Sunday, 27 September 2009

CFP: Musicology in the 3rd Millennium (Sibelius Academy)

17 - 19 MARCH 2010

An interdisciplinary and international symposium organized by Sibelius Academy, Department of Folk Music, The Doctoral School of Music, Theatre and Dance, and University Consortium of Seinäjoki in collaboration with The Finnish Musicological Society and The Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology, 17th–19th of March 2010, in Sokos Hotel Lakeus,Seinäjoki, Finland.

Call for Papers and Presentations

Musicology in the 3rd Millennium is an international symposium whose focus is on the recent and future technological, economical, legal and aesthetic changes embedded in the production and consumption of music, as well as on the challenges these changes bring on to musicology.

At the closing decades of the 20th century, the intellectual and cultural current we’ve come to call “postmodernism”, seemed to offer a whole new way of looking at society, culture and history around us.

The supposedly major epistemological and ontological break between modernism and postmodernism has played itself out as a series of simultaneous and rapid changes in technology, economy and culture. These changes have, in some instances, been tangible and far-reaching: Sony Walkman, for instance, did not immediately bring on a change to the whole variety of ways in which we consume music, but nevertheless we cannot overlook the extent to which more and more music is being listened to through portable media in our times.

The social status in different musics has become problematic. Highbrow and lowbrow, once clear and unproblematic aesthetic categories of music, have recently become empty concepts referring to social distinctions in music that are now obsolete. Technology involved in the production of music has changed; personal computers have made new types of music production possible. Distribution of music over the internet has posed a difficult challenge to copyright legislation.

These cultural, political and economic changes have had consequences also to how we study music and its mediation in society. The main purpose of the symposium, in short, is to explore what particular issues scholars are face-to-face with in our times in their study of music.

The main themes addressed in the symposium are the following:
* Technical mediation of music (internet, portable media)
* Mediation of musical meanings (critics, education)
* Playlists (in radio, media players, Spotify)
* Legal issues involved in the electronic mediation of music
* Highbrow/Lowbrow in music today

Proposal Information
Proposal submissions should consist of a 300-word abstract addressing the focus areas of the symposium. A diversity of presentation formats is welcome. These could include paper presentation, lecture demonstration, panel and roundtable discussions. Standard presentations are generally 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes reserved for discussion and questions. If the substance of the presentation requires more time in the program, this should be mentioned in the proposal. The specific technical equipment needed for the presentation should be mentioned in the proposal. Selected presentations will be published in the Proceedings of the symposium

The working language in the symposium is english.

Poster Sessions

The symposium offers a poster session opportunity to share current research and/or practice with colleagues and others interested in the subject area of the symposium. Those interested in submitting a poster,should list the following in their proposal: the wall space required for the poster, technical equipment for sound demos, a stand for handouts, etc.

Submission Information
The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2009. Proposals may be submitted by mail or email. Please indicate your institutional affiliation and email address with your submission. Indicate clearly whether your submission is to be considered for paper/presentation or poster session. Send submissions to:

3rd Millennium -Symposium
Saijaleena Rantanen
Sibelius Academy
Vaasantie 11, 60101 Seinäjoki

Submissions by email should be sent to: 3rdmillennium2010 [at]

For inquiries, contact:
Prof. Vesa Kurkela
Tel: +358 (0)50 387 7308

Saijaleena Rantanen
Tel: +358 (0)40 710 4200

The symposium also has a website where you can find additional information concerning the symposium:

Program Committee: Prof. Vesa Kurkela (University of Tampere, Sibelius Academy), Dr. Markus Mantere (Doctoral School of Music, Theatre and Dance), Dr Heikki Uimonen (University of Tampere), Dr Kaarina Kilpiö (University of Helsinki), Olli Heikkinen (University of Tampere), Terhi Skaniakos (University of Jyväskylä) and Saijaleena Rantanen (Sibelius Academy)

Invited Keynotes
Dr. Georgina Born, Emmanuel College, Cambridge, UK

Georgina Born is Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Music in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the Cambridge University. She trained in Anthropology at University College London and uses ethnography to study cultural production, particularly television, music and IT, and knowledge systems. Her most recent ESRC-funded research, ‘Interdisciplinarity and Society: A Critical Comparative Study’ (2004-6,with Andrew Barry, Geography, Oxford, and Marilyn Strathern, Social Anthropology, Cambridge), analyses the nature of interdisciplinary collaborations bridging the natural sciences and engineering, on the one hand, and the arts and social sciences, on the other. For a summary of this research see:

Other ongoing research interests include a book in progress on cultural production, which brings into dialogue the anthropology and sociology of art, music and media; the normative dimensions of public service broadcasting, with a focus on how theories of democracy and difference can be brought to the analysis of the future of public media systems; how broadcast media are changing with digitization; music, mediation, technology and ontology, and the evolving modes of creativity attendant on music’s changing mediations; and music, sound, and the reconfiguration of public and private space.

Dr. Franco Fabbri, Universitá degli Studi di Torino
Fabbri has published on the rapport between music and technology (/Elettronica e musica)/; on confrontation of musical cultures in contemporary world (/L’ascolto tabù/) and on the intricate fabric of influences and coincidences in the history of popular music (/Around the clock/). His most read book (/Il suono in cui viviamo/, 3 editions) contains articles including genres, analysis of popular music and aesthetics of sound.

Dr. Marc Perlman, Brown University, USA
Marc Perlman, ethnomusicologist, received his Ph.D. from Wesleyan University. Before joining Brown University, he spent a year as a Fellow of the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University. He has also taught at Tufts University, and in Indonesia, where he was founding editor of the Journal of the Indonesian Musicological Society. His scholarly writings have appeared in the journals Ethnomusicology, Asian Music, Musical Quarterly, Postmodern Culture, Music Perception, Indonesia, Social Studies of Science, and in the revised edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He has also published in Rhythm Music Magazine and the New York Times. He is a past president of the Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology.

Dr. Perlman’s research interests range widely both in geography and disciplinary affiliation. He specializes in the musical traditions of Indonesia, but has also extensive experience with the gamelan music of Central Java, music of Bali and North Sumatra, music of Ireland, India,and Burma (Myanmar), as well as American popular music. Dr. Perlman’s research in these areas is variously informed by anthropology, sociology, history, post-colonial studies, cultural studies, music theory, cognitive psychology, science and technology studies, and legal theory.

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