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Symposium on Eudaimonia, Music, and Music Education

Posted: June 4th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | 1 Comment »

May 22nd & 23rd, 2020

John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA

Eudaimonia – often interpreted as “living well,” “pursuing one’s true purpose,” or “human flourishing” – is a perennial philosophical concept in Western scholarship. It frequently goes unarticulated, especially within the practices of music and education.

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Progressive Rock and Metal:  Towards a Contemporary Understanding

Posted: June 3rd, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

The 4th Biennial International Conference of the Progect Network for the Study of Progressive Rock

Hosted by Lori Burns at the University of Ottawa, May 20-22, 2020 (Ottawa, Canada)


Progressive Rock and Metal: Towards a Contemporary Understanding aims to explore the past and present contexts of the genres of progressive rock and metal. With its origins in the psychedelic counterculture and freeform rock radio (a format featuring long-playing records) in the late 1960s, progressive rock of the 1970s was characterized by formal complexity, dynamic variety, instrumental experimentation, and the influence of classical and jazz music. While progressive rock flourished in the 1970s with bands such as Pink Floyd, Genesis, and Rush, the 1980s and 1990s saw the rise of progressive metal as a major development within the metal scene. Bands such as Dream Theater, Tool, and Meshuggah presented a new style of metal that embraced many of the values of progressive rock (e.g. harmonic, rhythmic, and formal complexity, instrumental virtuosity, and concept-driven albums) and ventured into new and innovative musical territories such as dense chromaticism and polyrhythmic structures.

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Sixth International Performance Studies Conference

Posted: June 1st, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

University of Huddersfield, 2-5 July, 2020.

Proposals are invited for papers, lecture-recitals, research reports and themed sessions for the Sixth International Performance Studies Conference.

The conference will cover a wide range of musics, approaches, methodologies and practices pertaining to Performance Studies. We welcome presentations that reflect this diversity, including early music, contemporary music, music located across oral and literate traditions, acoustic, electronic and multimedia performance, and more.

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