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International Summit on Gender, Sexuality, and Equity in Grove Music Online

Posted: August 5th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

University of Guelph (Canada)
May 29, 30, and 31, 2020

In the fall of 2019, Grove Music Online (GMO) will launch a comprehensive revision and expansion of its content relating to gender and sexuality. While its focus is on gender and sexuality, this endeavor presents an opportunity for all fields of music and sound scholarship— performance, education, composition, ethnomusicology, musicology, library science, music theory, and music therapy—to take an intersectional approach to addressing equity and inclusion of all kinds in print and digital reference documents (encyclopedias, dictionaries, indexes, educational materials, source books, score anthologies, museum exhibits, and so on). To that end, in collaboration with scholarly and community partners, the University of Guelph will hold a summit from May 29-31, 2020.

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Riffs: Call for Proposals

Posted: July 26th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Technology is something I love and hate at the same time. One one hand the absence of any kind of technology means silence (or an environment of natural sounds which we hear much clearer because of the general silence); on the other hand, you need technology to make art’.

Christina Kubisch, ‘Artists’ Statements II: Christina Kubisch’, in The Cambridge Companion to Electronic Music, ed. by Nick Collins and Julio d’Escriván, 2nd edn (Cambridge. Cambridge University Press, 2017:176)

This issue of Riffs will engage with music and technology, and the ways in which we communicate our insights, observations, engagements and relationships between them. As the journal title suggests, we are interested in pieces that take an experimental approach to the analytical consideration of popular music. For examples of pieces based on previous prompts, have a look through our current and past issues, available to download from our website – www.riffsjournal.org.

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Punk and the Sacred

Posted: July 26th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

The Punk Scholars Network will be hosting a 1 -2 day symposium at Mansions of the Future (Lincoln, UK) on the 28th and 29th November 2019 on the theme of ‘Punk and the Sacred’ as part of the Punk Scholar’s Network’s series of themed symposiums.

The keynote will be delivered by Ross Haenfler.

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International Artistic Jazz Research Symposium

Posted: July 26th, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Date: 6 October, 2019
Venue: Jam Music Lab Private University Vienna, Guglgasse 8, Gasometer B, 1110 Vienna
Submission Deadline: 19 August 2019

In partnership with Institute for Jazz Research, University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz, and Jam Music Lab Private University for Jazz and Popular Music Vienna

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Imperfection as an Aesthetic Idea in Music: Perspectives from Musicology and Artistic Research

Posted: July 21st, 2019 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Venue: University for Music and the Performing Arts, Graz, Austria (Kunstuniversität Graz)
Dates: May 6 and 7th, 2020
Submission Deadline: 15 October 2019
Languages: English and German
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Seth Brodsky (University of Chicago)

Web address: https://musikaesthetik.kug.ac.at/institut-14-musikaesthetik/symposien/imperfection-as-an-aesthetic-idea-in-music.html

When we look to music, are we looking for perfection? Or does imperfection ultimately have more aesthetic value for us as practitioners and researchers? Historically, perfection has been treated with suspicion as an aesthetic idea in general.  Already in the 1757 On the Sublime and the Beautiful, Edmund Burke mused that “beauty in distress is the most affecting beauty”; Heinrich Kleist, in his 1810 On the Marionette Theater, further suggested that perfection in art only resided beyond the domain of the properly human.  In recent discussions of aesthetics in the more specific realm of music, however, the issue of imperfection has most often been discussed with primary reference to musical improvisation, although additional topics have sometimes been part of the discourse in musicology and artistic research.

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