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Telling Stories: An International Conference on Music Archives and Heritage Narratives

Posted: February 11th, 2022 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

17th-19th November 2022

Convened by Manchester Digital Music Archive, the School of Digital Arts (SODA) at Manchester Metropolitan University and Music and Sonic Studies Manchester (MASSMcr) Manchester Metropolitan University

Alison Surtees – Co-founder Manchester Digital Music Archive

Dr Kirsty Fairclough – Reader in Screen Studies, Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange, School of Digital Arts (SODA) at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Dr Beate Peter – Senior Lecturer in German & Co-Lead of Music and Sonic Studies Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University

This hybrid two-day international conference open to academics, heritage and cultural institutions, provides a platform to address current societal and technological issues of heritage preservation in digital music archives. These issues include aspects of underrepresentation, digital literacy and inequality, access and public engagement, narration, memory work and many more. Bringing together heritage practitioners and scholars, the conference interrogates digital archiving methods and their impact on music heritage for both traditional institutions and community archives. New tools and engagement mechanisms in the digital sphere will be explored, and participants are invited to report on, develop and discuss creative solutions to the issues they encounter(ed).

We invite works that address, but are not limited to:

  • New methods of collecting, archiving and sharing.
  • Content creation and reimagining musical stories using heritage collections.
  • Existing examples of music archives and their journeys.
  • Race and the music archive.
  • Indigenous perspectives.
  • Gendered perspectives.
  • LGBTQ+ perspectives.
  • Technology and tools that increase access to and engagement with archives.
  • Social movements and the music archive.

A wide variety of presentation formats is encouraged, including but not limited to:

  • Standard 20-minute papers
  • Artist responses
  • Performances-live or recorded
  • Five-minute ‘pop up’ papers
  • Pre-recorded audiovisual presentation
  • Group presentations
  • Panels-including Q & A sessions
  • Video essays

Please submit 300-word proposals and 200-word bios by 31st March 2022 to [email protected]

Notifications of acceptance will be issued by Tuesday 3rd May 2022.

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