AccueilMusic and Democracy: beyond Metaphors and Idealization

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Publié le mardi 16 octobre 2018 par Anastasia Giardinelli

Résumé

This study day aims to interrogate the experimental and novel socialities, imagined communities and social and institutional conditions summoned into being by 'democratic' forms of music-making: What is the nature of a 'democratic ideal' in music (or art-making more widely)? What is achieved, politically, by rethinking the way in which music is made? When does such rethinking affect the wider domain of social relations, and when does it not? If democratic music-making can help with the wider democratisation of social life, how does it do so? When and how is ‘democratic' music more than just a metaphor?

Annonce

21 June 2019 - University of Huddersfield

Convened by Igor Contreras Zubillaga (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Huddersfield) and Robert Adlington (University of Huddersfield)

Keynote speaker: Esteban Buch (CRAL/EHESS, Paris)

Presentation

Democracy has been an ideal for musicians throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Musicians working in fields including modern composition, jazz, improvisation, orchestral social inclusion projects, and online networked performance have been drawn to democracy as a metaphor and ideal for legitimising their practice.

How are we to understand such appeals to the concept of democracy, in the musical field? Although the concept of democracy tends spontaneously to arouse approval and adherence, consideration should be given to the great diversity of uses that have been made of it (and continue to be made nowadays), the multiplicity of forms of democracy, and the historicity of democratic systems. These complex facets of democracy became especially apparent in the political context of transition to democracy after an authoritarian regime, leading to a struggle between different 'ideas' of democracy. Therefore, a careful scrutiny of what 'democratic' means and a close analysis of the relations being produced, for whom, and why, seem necessary in each particular case.

Building upon the conference 'Finding Democracy in Music', held at the University of Huddersfield in September 2017, this study day – the first one of a series of three – aims to interrogate what Georgina Born has termed 'the experimental and novel socialities, imagined communities and social and institutional conditions summoned into being' by 'democratic' forms of music-making. What is the nature of a 'democratic ideal' in music (or art-making more widely)? What is achieved, politically, by rethinking the way in which music is made? When does such rethinking affect the wider domain of social relations, and when does it not? If democratic music-making can help with the wider democratisation of social life, how does it do so? When and how is 'democratic' music more than just a metaphor?

Submission Guidelines

We invite proposals from scholars working in any discipline for papers exploring these and related questions in relation to any musical practice. Papers will be 30-minutes in length with 15 minutes of discussion time, to enable the fullest exchange. Please submit proposals (250-300 words) to I.ContrerasZubillaga@hud.ac.uk 

by the deadline Thursday 31 January 2019.

The programme will be announced in early March. 

Lieux

  • University of Huddersfield - Queensgate
    Huddersfield, Grande-Bretagne (HD1)

Dates

  • jeudi 31 janvier 2019

Mots-clés

  • music and democracy, musicology, music history, music and politics, cultural history, performance studies, political science, political history,

Contacts

  • Igor Contreras Zubillaga
    courriel : contrerasigor [at] gmail [dot] com

Source de l'information

  • Igor Contreras Zubillaga
    courriel : contrerasigor [at] gmail [dot] com

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« Music and Democracy: beyond Metaphors and Idealization », Appel à contribution, Calenda, Publié le mardi 16 octobre 2018, https://calenda.org/486818

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