Conference 2019

Please note that the Call for Contributions below is now closed.

Music and Materialisms: A Free One-day Conference

Saturday 23rd February 2019, Visconti Studio, Kingston University

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Eric Clarke (University of Oxford)

CONFERENCE DETAILS

The conference programme can be viewed here [pdf].

The paper abstracts in full can be read here [pdf].

Registration (free): via this link to eventbrite.

REGISTRATION

The event is free to attend, both to presenters and interested audiences. To facilitate this, we will be asking all attendees to purchase their own lunch in the University’s various catering facilities.

If you are interested in attending as an audience member, please book your place via EventBrite here as places are limited (link to registration here).

If you have an questions, please direct these to the event organisers via musicandmaterialism [at] gmail.com

Prof. Isabella van Elferen (Kingston University)

Dr Matthew Sergeant (Bath Spa University)

Dr Samuel Wilson (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)

DIRECTIONS AND PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Visconti Studio is located on the Kingston Hill campus. Information is here: http://www.visconti-studio.co.uk

For those using public transport:

Buses 85 and K3 (both from Surbiton or Kingston train station) stop just outside the campus. Once you’re on campus, follow the signs to Coombehurst Buildings and Visconti Studio.

For those driving:

The post code is KT2 7LB, and you can park by the Studio (car park B: follow the signs to Coombehurst Buildings and Visconti Studio) or just across the road (car park A: the first car park you see when you get on to campus). Parking is free on a Saturday.

 


Please note that the Call for Contributions below is now closed.

Music and Materialisms: A Free One-day Conference

Saturday 23rd February 2019, Visconti Studio, Kingston University

Deadline for Proposals: Monday 10th December 2018 (closed)

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Eric Clarke (University of Oxford)

CONTEXT

Much attention is being paid to the role that objects, matter, and materiality have in music-making, history, and aesthetics. One might, for instance, undertake a “carnal musicology”, take account of music’s “drastic” aspects, consider musical instruments’ “social lives”, engage material practices of musical production and consumption, or draw focus to embodied aspects of music through one’s practice-research. One might also reflect on the potential limits of a musical materialism – on questions concerning experience, abstraction, and excess. These trends are themselves unfolding among interdisciplinary developments in materialist thinking: be this in disciplines such as anthropology, art theory, or philosophy, or under diverse theoretical perspectives variously labelled feminist, Marxian, Adornian, post-anthropocentric, Deleuzian, vital materialist, as well as those explicitly self-identified as “new materialist” – to name but a few.

This transhistorical conference seeks to draw together scholars interested in using such frameworks to challenge existent ontologies of sound and sound-making. The conference organisers are particularly interested in contributions relating to music and materialism as relating to the following themes:

  • Power: Material inscriptions of power; The foregrounding or loss of questions about power/inequalities in different materialist approaches; Politics of making; feminist and queer materialisms; Forms of organisation;
  • Bodies: The body in performance and reception; The place of the senses (beyond hearing); Affect; Materiality of performative acts; Explorations of bodies/genders in performance; Embodiment and materiality limits; Interfaces; Touch and materiality;
  • Notation: Role of the score as a “script” for performance; Material indeterminacy; Participatory music-making and politics of performance; The score as a material object; New notational approaches;
  • Histories: The history of material objects; Historical dimensions of materialist theories themselves – why materialisms, and why now? Is it possible to conceive of history without a place for materiality?;
  • Culture: Organology; Museology; Curatorial practices; Analysis of physical objects and social meanings; Imagery; Mediation of material objects in practices of production; Dissemination; Consumption; Simulation; computational technology and non-parametric notions of making;
  • Ontology: Beyond representationism; Non-repeatability; Actuality of musical sound vs. nothingness; Post-sapien/post-humanism; Notions of flux; Indeterminacy,

 CONTRIBUTIONS

The conference organisers welcome proposals for contributions in a variety of formats. Papers (20 minutes), artistic reports, performances, lecture-recitals, and interactive demonstrations (along with other formats of the proposer’s devising) are all welcome.

SUBMITTING PROPOSALS

To submit a proposal to the conference committee, please submit the following two documents in MS Word format as an email attachment to musicandmaterialism [at] gmail.com (replace the “at” with an @ symbol).

1. Proposal Document

Your proposal document will be double-blind peer reviewed and should be anonymised from all identifying author details. Unfortunately, non-anonymised proposals will have to be rejected. Your proposal document should include:

a) Title

b) Format: Paper; Artistic report, Performance; Lecture-recital;

Interactive demonstration; Other (if other, please describe in no more than 50 words). Under normal circumstances, all formats will be offered a 20-minute platform, with 10-minutes of discussion. If an alternate timeframe is required, please make this clear in your proposal document.

c) Abstract: 300 words.

2. Author Information

In a separate file, please include the following information:

a) Title: As per the proposal document, used for identification purposes only,

b) Names of all participants g. one in the case of single-authored paper,

c) Contact details: Email, telephone. For multi-authored contributions please provide a single named contact.

d) Short biography: 150 words per participant,

Note: The author information document will not be used in the selection process.

THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF THIS MATERIALS IS: Monday 10th December 2018

CONTACT/QUESTIONS

Please direct all questions to the event organisers via musicandmaterialism [at] gmail.com

Conference Organisers:

Prof. Isabella van Elferen (Kingston University)

Dr Matthew Sergeant (Bath Spa University)

Dr Samuel Wilson (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)

 

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