MPSG 2017

6th Conference of the Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group

Department of Music and Department of Philosophy, King’s College London, Thursday and Friday, 13-14 July 2017

The RMA Music and Philosophy Study Group’s biennial conference offered an opportunity for those with an interest in music and philosophy to share and discuss work, in the hope of furthering dialogue in this area.

The final conference programme can be found here.

The conference was conceived as a hub of interaction where people can meet and discuss work informally as well as formally. This was our first biennial conference: previous events have been annual. With this change in timing, we changed the overall format in order to continue our mission to maximise diversity and inclusivity, whilst upholding the highest scholarly standards. The RMA MPSG 2017 Conference featured five types of sessions:

  • Keynote sessions, featuring invited speakers: Martha Feldman and Jerrold Levinson
  • Roundtable sessions featured responses to the work of Roger Scruton and Jean-Luc Nancy
  • Associates sessions were hosted by other organisations with related interests
  • Themed sessions were organised by individual session convenors, who selected papers themselves
  • Free sessions were made up of papers submitted to an open, unthemed, call for papers

Calls for papers for all types of session are now closed.

Keynote Sessions:

We were pleased to announce that our distinguished keynote speakers for 2017 would be Martha Feldman and Jerrold Levinson.

Roundtable Sessions

The conference featured two exciting roundtable sessions consisting of responses to the work of individual authors.

  • Responses to Jean-Luc Nancy; this session featured a video address from Nancy and respondents to include Julian Johnson as well as Naomi-Waltham Smith.
    Convened and chaired by Tomas McAuley.
  • Responses to Roger Scruton’s new book on Wagner, The Ring of Truth; this session featured Roger Scruton, Paul Boghossian, John Deathridge and Andreas Dorschel.
    Convened and chaired by Andrew Huddleston.

In addition to these sessions, there were two plenary debates with invited speakers, one at the start of the conference and one at its close. All other conference time were devoted to Associates, Themed, and Free Sessions.

Associates Sessions

We were delighted to feature sessions hosted by the following organisations:

The topic and format of these sessions were left open to the hosting organisations.

Themed Sessions

Please find below further details of each session, including the original call for papers for each session, as well as speakers and paper titles.

Free Sessions

Free sessions were comprised of papers submitted to a general call for papers. So long as there was a clear connection to the area of music and philosophy, free paper submissions were assessed without recourse to thematic considerations.