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Exhibiting Music


Wed, 14 July 2021 | 17:00 – 19:30 GMT+1 MPSG online series | Panel ‘To exhibit means to fix, to present, to hang on the wall, to mount. An exhibition lets the viewer take in the works in their immobile position, returning as many times as they wish. Music is transient, unfolding in time, in the moment just past – thus speaks to us from our memory. Yet to preserve this separation – exhibited art...

What is Openness? Institutions in Dialogue


Wed, 7 July 2021 | 17:00 – 19:30 GMT+1 | MPSG online 21 | Panel This session raises questions against the background of the world’s recent turmoil. How does openness get inflected, displaced, and silenced by institutional structures (financial as much as aesthetic and political)? How might a critique of institutions and institutional dialogue help to square the relationship between disciplinary...

Brian Kane | online lecture


First session of the RMA Music and Philosophy Study Group Online Series 2021 Brian Kane Listening & Technique Wed, 16 June 202118:00 – 19:30 CEST Scholars in music, philosophy, and sound studies often consider listening to be a technique—one that is shaped by both the individual capacities of listeners as well as entrained social norms. Starting from that premise, this paper will attempt to...

Decolonising Music Studies: A Roundtable


The Auralities network at the Centre for Research on the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at University of Cambridge, in collaboration with the RMA Music and Philosophy Study Group, is pleased to present: Decolonising Music Studies: A RoundtableWednesday, 2 June 20212:30 pm BST Alexander Douglas (Cambridge); guest convenorDiljeet Kaur Bhachu (Royal Northern College of Music)Shzr Ee...

MPSG pandemic plans


With regret and after careful consideration, the RMA MPSG committee has made the decision to cancel our biennial conference MPSG2021. We had hoped that progress with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic would have permitted us to hold the conference in person in July 2021, but continuing uncertainty surrounding international travel arrangements over the next few months makes this impossible. MPSG 2022...

CFP: Words without songs. From language aesthetics to aesthetic theory in Adorno’s musical writings


Symposium at the University of Vienna and the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (mdw) 12–14 November 2020 Organisation: Wolfgang Fuhrmann (Leipzig), Gabriele Geml (Vienna), Han-Gyeol Lie (Graz), Nikolaus Urbanek (Vienna) Call for Papers “Es gibt kein richtiges Leben im falschen.” (There is no right life in the wrong one.) – “Bei vielen Menschen ist es bereits eine Unverschämtheit...

Dialektik (in) der Musik: Philosophische Analysen von Beethoven bis Boulez


Cancelled due to COVID-19 März 26 – 27, 2020 Venue: Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg | Lehmkuhlenbusch 4 | 27753 Delmenhorst Organizers: Dr. Richard Klein, Musikhochschule Freiburg Programm (download) Dieses Symposion ist »interdisziplinär«. Die in ihm vertretenen Fächer sind Philosophie, Musikwissenschaft und Soziologie. Ihr gemeinsame Thema lautet: »Dialektik (in) der Musik«. Adorno zum Trotz...

CFA: Music and Language Revisited


Call for articles Journal Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio Vol. 14, N. 1/2020 Special issue on: Music and Language Revisited Edited Chris Stover & Stefano Oliva Deadline: 18.03.2020 The relationship between music and language has been complicated since the advent of post-Enlightenment musical aesthetics. On one hand, as Eduard Hanslick insists in *Vom Musikalisch-Schönen *(1854)...

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