CFP (conf): Radical Music History


Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland, December 8-9, 2011

Call for Papers

Knowledge concerning past music and musical life should be supported by critical scholarly work. Unfortunately, the type of knowledge transmission taking place in music universities, musicology departments, conservatories, music classes in colleges and schools, or private studios today is often canonized and taken for granted.  Radical  research, however, leads us to the roots of the formation of the canon  (radical, from Latin radicalis, “of or having roots”).

The Radical music history symposium, organised by the Sibelius Academy, aims to open up new, critical, and even revolutionary political perspectives in the research field of music history, including all musical genres, Western and non-Western musical traditions and various forms of music education. In this symposium, we not only abandon the notion of music history being ‘objective’ but would also like to enhance research perspectives through active social engagement, as well as critical, political and ethical stances combined with rigorous scholarship.

We invite papers dealing with music history from different perspectives, including:

–  The revival and revitalization of forgotten music
–  Music taken off its pedestal
–  Music and censorship
–  The disappeared and the silenced in the musical canon
–  Music of the establishment and the oppressed
–  Music as an instrument of power
–  Popular, unpopular or forbidden sounds
–  Music education as indoctrination
–  Music of the (neo)colonizers and the (neo)colonized

In addition to individual papers (20 min), we would like to encourage participants to consider collaborative projects and shared symposia or panel sessions (1 hour).

The keynote speakers at the symposium will be Derek Scott, (University of Leeds, UK), Jann Pasler (University of California, San Diego, USA) and Lauri Väkevä (Sibelius Academy).

The Radical music history symposium will be held on December 8-9, 2011 at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland. The symposium will celebrate the inauguration of the new Helsinki Music Centre.

The abstracts will be peer-reviewed by independent reviewers. They should not exceed 300 words and should include full contact information for the author(s). The EXTENDED deadline for abstracts is May 1, 2011 and the authors will be contacted by May 31, 2011. Abstracts should be sent electronically to [log in to unmask] The organizers plan to initiate a book project on the basis of selected conference papers.

Organizing committee: Vesa Kurkela, Anne Sivuoja, Lauri Väkevä, Heidi

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