Music and Transcendence
November 29th 2011, Cambridge, U.K.
This interdisciplinary conference will explore the ways in which music relates to transcendence. Papers will consider the ways in which music relates to infinite and ‘ultimate’ meaning as well as the ways in which music enables the creation of meaning and fulfilment within an ‘immanent’ frame.
Within certain strands of contemporary discourse, philosophy and theology are set in opposition. Modern philosophy tends to deny the existence of a transcendent realm whilst theology affirms it, yet both attempt to find a stable ground for the construction of meaning. Historically, they can be said to have shared a common end: both have been concerned with ontology in its deepest and broadest sense, since both question the nature of existence, asking what it is to be, and so making suggestions as to how one might live.
The aim of the conference is to return to the common ground shared by philosophy and theology through an exploration of the ways in which they engage with music. Music has not only featured prominently in many philosophical and theological accounts of the nature of existence and the self, but also provides a valuable resource for the creation of meaning on a day-to-day basis. The practice of music is inherently relational and it is thus that it is able to facilitate different forms of transcendence: within both the performance and reception of music the self is placed in relation to others and otherness.
Registration is now open for a one-day inter-disciplinary conference on Music and Transcendence to be held in Cambridge on November 29, 2011. All papers and performances will consider the ways in which music relates to infinite and ‘ultimate’ meaning as well as the ways in which music enables the creation of meaning and fulfilment within an ‘immanent’ frame.
Keynote talks include:
‘Effing the ineffable’, Professor Roger Scruton
‘In the Beginning, There Was Improvisation: Responding to the Call’,
Professor Bruce Ellis Benson
‘Music and the Beyond: A Millennium of Witness’, Professor Christopher Page
Details of the short papers sessions, evening concert, and registration can
be found at:
Conference Website: www.musicandtranscendence.ferdiastone-davis.com
Registration closes on November 22 2011.
Anglia Ruskin University