CFP (conf): Music, Marxism, and the Frankfurt School


“Music, Marxism, and the Frankfurt School,” International Conference, Dublin 2014


The group of intellectual left-wing German thinkers known as the Frankfurt School, active in Frankfurt from the late-1920s and later in the US and Germany, focused their critical attention on culture, asking how it affected people’s political outlook and activities. Their powerful admixture of philosophy, sociology, and cultural critique played a key role in modernism in the German cultural sphere. Their conception of culture as a repository of new values continues to impact and influence how we in the twenty-first century think about art and culture, particularly music.

The international conference “Music, Marxism, and the Frankfurt School” will give sustained attention to the rich and fascinating interaction between music and the socio-cultural and aesthetic theory of Marxist writers in the Austro-German sphere, including members of the Frankfurt School. The conference committee welcomes submissions from a diverse field of interdisciplinary scholars, as outlined in the Call for Papers. The Keynote Lecture will be delivered by Professor Max Paddison (Durham University). The conference is hosted by the School of Music, University College Dublin. It is sponsored and co-funded by the FP7 Marie Curie Actions of the European Commission, and is carried out in association with the Society for Musicology in Ireland, and the Department of Music, University of California, Irvine.

The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2013. Please see for further details.


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