Conference 2013: Call for Papers

Music and Philosophy

(The call for papers is now closed.)

3rd Annual Conference of the Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group. Department of Music and Department of Philosophy, King’s College London
Friday and Saturday, 19-20 July 2013

Generously supported by King’s College London, the British Society of Aesthetics, the Institute of Musical Research, and the Department of Music, University of Nottingham.

Keynote speakers include:

Professor Georgina Born (University of Oxford)
Professor Stephen Davies (University of Auckland)

Plenary panellists include: Professor Jeremy Begbie (Duke), Professor Paul Boghossian (NYU), Professor Lawrence Kramer (Fordham), Professor Jenefer Robinson (Cincinnati).

The RMA Music and Philosophy Study Group warmly invites paper submissions for this two-day international conference, to be held in London on 19-20 July 2013, with some pre-conference activities on 18 July. The event, the third of an annual series of conferences run by the Study Group, will offer 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. Paper submissions on all topics related to the area of music and philosophy are welcome, but in particular those relating to this year’s optional theme of ‘Embodiment and the Physical’. Collaboration between persons from different disciplines – including between musicologists and philosophers and/or between composers/performers and more theoretically-minded scholars – would be especially welcomed.

Conference theme 2013: ‘Embodiment and the Physical’

Philosophers and musicologists have provided various ways of thinking through music in relation to its concrete particularity as sound, and its bodily nature in performance and hearing. In particular, they have paid attention to the phenomenology of listening; to the physical nature of sound and its relation to our perceptual experience; and to the bodily aspects of musical performance and their inscription in the gestures of musical scores. What exactly is the relation between sound and music? How is the body involved in the experience of sound, and of music? When answering such questions, what can philosophers learn from musicologists, and vice versa? Music is often conceived very abstractly, and music as ‘embodied thought’ both poses challenges and opens up new possibilities. This year’s (optional) theme seeks to encourage further philosophical and musicological debate about music within the area of ‘embodiment and the physical’.

In addition to papers relating to the conference theme, topics of interest might include (but are not limited to):

–         Music transcendence and spirituality
–         Profundity
–         What can philosophy learn from musicology?
–         What can musicology learn from philosophy?
–         Differing musics
–         Music, rhythm, and time
–         Aesthetics and practice
–         Composing and thinking
–         Performance, authenticity, and interpretation
–         Perception and expression
–         Music and memory
–         Music and everyday life
–         Music and ethics
–         Music and ontology
–         Music and emotion


Proposals are invited for:

–         Individual papers (20 minutes) – up to 350 words
–         Collaborative papers (up to 30 minutes) – up to 500 words
–         Themed paper sessions of three or four individual (20 minute) papers – 350 words per paper plus 350 words outlining the rationale for the session.
–         Lecture recitals (30 minutes) – 350 words

Please submit proposals by email in a word document attachment:

The deadline for proposals is Friday 8 February.

All paper submissions will be considered by the programme committee:

Professor Julian Dodd
Professor Julian Johnson
Tomas McAuley
Dr Nanette Nielsen
Professor Nick Zangwill

Reasonably priced university accommodation will be available.

More information is available on the conference website.