The Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group (MPSG) aims to provide a distinctive, long-term forum for those with an interest in music and philosophy to share and discuss work, in the hope of furthering dialogue in this area.

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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)...

CONF: Expression, Language, and Music (ELM)


13-15 May 2020 | Lyceum Center, Hartford, CT ECOM’s (Expression, Communication, and Origins of Meaning Research Group) new biennial conference *Expression, Language, and Music (ELM)* Conference Conference website (including links to registration): When Darwin turned to apply his evolutionary framework to language (in Ch. 2 of The Descent of Man) he outlined a phylogenetic scenario that...

CFA: Sound Pictures


The British Society of Aesthetics is delighted to sponsor Sound Pictures, a conference bringing together theorists, researchers, and postgraduates from within philosophy to explore the topic of multi-sensory appreciation of the arts. Papers on either genuinely multi-sensory works or about the contribution by different modalities to the appreciation of single-sensory works are welcomed. Call for...

Review of the Symposium “Was ist Musikphilosophie?”


Review by Julia Freund (University of Giessen) On 23 and 24 November 2019, the so-called “Probesaal” of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig (HMT) turned into a vibrant hub of musico-philosophical discussions, with 15 talks in plenary sessions, linked by a continuous exchange of thoughts, questions and hypotheses that stretched well into the breaks and evenings. And still, time always...

Symposium: Was ist Musikphilosophie?


DirectionProf. Dr. Wolfgang Fuhrmann (University of Leipzig) Prof. Dr. Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf (Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy) In Cooperation withGesellschaft für Musik und Ästhetik and the Zentrum für Gegenwartsmusik of the HMT 22 – 24 November 2019 Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig Felix Mendelssohn BartholdyGroßer Saal/Probensaal | Grassistr...

AMS 2019, MPSG Panel on Mysticism


Chair, Delia Casadei (University of California, Berkeley)
 Edwin Li (Harvard University), “Mysticism as Philosophical (Non-)Foundation: Reconstructing a Daoist Critique of Confucian Discourse of Music in Early China” Karen Leistra-Jones (Franklin and Marshall College), “Summoning Beethoven: Spiritualism and the Act of Performance” Martin Scherzinger (New York University), “Music’s Xenogenesis...

CFP: Mysticism, AMS 2019


CFP: MysticismThe AMS Music and Philosophy Study Group will convene a panel at the 2019AMS Annual Meeting on the subject of Mysticism. In a multitude of globalcultures, across vast spans of historical time, music has often beencentral to philosophically and spiritually transformative forms ofmysticism. Among philosophers, some have affectively and politically fearedor critiqued music’s...

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