[ 30. November 2010 ]

CALL – Sound at Play: Music, Humor, and Games, Columbia Univ., New York, Mar 2011

From: „Straebel | TU Berlin“
Date: November 30, 2010 4:00:28 PM GMT+01:00
Subject: [ak-discourse] Sound at Play: Music, Humor, and Games,
Columbia Univ., New York, Mar 2011

Call for Abstracts:

Columbia Music Scholarship Conference 2011

The Columbia Music Scholarship Conference invites graduate students and
recent Ph.D. recipients to submit abstracts to be selected for
at our ninth annual meeting on March 5, 2011 at Columbia University.
We are
soliciting proposals from scholars active in all fields related to the
academic study of music, as well as other areas within the humanities,
social sciences, education, or science and technology studies.

We seek to seriously consider music as play. The many ways that
performers, intermediaries, and listeners play with music and sound
allow us
to examine music as a locus of humor, competition, rule, risk,
pleasure, and
amusement. Musical games teach us about social order early in our
lives, yet
musical humor is often profoundly subversive of social and cultural
and structures. As various commercial sectors capitalize on the
humorous, playful, and competitive, they also help produce new modes of
sociability and musicality. How do humor and games influence musical
activity and how does playful musicality produce the humorous? How have
composers incorporated games and play into their works and how does
humor affect cultural and economic value?

Paper topics on music, humor, and games could encompass approaches
on a broad range of historical periods, cultures, societies, and various
forms of musical activity, including composition, performance,
consumption, and mechanical reproduction. CMSC aims to produce a
methodological counterpoint by representing historical, biographical,
sociological, textual, philosophical, and ethnographic approaches to the
study of music and sound as play.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following: musical
puns; timing, expectation and indeterminacy; „game pieces“ and aleatoric
composition; irony in music; music in computer/video games; music and
sports; dance games; farce; comic opera; humor and games in musical
improvisation; musical games as education; playful modes of musical
sociality; cultural and economic value of the musically humorous;
drinking games; musical play in childhood, adolescence, and among
subversion and competition in composition, performance, and consumption.

Proposals/Abstracts: Abstracts of 250 words, including a title,
should be
submitted electronically by December 15, 2010 to: SoundatPlay2011 at
gmail.com. Please include your name and contact information in your
only, and attach the abstract as a Word, text, or .pdf file. The
will select papers anonymously. All scholars who submit abstracts will
notified of the committee’s decision by December 22, 2011.