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DEGEM News – [ak-discourse] CfP: Music, Musicology and Academic Responsibilities in the 21st Century, Dublin, 1-3 July 2024

Von: Lepa, Steffen
Datum: Wed, 11 Oct 2023
Betreff: [ak-discourse] CfP: Music, Musicology and Academic Responsibilities in the 21st Century, Dublin, 1-3 July 2024

Music, Musicology and Academic Responsibilities in the 21st Century

International Conference
University College Dublin, 1-3 July 2024

Call for Papers

In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech in 2005 Harold Pinter said: “There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false … I believe that these assertions still make sense … [in] art. So as a writer I stand by them but as a citizen I cannot. As a citizen I must ask: What is true? What is false?”
This dichotomy between the duties of artists (as well as humanities scholars) and of private citizens indicates why the arts and humanities find themselves at a crossroads today. The moral turn of the last decade, the increased focus on sustainability, equity, diversity and inclusion as underpinning all academic work regardless of the discipline, the increasing polarisation of our society, the relativisation of truth as represented by the post-truth mentality, and neoliberal pressures leave the arts and humanities between a rock and a hard place. Thus, we all must continuously explore realignments of our duties as academics and citizens. Like every generation before us, we have to find new ways to understand and answer the challenge posed by Karl Marx’s (slightly adjusted) eleventh Feuerbach thesis, that our work should not merely describe and interpret the musical world in various ways but also help change it.
This conference – organised in association with the Society for Musicology in Ireland – shall try to find common ground between representatives of the various music-related areas and different roles of this debate. Our aim is to provide a platform for productive discussions while exploring strategic options to address the disparate forces that threaten the foundations of both academic discourse and societal cohesion.
The following list suggests areas that proposals can engage with. However, it is by no means exhaustive – proposals covering other topics are welcome, too.

•       Truth and relativism in music and musicology
•       The impact of ethical considerations on methodologies and vice versa
•       How our (digital) tools change the ways we think and operate
•       Strengths and weaknesses of critical theory in the 21st century
•       Polarisation in the musical humanities
•       How objective can and should we be? Reason and emotion as subjects and objects of musicological scholarship
•       Intersectionality in music and musicology – the conceptual and practical interaction of ethnic grouping, class, gender etc. in scholarship
•       Re-balancing musicology and musical practice
•       The role of aesthetics in a context-focused world
•       Neoliberal concepts and practices in the musical humanities
•       AI’s impact on production, reception, authenticity and ethics in music

This conference will take place in person without a hybrid option. Proposals are invited for individual papers or sessions of three papers. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words and be accompanied by a CV of no more than 150 words. In the case of a session proposal the abstracts should be accompanied by an introduction to the session topic of up to 250 words. Proposals should be submitted in a word-compatible format (no pdf!) by 1 December 2023 to the following email account: academic-responsibilities@ucd.ie. Notification of the selection results will be released by 26 January 2024. Further details will be released over time on the conference webpage (https://www.ucd.ie/music/newsandevents/conferences/).

Organising Committee
•       Wolfgang Marx (University College Dublin)
•       Helen Lawlor (Technological University Dublin)
•       Alexandra Monchick (California State University, Northridge)
•       Dillon Parmer (University of Ottawa)
•       Peter Tregear (University of Melbourne)