Call for Papers

We invite proposals for individual 20-minute papers. Proposals may consider any style, genre, or other aspect of music history, and we particularly encourage proposals on forms of notation and visualization in genres and practices that fall outside of the traditional scope of Western Art Music.

Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Notation and Performance: How do notations construct relations between performers? How might we consider the score a source of musical creativity in performance without assuming that notation “embodies” the music? How might notation, performance, and improvisation be entangled rather than opposed?
  • Notation and the Body: How does the visualization of music trigger the musical imagination, and how might other senses than vision and hearing be involved in the use of music notation? How do notations construct musicians’ embodied relation to their instrument, or vice versa?
  • Notation and Technology: How do new forms of technology necessitate or make possible new forms of musical notation? How does digitization of musical sources affect our relation to them?
  • Notation, Identity, and Exchange: How do certain repertoires communicate, construct, or obstruct ideas of tradition, community, or identity? How is the use of notation embedded in discourses of agency and authenticity? How have notions of copyright and the music industry influenced access to notation?
  • Notation and Ontology: How do notation systems construct ontologies of music? Are there alternative ways of considering notation to the traditional work-concept? (How) has this concept misrepresented the working of notations outside of the classical repertoire?
  • Notation and Knowledge: What does it mean to “read” music and how is musical literacy socially and culturally conditioned? What has been the role of notation in the construction of musicological knowledge and might non-traditional forms of notation construct other musicologies?

Proposals of 250-300 words should be sent as a .doc or .pdf attachment to notationcultures@gmail.com, and must include the following: title, author(s), affiliation(s) (if any), email address, and technical requirements.

The deadline for proposals is 1 October 2017. Decisions will be communicated by 1 November. Registration will open in December 2017.