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Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

While the conference theme of “Music and Institutional Power” was inspired by dialogue around academic institutions, we also encourage submissions on non-academic institutional power and music. Topics for proposals may include but are not limited to:

I. (De)constructing the Canon(s): What pieces or styles of music are deemed “worthy” of study, performance, and recording? Who gets to make these determinations? How do decisions about musical value create and reflect ideas about the relative values of peoples and cultural expressions?

II. Constituencies for Performance

A. Hierarchies of Applied Music Pedagogy: What pieces, styles, composers, and instruments are taught in music schools? How do inclusions and exclusions show flows of power around music pedagogy?

B. Identifying Patrons: How do we identify audiences for particular types of music? What kinds of assumptions underpin our identifications? How do these assumptions reflect current and/or historical ideas about hierarchies of musical value.


III. Who Gets to Talk About What Music?

A. Decolonizing the Field, Decolonizing the Academy: Where is “the field”? How do we choose field sites (places, times, people, genres, etc.)? Which field sites are considered “appropriate” for which bodies? How do these conceptions reflect and create ideas about bodies and epistemology?

B. Determining Scholarly Legitimacy: Who is considered an “authority” in music scholarship? (I.e.: who is automatically taken seriously and who is not?) How is the attribution of authority related to particular subjects of study and how do these relationships show the centers and margins of institutional power?

C. Politics of Representation: Who is “allowed” to speak for whom? What does it mean to write about difference?

Submission Guidelines

Please submit a 250-word abstract in PDF format. DO NOT label the abstract with your name. Label as: Paper Title_abstract.

Please submit abstracts to Program Committee Co-Chair Alec MacIntyre at macintyre.kat@gmail.com with the subject line “Abstract submission.” In the body of the email, include your name (as you would like it to appear in future correspondence) and institutional affiliation.

Submission Deadline: Monday, November 14 by 5 p.m. EDT.

Notification: Applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection by Monday, December 5. All chosen presenters must register for the February 2017 conference. Registration fee is $10. Chosen participants will be sent a link to register online. All others can register as conference auditors starting in January 2017, details to be announced later.

Call for lecture/recitals

The topic of institutional power has come up in recent conversations surrounding multiple professional societies for music scholarship. As a means of participating in these conversations and specifically centering students’ voices, the theme for the inaugural Pitt Grad Student Conference is “Music and Institutional Power.” Graduate students in any sub-discipline of music scholarship are invited to submit proposals for 20-minute paper presentations OR lecture/recitals.

While the conference theme of “Music and Institutional Power” was inspired by dialogue around academic institutions, we also encourage submissions on non-academic institutional power and music.

Eligibility

The University of Pittsburgh invites all Graduate students currently enrolled at the University level within the United States, Mexico, and Canada to submit works for lecture/performance. (University of Pittsburgh students are not eligible)

Only pieces for fixed media (2-channel).

All performances will take place in the Music Department’s Electronic Music Studio. Available playback software includes Logic, Digital Performer, and Ableton.

All chosen composers must register for the February 2017 conference. Registration fee is $10. Chosen participants will be sent a link to register online. All others can register as conference auditors starting in January 2017, details to be announced later.
Works that are 5-10 minutes will be considered.

Submission Guidelines

Please submit a .mp3 recording, or link to download via dropbox or other cloud sites. Do NOT LABEL THESE WITH YOUR NAME or any other identifying feature,

Label as: Title of work_Recording.MP3

If  notated submit a PDF score, or submit a 250 word extended program note on the processes taking place during the piece. DO NOT LABEL THESE WITH YOUR NAME or any other identifying feature. Hard-copy submissions will not be considered.

Label as: Title of work_Score.PDF

All submissions must include a 250 proposal for a 10 minute lecture on your work linking it to the theme: music and power (power can mean electrical power).  DO NOT LABEL THESE WITH YOUR NAME or any other identifying feature,

Label as: Title of work_Lecture_Recital Proposal.PDF

Please submit your recording and score to Program Committee Co-Chair Laura Schwartz at LRS60@pitt.edu. A 100 word biography and information sheet as a .doc or .pdf that lists the title of your work, name, and institutional affiliation must be included.

Submission Deadline: Monday, November 14 by 5 p.m. EDT.


Notification: Applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection by Monday, December 5.

Jury

A jury consisting of University of Pittsburgh Graduate Students and Faculty will release decisions by November 2016.

Other Information

MGSO cannot provide stipend for travel or housing for selected composers but is happy to provide documentation for travel grants. If accepted the MGSO will provide information on travel and housing. 

Questions?

Email Laura Schwartz at  Loading...​LRS60@pitt.edu

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