Music Theory News

Columbia Music Scholarship Conference: Call for Papers (Deadline Jan 5 2016)

The Columbia Music Scholarship Conference invites graduate students and recent Ph.D. recipients to submit abstracts to be selected for presentation at our eleventh annual meeting on February 27, 2016 at Columbia University in New York. The theme of the 2016 meeting will be Listening. We are pleased to announce that the conference will feature a keynote address by Alexander Rehding (Harvard University).

CFP Deadline: January 5, 2016.

We seek papers that engage with topics including, but not limited to, the following:

--Mediated Listening: How have technologies shaped listening practices and how have practices of listening shaped technologies?
--Sound: Toxic or Curative?: How have medical, physiological, and psychological discoveries affected the way listening is understood? How have practitioners in these fields studied listening and hearing?
--(In)Active Listening: How might states of mind affect listening? How does space influence listening practice and musical performance?
--Listening In: How can listening be used as a mode of surveillance and control? How does ethics factor into listening?
--Constructed Listeners: Who are the assumed listeners in music scholarship? Whose identities are excluded? How are these exclusions perpetuated by different types of music, sound, or noise?
--Pedagogy: In what ways have educational institutions impacted the practices of listening? How do pedagogical approaches “cultivate” listeners?

We are soliciting proposals for twenty-minute presentations from scholars active in all music disciplines as well as from scholars in related fields, aiming to maximize the theoretical and methodological breadth of the discussion.

Please submit abstracts of 200 to 250 words to 2016cmsc [at] by January 5, 2016. Please include your name and contact information in your e-mail only, and attach the abstract as a Word, text, or .pdf file. The committee will select papers anonymously. All scholars who submit abstracts will be notified of the committee's decision by January 20th. For more information on the conference, please visit the conference website.

2015-2016 Colloquium Series (Historical Musicology and Theory) Announced

2015-16 Historical Musicology and Music Theory colloquium Series Announced:Unless otherwise noted, events are held in Dodge Hall, Room 622. All talks are free and open to the public.

Friday, October 2 (4:00 pm): Robert Gjerdingen (Northwestern University), "The Americanization of Harmony: A Decade of Apprenticeship in Two Convenient Credit Hours" (Please note that Gjerdingen's talk, exceptionally, will begin at 4pm rather than 2pm).

Friday, October 9 (2:00 pm): Benjamin Piekut (Cornell University), "Avoiding a Theory of the Vernacular Avant-Garde"

Friday, February 26 (2:00 pm): Carolyn Abbate (Harvard University), title TBA

Friday, April 1 (2:00 pm): Dora Hanninen (University of Maryland-College Park), title TBA

Friday, April 15 (2:00 pm): Jacomien Prins (University of Warwick), title TBA


Additionally, the departments of Music and Philosophy are co-sponsoring the following event (part of a speaker series on Philosophy and Race):

Friday, March 25 (noon): Robin James (UNC-Charlotte), "Is the 'Post-' In Post-Identity the Same As the 'Post-' In Post-Genre?: Race and Pop Music Aesthetics"