CfP: What does democracy sound like? (Paris)

“What does democracy sound like? Actors, Institutions – Practices, Discourses”
5th-7th November 2015 – Philharmonie de Paris
Deadline: 15 May 2015

With the question “What does democracy sound like?”, this jointly organised German-French conference intends to open up a space for discussing conceptions and potential functions of music within democratic societies. In research, relations between music and politics were especially closely intertwined thought in official representations of feudal societies and in the context of the ideological instrumentalization of music in totalitarian regimes. In contrast to this stands the positive power of music, as represented by its potential for use in resistance, protest and liberation movements and its mobilization within processes of community and identity building. Instead of viewing these differing perspectives as contradictory, this conference aims to consider them as an expression of the complexity of the relationships between musical practices and diverse conceptions of collective action and social groupings.

Key areas are:

  • Music and State
  • History of Ideas
  • Creativity and Politics
  • Space and Reception
  • Musical Publics

By inviting contributions that concern themselves with various historical and geographic situations and that are orientated around different points of access to the topic, the conference intends to open a forum in which the variety of perspectives on this theme can be taken into account. The aim is to consider the relationship between music and politics in all its complexities and different manifestations in democratic societies.

Contributions from a broad range of humanities and social science disciplines are welcome. The conference languages are French, German and English.

Proposals (abstract max. 2000 characters, CV max. 500 characters) should be sent by 15th May 2015 at the latest to the following address: musikdemokratie -at- You find more detailed information online at

We look forward to receiving your proposals!

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