CfP: OM: Orient in Music – Music of the Orient (Lódz)

Grazyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music:
“OM: Orient in Music – Music of the Orient”
10-11.03.2016 – Grazyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music, Department of Music Theory, Lódz, Poland
Deadline: 1 October 2015

OM, a fundamental meditation sound present in the cultures of Buddhism, is a syllable full of philosophical and transcendental meanings. The category of Orient, as contrasted, antithetical and complementary to the Occident (West) and its culture, appears to be one of the most interesting and long lasting issues discussed in the humanities throughout the centuries.

The main aim of the proposed conference is to outline a range of the relationship between Western music and oriental cultures, the idea that could arouse interest mainly in both groups of researchers: ethnomusicologists and historians (or theoreticians) of music. However, the scope of musicological knowledge can be interestingly broadened by taking into account other perspectives, such as sociological, philosophical and others.

20-minute papers or longer panels of a few speakers (up to 60 minutes) are expected on any aspect connected to the conference theme, including (although not limited to) the following areas:

  1. Orient as a musical category
  2. Music of the Orient
  3. The Orient as perceived musically
  4. Musical orientalism from theoretical perspective

The language of the conference is English. Each submission should include the following information: author(s) name(s), academic affiliation(s), e-mail address, title of presentation, abstract (300 words max.), a short CV. All proposals must be submitted by 1 October 2015 to Prof. Marta Szoka (martaszoka -at- or Malgorzata Grajter, Ph.D. (mgrajter69 -at- Final decisions will be announced to speakers by 1 November 2015.

There will be no conference fee. The organizers could only provide the information about travel opportunities and accommodation in Lódz. After the conference, selected papers will be published in a miscellany.

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