CfP: Searches for Tradition (Victoria University of Wellington)

New Zealand Musicological Society:
“Searches for Tradition”
31 October – 2 November 2015 – Te Koki, New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington
Deadline: 15 July 2015
Keynotes: Philip Bohlman, Peter Walls
Website: musicologynz.org.nz

In his 1946 address “A Search for Tradition”, composer Douglas Lilburn posed the question of whether the twentieth century had seen, or was likely to see, the development of a discrete national musical tradition specific to New Zealand. Now well into the twenty-first century, contemporary musical life (in Aotearoa New Zealand as elsewhere) is shaped and informed by a rich diversity of expressive cultures and an unprecedentedly wide range of musical traditions. And while it remains central across a range of critical conversation, the notion of musical tradition itself has been productively challenged and widely reconceived, both in music studies and cultural studies more broadly: as a theoretical lens, as an historiographical technology, and as the discursive means of ongoing projects of cultural construction.

Keynote Speakers:
Philip Bohlman
Distinguished Professor of the Humanities and of Music
University of Chicago

Peter Walls
Emeritus Professor
Victoria University of Wellington

Proposals for 20-minute paper presentations should be approximately 300 words in length and should be emailed in pdf form to nzsm2015 -at- gmail.com by 15 July. In the body of the email, please clearly identify your name, institutional affiliation and/or place of residence. As proposals will be collated for anonymous review, please do not include any of the above identification in the attached file. Acceptance notifications can be expected by 1 August. Enquiries may be directed to the conference organizing committee via david.cosper -at- nzsm.ac.nz.

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