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

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- 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-

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