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CfP: Theorizing Music Radio

Das Forschungsseminar “Music – Sound – Radio” wird unter dem genannten Thema vom 25. bis 27. Mai 2017 an der Universität von Kopenhagen durchgeführt. Die Deadline für Einreichungen endet am 30. September.

Der vollständige CfP folgt hier:

“*Music – Sound – Radio*

*Theorizing Music Radio*


*University of Copenhagen 25-27 May 2017*

In a year, the Danish music and radio research project Ramund
<http://ramund.ikk.ku.dk/>will close. To mark this, we will organize a
seminar focusing mainly on the theoretical aspects of the many different
relations between music and radio and the meetings between the two in
music-radio. The aim of the seminar will be to publish an anthology of

        The intention is not to develop a separate theory of music and
radio but to apply and explore existing theory in the context of music,
sound and radio.Within the project we have used theories of
mediatization and genre theory as discussion ‘drivers’ in order to
conceptualize the complex relations between music scenes, musical
practices, media institutions, and media practices. Questions of
historiography have been important as well. At the seminar and in the
subsequent anthology we would like to develop the two main themes in
conjunction with a third theme on radio and sound studies. We would thus
like to develop the following three themes:

1. Music, radio, and mediation

Music radio constitutes a crossroads of macro- and micro- sociological
concerns. Among them are issues of cultural education, nation building,
and the levelling of hierarchies through mass mediation. All of these
are intertwined with issues of programming and listening practices
inscribed in music and everyday day life. Various theories of media and
musical milieus, affordance, mediation, and mediatization address these
crossroads, which still call for further theorization and further
studies of the social, cultural, practical, and material multiplicities
of music radio.

2. Music, radio, and genre

Notions of genre are key to both radio and music practices. Genre
connects issues of style, formats, mediation, and social regularity, and
genre manifests an element of stability within music culture.
Simultaneously, genre may be regarded as a means of instigating
difference and change – projecting teleologies in a context of
contingence. Therefore, developing adequate theories of genre is a key
task and an area of convergence for media and music studies.

3. Music, radio, and sound

Music is a key component in radio’s sound, but there are of course many
other sound sources and legions of ways to combine them in programs.
 From a sound studies perspective, it has become possible to study music
as an integral part of a broader sound panorama and also to draw
attention to the cultural embeddedness of such panoramas. Nevertheless,
analytical perspectives and terminologies need to be developed further,
and radio sound being such an important cultural factor for nearly a
century is an obvious point of departure.

If you work with or plan to work with any of the above or related themes
concerned with the more theoretical aspects of music and radio, we would
like to invite you to a three-day seminar in Copenhagen in late May 2017.

We will adhere to a small seminar format with three keynote speakers
(professors Kate Lacey (University of Sussex), Eric Weisbard (University
of Alabama), and Alf Björnberg (University of Gothenburg)), 15-20
guests, and the Danish research group. There will be only one stream.
The Danish research project will pay for accommodation and main meals
but guests will have to cover their own travel expenses.

        Presentations will be as follows: Each participant (or team of
writers) will hand in a paper (ca. 6.000 words) six weeks before the
seminar, which will be distributed to two commentators chosen from among
the seminar participants. At the seminar, the author(s) will have 15
minutes to present main ideas followed by a 25 minute discussion
beginning with comments from the two commentators.

We aim to publish with a major UK and/or US publishing house. Our
ambition is to produce a tight and coherent volume.

Please send a 300-500 word abstract to Morten Michelsen at
momich@hum.ku.dk <mailto:momich@hum.ku.dk>before 30 September 2016.
Please include name(s), affiliation, e-mail, and technical equipment
required. You may expect an answer concerning acceptance within three
weeks. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to phone or email
Morten Michelsen.

On behalf of the Ramund research project

Iben Have, Aarhus University

Mads Krogh, Aarhus University

Steen Kaargaard Nielsen, Aarhus University

Morten Michelsen, University of Copenhagen”

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