"Musical Dialogues", 1 to 4 October

38th National Conference of the Musicological Society of Australia
Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney

Convenors: Christopher Coady and Kathleen Nelson

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In 2015, the year of its centenary, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music is delighted to host the annual conference of the Musicological Society of Australia. The conference invites participants to consider how the idea of 'dialogue' is relevants to their musical research interests. Whether conceived of in terms of the relationship between a creator and her audience, between a work and its historical antecedents, between different music cultures, or between performance and research, the notion that art involves dialogue of some kind is commonplace. Indeed, in the globalised world in which we live, dialogue between different musical traditions, different traditions of thought and different methodological approaches actively works to reshape the ways in which we both create and understand music and has given rise to recent calls for relational musicology.

The theme "Musical Dialogues" seeks to engage with and showcase a wide breadth of expertise. This might involve a consideration of the way dialogue takes place in collaborations, performer composer interactions, or the critical and hermeneutic discourse that has sprung up around many types of music. Participants might also consider exploring dialogues across history (not forgetting that the present changes the past as much as the past influences the present) or how a composer, work, or practice can be understood as a response to past phenomena, be they musical, cultural or social. Other types of dialogue for consideration might be those that take place between different traditions that co-exist within the same geographical space: settler societies such as Australia have a rich heritage of such cross-cultural interactions.

Registration Information

Early Bird Registration Closes 31 July 2015

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We have sourced a number of deals with the following hotels and hostel in the city, close to the conservatorium:

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Further Information

Special Events

A variety of performances will be held during the conference. A highlight will be a new Noh (shinsaku Nô) play in English by Allan Marett to be presented by members of The Oppenheimer Noh Project during the conference.

Entitled Oppenheimer, the play focuses on the development and use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945.

Conference registrants will be offered tickets to this event at a specially discounted price.

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Plenary Speakers

Gary Tomlinson (John Hay Whitney Professor of Music & the Humanities, Yale University),

Xiao Mei (Professor and Director, Research Institute of Ritual Music in China, Shanghai Conservatorium of Music), and

Neal Peres Da Costa(Associate Professor, Historical Performance, Sydney Conservatorium of Music).

Planning Committee

Linda Barwick

Christopher Coady

David Larkin

Alan Maddox

Kathleen Nelson

Student Presenter Travel Bursaries - applications have now closed



Abstract Submission

Submissions are now closed.