CFP: RUNDumFUNK: 21st International DVSM-Conference (grad & undergrad) (Germany) (4/30/06; 10/11/06-10/14/06)

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Thorsten Hindrichs
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On behalf of the Students' Committee of the Musicology Department of
Mainz University I am pleased to inform you of the following Call for

Call for Papers â€" 21. International DVSM-Conference 2006 in Mainz
"...of the waves or rays or whatever this fantastic stuff is, which just
carries the notes through the air… â€" if you like."
 (Benno Meyer-Wehlack, acceptance speech for the Radio Play Award of the
Blind Veterans, 1958)
The Students’ Committee of the Musicology Department of Mainz University
and the DVSM e.V. cordially invite you to join the 21st International
Students’ Conference at the Musicology Department in Mainz from October
11th until October 14th
2006 marks the 100th anniversary of the introduction of Valdemar
Poulsen’s light arc transmitter, which allowed the changeover from
telegraphy to analog voice transmission in radio technology.
This was the start signal for the development from simple transmission
of the human voice to modern sound broadcasting. Since its introduction
the radio has been closely related to music. A broadcasting station
without any musical component seems unimaginable nowadays. Conversely,
musicians profit to a great extent from radio as a medium. Within the
domain of popular music these profits are achieved mainly through
distributions of the GEMA as well as through the advertising effects of
song placement within the programme. In Germany, composers and musicians
of classical music are heavily dependent on the support of the public
broadcasting stations. Performances of contemporary music, especially,
often only become possible by cooperation with those public broadcasting
stations and their orchestras and ensembles. Thus, the promotion of
musical culture is one of the main tasks of these radio stations;
however, it is endangered by the omnipresent tight situation of economy.
On the other hand, the supply of commercially-oriented "easy-going
tootling" is increasing, which has already prompted the German newspaper
/Die Zeit/ to issue a call for help to "Save the Radio" (9/2005 issue).
How music and broadcasting cooperate in the wide spectrum of mass
compatibility and minority programming will, among others, be a subject
of the conference lectures. The topic "radio / broadcasting" can be
discussed from various musicological points of view and concerns all
different kinds of music. Possible questions to be dealt with might be
the extent to which public broadcasting is involved in developing
musical taste, or which status it has in our modern society. We would
especially like to encourage students of this topic to participate in
the conference, but we also, by all means, welcome everyone who is
interested in contributing to this subject. Because the conference is
interdisciplinary in nature, we expressly welcome contributions from
other disciplines besides the musicology. Those interested in active
participation in the symposium should send their abstracts (300 words
max.) and a brief resumé to the Students' Committee of the Musicology
Department of Mainz University, preferably by email in a usual text
editing format. Alternatively, you may send them by regular mail to the
following address (entry deadline: April 30th):
Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz
Fachbereich 07: Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften
Fachschaftsrat Musikwissenschaft
Jakob-Welder-Weg 18
D-55128 Mainz

keyword: DVSM-Symposium
In certain circumstances, we may be able to provide financial support
for travel and lodging expenses.
For further information please look up our website at

Thorsten Hindrichs

Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet
FB 07.09 - Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften
Musikwissenschaftliches Institut
Jakob-Welder-Weg 18
D-55128 Mainz

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