CFP: Music & Postmodern Cultural Theory (Australia) (4/15/06; 12/5/06-12/6/06)

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David Bennett
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International Conference
University of Melbourne
5-6 December 2006

Twenty years after the term "postmodernism" became common currency in
analyses of contemporary literature, architecture, visual arts,
philosophy and popular culture, we still find the editor of the recent
Cambridge Companion to Postmodernism (2004) lamenting "the strange
absence of a mature postmodernist discourse within music studies," and
suggesting that "the relative conservatism and autonomy of the world of
academic music study may account for its long resistance to
postmodernist formulations and arguments."

This conference aims to contribute to the maturing of that discourse by
bringing together scholars with interests in music and "postmodern
cultural theory," broadly conceived. The conference, which is supported
by the Australian Research Council, will be geared to publication output
and, to maximise opportunities for exchange between the participants, we
hope to avoid running parallel sessions and to circulate papers among
the speakers prior to the conference. While this means limiting the
number of papers presented (and hence refereeing proposals), we will
welcome proposals for 25-minute papers on any topics that fit under the
broad umbrella of the conference title.

Confirmed speakers: Susan McClary, Judith Lochhead, Claire Colebrook,
Rob Walser, Steven Connor (editor of the aforementioned Cambridge
Companion). To be confirmed: David Toop.

Paper proposals: please send a title and an abstract of 400 words (plus
details of any equipment requirements) to <> by
15 APRIL 2006. We will acknowledge receipt of your proposal immediately
and notify you of its acceptance/rejection by 15 May.

Enquiries: to receive emailouts about the programme and registration
details, please send your details to: <>

Conference convenor:
David Bennett
Department of English with Cultural Studies
University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010
Tel. +61 3 8344 5006/7
Fax +61 3 8344 5495

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