Music &....Society

deadline for submissions: 
February 22, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Dr Robert Fisher / Progressive Connexions

4th Global Series Conference
Music &....Society
15th to 16th July 2019
Verona, Italy

“Music is the melody whose text is the world.” —Arthur Schopenhauer
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” — Maya Angelou

Music is integral to our lives. It gives voice to the feelings and thoughts that cannot be spoken. It has been used on battlefields as well as battles for the heart. It can heal and comfort as well as engender anger and hatred. It has been blamed for mass shootings as well as credited for bringing huge crowds together. It can reinforce cultural mores or break the rules. It fosters connections with the sacred and the profane. It is all around us.

Music speaks volumes where words fail us and can be a conduit for communication between individuals, groups, entire countries, and through time. Musicians, songs and styles of music transcend national boundaries and speak across the generations. Precisely because the meanings and implications of music are not limited to specific professions this project invites inclusive interdisciplinary approaches to making sense of the way music impacts our lives.

We welcome contributions on themes such as, but not limited to music and…

~ Human relationships and emotions (desire/love/lust, breaking up, parenthood, friendship, spirituality, etc.)
~ Non-humans (animals, plants, etc.)
~ Health and wellness (clinical practices, therapeutic approaches, meditation other self-help approaches, psychological/physiological/neurological effects of music)
~ Education (erasure of music from the curriculum, approaches to teaching music/music appreciation, music as learning tool)
~ Law (copyright, intellectual property, censorship, NGOs and unions supporting musicians’ rights)
~ Social welfare (music in social programs, public support for music-oriented activities, philanthropic support for music)
~ Technologies (innovation supporting the making, distributing, sharing, and experiencing of music)
~ Business (music industry trends, popularity/marketability of certain types of music, experiences of musicians, use of music in advertising, etc.)
~ Indigenous cultures (music and rituals, storytelling, etc.)
~ Protest (anti-war songs, songs about political issues, songs about socio-cultural attitudes/practices)
~ War (songs as propaganda, military songs/marches, music for the homefront, songs about war)
~ Identity (nationalism, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, class, etc.)
~ Other arts and media (film, tv, video, gaming, art, dance, theatre, poetry, literature, etc.)
~ Genres (trends, composers, performers)

For the 2019 meeting we are particularly interested in exploring music in the context of personal relationships with a view to forming a publication to engender further collaboration and discussion. The relationship between music and human emotion is varied and complex. From pop culture’s love songs to folk and blues, to chansons of unrequited love and songs of historical import, the drama of opera’s arias, through to music as a vehicle for expressing hate and conflict, music narrates the deepest experiences of humanity. Paradoxically, love music can express hate – for example in expressing jealousy – hate music can express not only anger and racial hatred, it can also express love. We warmly welcome contributions which explore the themes of music, love, hate and the emotions across all disciplines, professions and practices.

What to Send
The aim of this interdisciplinary conference and collaborative networking event is to bring people together and encourage creative conversations in the context of a variety of formats: papers, seminars, workshops, storytelling, performances, poster presentations, panels, q&a’s, roundtables etc.
300 word proposals, presentations, abstracts and other forms of contribution and participation should be submitted by Friday 22nd February 2019. Other forms of participation should be discussed in advance with the Organising Chair.

All submissions will be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Development Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.

You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday 8th March 2019.

If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday 31st May 2019.

Abstracts and proposals may be in Word, PDF, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in the programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.

E-mails should be entitled: Music and Society Submission.

Early Bird Submission and Discount
Submissions received on or before Friday 18th January 2019 will be eligible for a 10% registration fee discount.

Where to Send
Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chair and the Project Administrator:

Dr Niall Scott:
Project Administrator:

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