CFP Music Institutions and the Politics of Internationalism

A ‘Musical League of Nations’?: Music Institutions and the Politics of Internationalism – a Symposium

29-30 June 2018, Institute of Musical Research, Senate House, London

CFP: Proposals due by 1 Nov. 2017

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Anne Shreffler (Harvard University)
‘What art is better adapted to form an international connecting-link, than music?—especially instrumental music, which is in a manner an international language, an expression of the most intimate, the profoundest emotions of man.’ – Guido Adler, 1925

The role of music and musicians in forging international links can sometimes seem unproblematic or even emancipatory, yet just as the project of political internationalism between and after the World Wars was not without its challenges, so too did musical initiatives sometimes find themselves in positions of compromise, ethical conflict or co-option into unintended agendas.

This two-day symposium will focus on music institutions and initiatives that were explicitly shaped by the project of internationalism during the twentieth century—organisations such as the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM), the International Musicological Society (IMS), as well as a range of smaller musical meetings throughout Europe and America during the interwar and post-war periods.

The symposium will explore the relationship between the ideological and aesthetic precepts of these organisations and their activities with reference to the project of internationalism throughout the politically-charged twentieth century.

We welcome proposals (250 words) for 20-minute individual papers, or panels. Please send proposals to Sarah Collins at musical.league.of.nations -at- by 1 Nov. 2017. Acceptances to be advised by early December.

Conference Organisers (and programme committee):

Sarah Collins (Durham University)

Laura Tunbridge (Oxford University)

Barbara Kelly (Royal Northern College of Music)

Conference Supporters:

Institute of Musical Research, in association with the School of Advanced Study, University of London, Senate House (funding supplied by Nick Baker)

Additional funding from the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grants Scheme