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Call for Proposals: "Performance, Textuality & Orality"

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Call for Proposals

"Performance, Textuality & Orality"

Session Organizer: Glenda Goodman (University of Pennsylvania)

Friday, 13 October 2017, 1:45–3:15pm

Bibliography Among the Disciplines Conference

12–15 October 2017, Philadelphia, PA

This roundtable interrogates the relationship between material, inscribed forms and performances. Debates about the porous connection between what is heard and its many possible inscribed forms (here broadly conceived as any form of recording—score, transcription, phonograph, audio file, etc.) are foundational to both musicology and ethnomusicology. Recent discipline-blending work on materiality, performance studies, memory, science and technology studies (and other intersecting topics) suggest that there is more work to be done. This roundtable provides a forum for such work, situating it in a broader context of trans-disciplinary critical bibliography.

This roundtable invites scholars to bring their work on any topic pertaining to the relationship between audible and material forms. Possible guiding questions might include: What might the term “bibliography”—traditionally focused on the study of the bookish form of a musical score—come to mean for sonic “texts”? How well does a textual paradigm for thinking about music (or other recorded sounds) serve us? In particular, scholars interested in the history of transcription, the history of the book, and/or the history of recorded sound might find this forum productive. The time period, place, material format, and performance tradition is open; this openness is intended to appeal to those who are eager to bring their work into a conversation with scholars representing a diverse array of perspectives and fields.

We envision this roundtable as beginning with a few 10-minute position papers, which will be followed by a discussion led by the session organizers and a moderator. The discussion will include presenters and up to 50 additional participants from the conference. To be considered to deliver a position paper, please submit a proposal of no more than 500 words by 25 October 2016 at:


Bibliography Among the Disciplines, a four-day international conference, will bring together scholarly professionals poised to address current problems pertaining to the study of textual artifacts that cross scholarly, pedagogical, professional, and curatorial domains. The conference will explore theories and methods common to the object-oriented disciplines, such as anthropology and archaeology, but new to bibliography. The program aims to promote focused cross-disciplinary exchange and future scholarly collaborations. Bibliography Among the Disciplines is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and organized by the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School. For more information, please visit: rarebookschool.org/bibliography-conference-2017

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