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CFPs: Music, Nation and Region in the Iberian Peninsula: (Re)Sounding History, Identity and Heritage

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Music, Nation and Region in the Iberian Peninsula: (Re)Sounding
History, Identity and Heritage
University of Cambridge
22–23 June 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS

Keynote Speakers
Professor Salwa el-Shawan Castelo-Branco
Professor Francisco Cruces Villalobos

The Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge is proud to host the symposium ‘Music, Nation and Region in the Iberian Peninsula: (Re)Sounding History, Identity and Heritage’. The symposium aims to put into dialogue scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds, providing a context for the development of cutting-edge research in the study of music in the Iberian Peninsula, and the islands of Portugal and Spain.

Call for Papers

In the twenty-first century, scholarly debate regarding national vis-à-vis regional identities in the Iberian Peninsula has returned centre stage. Despite the pressures of globalisation that many believed would phase out the importance of the nation state and national belonging, the display of territorial identities has become more prominent across Europe. Music plays a powerful role in nationalism, functioning as atool for state-level cultural policy and displays of national patrimony, as well as a political vehicle for the negotiation of national narratives. The historical legacy and
contemporary resurgence of nationalisms and regionalisms in the Iberian Peninsula (including the islands of Portugal and Spain) has influenced the ways in which music is politicised and harnessed as a symbol of identity, collective memory and nostalgia. Moreover, the recent impact of international heritage policy, particularly through UNESCO’s Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, has strengthened the cultural and political significance of music especially at an institutional level bringing into question the ways in which musical ownership and value are negotiated. Finally, increased immigration in the Iberian Peninsula has
diversified musical practice complicating the relationship between music and nation in increasingly multicultural societies.

The committee welcomes papers that address the symposium’s themes from a historical or a contemporary, ethnographic perspective. Submissions are invited that challenge or revisit established paradigms in Iberian music studies, addressing the following or related areas:
• Rethinking music and nationalism in the Iberian Peninsula both past and
present
• Music and state-level cultural policy
• Music and regionalism
• Contesting the state: music as a political weapon
• Music and UNESCO’s Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible
Cultural Heritage of Humanity: safeguarding processes, musical ownership,
politics
• Collective memory and nostalgia in musical practice and discourse
• Music on and across border regions
• Music, diaspora and immigration in national/regional contexts

Presentations will be in the form of independent papers (20 minutes + 10-minute
discussion) and potential speakers should submit a 300-word abstract plus a short
biography to iberianmusic2017@gmail.com. It is hoped that there will be an edited
publication of selected papers from the symposium. For more information, please see
the symposium website: https://iberianmusic2017blog.wordpress.com.

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: 12th January 2017 (24:00 GMT)
(Notification of acceptance will be by the end of February 2017)


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