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Iberian Music Symposium

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CALL FOR PAPERS (REMINDER!) - Music, Nation and Region in the Iberian

Peninsula: (Re)Sounding History, Identity and Heritage

22–23 June 2017, University of Cambridge

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 a tool 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:


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

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