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Call for Papers: nief-norf Research Summit: New Asia

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University of Tennessee Knoxville

Natalie L. Haslam Music Center

June 15–16, 2018

Featuring Ken Ueno (keynote presenter) and Sidney Marquez Boquiren (guest composer)

Through the 20th century, composers of contemporary concert music drew upon Asian traditions, including pioneers like Toru Takemitsu, Jose Maceda, Isang Yun, Chou-wen Chung, and Lou Harrison, and those of a younger generation such as Tan Dun, Bright Sheng and Younghi Pagh-Paan. Emerging composer-ethnomusicologists in North America such as Michael Tenzer and Evan Ziporyn engaged in fieldwork, abroad and in diasporic communities leading to the creation of cross-cultural works rich in signification within multiple musical traditions. Their cross-cultural compositions have been framed by critical interrogations of colonial histories, cultural appropriation, Orientalism, representation, cosmopolitanism and globalization, as well as by more celebratory discourses of hybridity, multiculturalism, post-modern identity formation, intercultural exchange and community-building through music (Everett and Lau, 2004; Born and Hesmondhalgh, 2007).

As globalization accelerates, support for new music is increasingly decentralized and internationalized, and composers are increasingly cosmopolitan, producing and consuming within a diverse, multi-local, internet-mediated community of like-minded practitioners of contemporary concert music around the world. The classical music tradition has shifted towards Asia, with musicians of Asian heritage now comprising a significant faction of leading performers around the world, and classical music widely embraced and productive of new, locally-situated meanings in many Asian countries (Yang, 2014).

We seek to explore the geo-cultural conditions of new music as a musically-imagined community, a construction of identity experienced primarily through a collective musical imaginary in which music itself produces the affinities that engender community (Born & Hesmondhalgh, 2007), even as the tradition of new music is heterogeneous and perpetually in transformation.


We invite submissions of papers that address the following and related areas:

  • The place of Asia and Asian musical traditions in the tradition of new music composition and performance
  • The geo-cultural situation of new music as a musically imagined community
  • The application of discourses of colonialism, post-colonialism, decolonization, hybridity, inter- and cross-culturalism, globalization, identity, appropriation, representation, and Orientalism to new music, historically and in the present
  • New music in Asia today
  • The scope, history, present and future of new music / contemporary music / modern music

We invite proposals for individual papers or presentations (20 minutes + 10 minutes questions). Abstracts should be no more than 300 words. In your submission email, include your name, affiliation, and any technical requirements. Please do not include your name in your abstract.

Submit abstracts as PDFs to research@niefnorf.org by February 15, 2018. Notifications will be sent out in March.

Embedded within the two-week Nief-Norf Summer Festival, the New Asia Research Summit will include performances by the fellows and faculty of the festival, with music by Ken Ueno, Sidney Marquez Boquiren, José Maceda, and many others.

For more information, visit www.niefnorf.org/new-asia/

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