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CFP: Atlantic Crossings: Music From 1492 Through the Long Eighteenth Century

Wednesday, October 3, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Call for Papers

Atlantic Crossings: Music From 1492 Through the Long Eighteenth Century, June 7-8, 2019

International Conference Organized by the Boston University Center for Early Music Studies, Boston, MA

The “discovery” of the New World had repercussions for music and musical practices on both sides of the Atlantic that have not been adequately explored.  Thinking about Atlantic crossings invites us to engage with music’s relationship to the critical issues of race, class, transmission, gender, and sexuality in the moment and location of their emergence in their modern form(s). New work has opened up perspectives that go beyond the traditional concerns of musicology and early music studies: focusing on the New World inevitably entails issues of colonialism, sub-alternity, and the African diaspora. Atlantic Crossings allows us to integrate with early music studies themes that are more usually treated in contemporary music studies, for instance circulation, networks, transculturality, translation, technology, and music capitalism.  Furthermore, a focus on the Atlantic allows us to highlight the too-often neglected lives and musics of Africans, Afro-Europeans, Afro-Americans, and indigenous people of the Americas in the Early Modern period. Music studies have also largely been quiet on the subject of slavery, which this topic obligates us to reckon with. Naturally, the topic invites (re)examination of under recognized archives and sources – particularly in the Americas and Africa – and perhaps even requires a full rethinking of what our sources for writing early music history could or might be. Needless to say, the topic invites dialogue between musicology and ethnomusicology on the ground of some of the latter’s key theoretical interests set in historical circumstances. 

For a Full CFP, description, and conference themes, visit http://www.bu.edu/earlymusic/

Abstracts of around 300 words by Dec. 1, 2018 to Victor Coelho, Director, Center for Early Music Studies cems-at-bu.edu

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