Inside, Outside, and in Between: Institutionalization in Music History. Fifth Sibelius Academy Symposium on Music History.

June 6–8, 2018

Proposal deadline: September 30, 2017

Conference web site URL:

Conference venue: Music Centre Helsinki, Finland

Conference theme: The role of institutions and the institutional process in music history.


The fifth Sibelius Academy symposium on music history focuses on issues relating to the cultural control and cultural norms that have been—and still are—established by musical institutions.


Proposals for 20-minute individual papers as well as group sessions of 3 to 4 presenters are invited on any of the following topics:

• The power exerted by cultural institutions

• The institutionalization of music practices

• Close reading of musical scores and institutional practices

• The consecration given to musicians by public or state institutions

• Hierarchical institutions vs. non-hierarchical networks

• Histories of musical institutions

• Institutions and technocracy

• The role of educational institutions

• What counts as a musical institution? When did they first arise?


Keynote speakers of the symposium are

Olle Edström (University of Gothenburg, Sweden): Music History, Institutions and Taste – Three Cases: 1800, 1900, and 2000

Avra Xepapadakou (University of Crete, Greece): Towards the Institutionalization of Musical Life in Nineteenth-Century Greece and Southeastern Europe

Jim Samson (Royal Holloway University of London): Institutionalizing Music Theory: Two Historical Moments


Proposal submission: please use the link for submitting your proposal and a short bio by September 30, 2017.

Proposal length:

• individual presentation proposals: max 2200 characters, incl. spaces;

• panel session proposals: max 2500 characters, incl. spaces + each panelist’s proposal 2000 characters, incl. spaces.  

The organizing committee will be in touch no later than November 3, 2017 with the information about acceptances.


Contact for inquiries (no proposal submissions): inst2018 -at-


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