*Place, Politics, and Cultural Exchange:*

*Indigenous-Settler Collaboration in Canadian Art Music*

*May 28, 2017*

*Canadian Music Centre, Toronto*

We are pleased to announce an upcoming seminar of the Interdisciplinary
Perspectives on Music in Canada Research Group (IPMC), held in conjunction
with MusCan, Congress, and Canada’s 150th anniversary. As a combined
venture between the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, the Institute
for Canadian Music, and the Canadian Music Centre, this seminar grows out
of a three-year SSHRC Partnership Development Grant (Mary Ingraham, Dylan
Robinson, Robin Elliott; see http://creativecollaboration.ca) which played
a part in the production or study of three works with three different
collaborative teams across Canada. Following on those projects, this year’s
theme, *Place, Politics, and Cultural Exchange: Indigenous-Settler
Collaboration in Canadian Art Music*, explores the social efficacy of
cross-cultural creative partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous
sonic practitioners in the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation
Commission’s “Calls to Action.” Scholars like Glen Coulthard and Dylan
Robinson have been critical of discourses of “reconciliation” and
“recognition,” and David Garneau recently warned that settlers eager to be
Indigenous allies “must be cautious not to replace a Truth and
Reconciliation model or models of quality framed by standards of
colonialism and whiteness” (Garneau 2016). Developing these critiques and
concerns from a musicological perspective, we propose that it is important
to consider collaboration not purely as a model of social harmony, but as
an opportunity for productive critique of Indigenous-settler methods and
epistemologies—that is, to consider musicological and art musical methods
of “conciliation” rather than reconciliation (Garneau).

Registration and full schedule available here


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