Arlington Virginia, November 2-5, 2017.
CFP Deadline: 30 Dec 2016
What does music theory want?
The relation between musical hermeneutics and music theory is longstanding but not harmonious, shadowed by rivalries, disavowals, and breaks. There is no interpretation without desire, and no desire without subjects. Perhaps theory’s historical and recurring breaks with interpretation are also breaks with—or repressions of—the subject. We wish to explore these relationships from the perspective of psychoanalysis.
Most fundamentally, we want to ask: what does music theory want? Psychoanalysis was from the start a hermeneutic practice and also a “science of desire,” an attempt to understand the foundations, and the limits, of any hermeneutic endeavor. We welcome proposals that will help bring psychoanalytic thought and practice to bear on our professional lives as thinkers about music—which is to say, as practitioners and skeptics of interpretation.
We invite papers that explore the question of hermeneutic purchase across a wide range of themes including but not limited to:
- Form and analysis
- Musical meaning
- Materiality and acoustics
- Feminist and queer music theory
- Hermeneutics in film
We might provide as a paradigm for the panel one of Freud’s axioms: Analyze your dreams, or they will analyze you.