Researching Performance, Performing Research

Collaborations and Confrontations

An international symposium organized by the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, and VU University / Orgelpark, in association with the Cambridge Centre for Musical Performance Studies, University of Cambridge.

"Call for Sessions" Deadline: April 1, 2017
Conference dates: October 27-29, 2017

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Conference venue:
Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The purpose of this symposium is to explore the manifold contexts in which interactions between musical performers and scholars take place, and the different modalities in which such interactions may be conducted. In both the past and the present these have included productive collaborations and shared visions, but also genuine confrontations. The symposium will address not just the overlaps between the activities of performers and scholars and between the different types of knowledge that undergird both musical performance and the performative act of doing research, but also the disagreements, tensions, and failures that may arise when bringing these practices into dialogue. Through this symposium we hope to question and break down the professional boundaries that continue to separate us – disciplines, institutions, musical genres, and attitudes. One of the explicit goals is to reach out to a broader audience and to open up a wider dialogue within the musical community.

We invite proposals for fully-formed sessions, either of 60 minutes, 90 minutes, or 120 minutes. Each session should consist of at least two speakers and one- to two performances or lecture-recitals.

A full description of the symposium, the suggested themes, and the requirements for submission can found be on the conference website.

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