Agents and Actors: Networks in Music History

Sixth Sibelius Academy Symposium on Music History


Deadline for proposals: September 30, 2019

Conference dates: June 3–5, 2020.

Conference web site:

Conference venue: Music Centre Helsinki, Finland

The Sixth Sibelius Academy Symposium on Music History will focus on issues relating to agents, actors and networks and the ways in which they relate to music in order to discuss changes in focus towards more collective and complex objects of study.


Proposals for papers and group sessions are invited on any of the following topics:


• The construction and formation of networks in music history

• The history of networks in music from antiquity to the present

• The power exerted by networks in music history

• The institutionalization of networks in music

• The theoretical underpinnings of working with networks (actor-network theory; art worlds, cultural fields, assemblages, mediation theory)

• Close reading of musical scores against understandings of networks

• The place of networks in diachronic and synchronic histories of music

• The inner workings and dynamics of networks of music


The keynote speakers of the symposium are

Annegret Fauser (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, US)

Antoine Hennion (Mines ParisTech, FR)

Benjamin Piekut (Cornell University, US)


Proposal submission: please use the link for submitting your proposal and a short bio by September 30, 2019.

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 4, 2019 with the information about acceptances.

Contact for inquiries (no proposal submissions): networks2020 -at-


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