CFP: Music and National Identity

Date: March 14th-15th 2020

Location: Middle Tennessee State University

The Musicology Faculty in the School of Music at Middle Tennessee State
University invites proposals of up to 300 words for scholarly presentations
broadly aligned to the theme of the Construction of National Identity in

Recently, *The Guardian *(March 6, 2019) identified a “Two decade surge in
populist rhetoric…” With this rhetoric, a number of movements have embraced
the ideal of national identity to achieve their political ends,
particularly in music. From *El Sistema*’s rise a as model product of
socialist Venezuela (now quite problematic), Ukrainian nationalism in
Gangsta Rap, to popular Music in the U.S. such as Childish Gambino’s “This
Is America” or Gary Clark’s “This Land,” through re-trenchment,
reappropriation, and any number of other perspectives, national identity is
a centered expression. Of course this is not new, nationalism has long been
a subject of expression and study but with this in mind we hope to bring
these expressions into context and dialogue.

We welcome a diversity of perspectives, not only of a cosmopolitan, but
also an insularist perspective and perspectives beyond this tired
dialectic--studies of music composed for, against, or that in some way
articulate a nationalist identity. Submissions are welcome from across the
spectrum of musicological investigation including historical, social,
ethnographical, theoretical, or other approaches. Further, investigations
of traditional, popular and classical music are all welcome.

Presentations may take the form of traditional presentations, panels,
roundtable discussions, posters, or lecture recitals. Authors of the
strongest papers will be invited to revise their work into critical essays
for a projected book-length collection.

Please submit an abstract and short biography to Joseph.Morgan -at- mtsu
dot edu by July 15, 2019.  Presenters will be notified by August 1 of the
status of their applications.


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