Call for Papers: Deadline Extended
Imperfection as an Aesthetic Idea in Music: Perspectives from Musicology and Artistic Research
Venue: University for Music and the Performing Arts, Graz, Austria (Kunstuniversität Graz)
Dates: May 6th and 7th, 2020
Languages: English and German
Application deadline: Extended, 4 November 2019
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Seth Brodsky (University of Chicago)
Full Call for Papers at:

Coming from the dual perspectives of artistic research and musicology, this conference aims to broaden our perspectives on how imperfection can inform our aesthetic understanding of music, historically and in current practice. We are especially interested in the aesthetic implications of musical imperfection from two contrasting points of view: 1) imperfection as a manifest goal of music and musical practice, and 2) imperfection that occurs primarily by accident, but nevertheless has aesthetic significance. Some possible themes include, but are not at all limited to:

Imperfection as a compositional goal or effect
Imperfection as a goal or effect of improvisation
Imperfection as a goal or effect of performance
Imperfection as an aesthetic attitude or ideology
Imperfection in amateur musical practice (composing, performing, listening)
Imperfection and corporeal aspects of music and music-making (i.e., voices and approaches to instruments)
Imperfection in recorded music, electronic music, and electroacoustic music
Imperfection and chance
Imperfection and the glitch
Critiques of an aesthetic of imperfection (gender studies approaches, disability studies, posthumanist approaches, etc.)

The languages of the conference are English and German; artistic research presentations will be granted a total of thirty minutes, and more strictly musicological papers will be twenty minutes in length.

Application Instructions: Please see the linked full CFP
Please address questions to jennifer.ronyak at-
Dr. Jennifer Ronyak
Prof. Dr. Andreas Dorschel
Márcio André Silva Steuernagel 

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