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'Rethinking Participatory Processes Through Music’
14-15 January 2022, online event;!!PvXuogZ4sRB2p-tU!W_hbloTzVAHiLt-hzHhnh2ZknwwAKn2E8sw7ajhHcFDm2XTGMpPx5Xa4jfSsMvk9s9zG9HCpbg$ 

Convened by Igor Contreras Zubillaga (University of Huddersfield) and
Robert Adlington (University of Huddersfield)

Keynote speakers: Hélène Landemore (Yale University), Anna Bull (University
of York), Raymond MacDonald (University of Edinburgh)

In recent times, the UK’s Brexit vote, the 2016 US presidential election,
and other elections worldwide have made democratic processes the subject of
unprecedented public debate. This has led to widespread questioning of the
mechanisms for people’s participation in the democratic system and in
political decision-making. One of the most ground-breaking inquiries into
what public participation ought to look like within democracy has recently
been carried out by political scientist Hélène Landemore (Yale University).
In her book *Open Democracy* (2020), Landemore favours the ideal of
‘representing and being represented in turn’ over direct-democracy
approaches. Drawing on recent experiments with citizens’ assemblies,
Landemore offers a different concept of nonelectoral democratic

Inspired by Landemore’s work, this third and last study day on the theme of
music and democracy aims to explore the potential of music to contribute to
this rethinking of participatory processes. As Robert Adlington and Esteban
Buch (2020) argue, ‘music is an arena for many kinds of decision-making,
and thus for the negotiation of power. It is such parallels that have
attracted the attention of many musicians, who have seen in their practice
the possibility of modelling new or ideal kinds of democratic social
arrangement’. Thus, we will address questions such as: What might
democratic participation look like in music? What can music-making tell us
about participatory processes in general? What is achieved, politically, by
rethinking the way in which music is made? How might we pursue in musical
life Landemore’s aspiration to ‘reinvent popular rule for the twenty-first

We invite proposals from scholars working in any discipline for papers
exploring participation, decision-making and power negotiation in relation
to any musical practice in any historical and geographical context. Papers
will be 20-minutes in length followed by 10 minutes of discussion time.
Please submit proposals (250-300 words) to I.ContrerasZubillaga -at- by the deadline Sunday 31 October 2021.


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