Music &....Society 2019 Conference

Country: Italy

City: Verona

Abstr. due: 22.02.2019

Dates: 15.07.19 — 16.07.19

Area Of Sciences: Arts; Cultural science;

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Organizers: Progressive Connexions


“Music is the melody whose text is the world.” —Arthur Schopenhauer
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” — Maya Angelou

Music is integral to our lives. It gives voice to the feelings and thoughts that cannot be spoken. It has been used on battlefields as well as battles for the heart. It can heal and comfort as well as engender anger and hatred. It has been blamed for mass shootings as well as credited for bringing huge crowds together. It can reinforce cultural mores or break the rules. It fosters connections with the sacred and the profane. It is all around us.

Music speaks volumes where words fail us and can be a conduit for communication between individuals, groups, entire countries, and through time. Musicians, songs and styles of music transcend national boundaries and speak across the generations. Precisely because the meanings and implications of music are not limited to specific professions this project invites inclusive interdisciplinary approaches to making sense of the way music impacts our lives.

We welcome contributions on themes such as, but not limited to music and…

~ Human relationships and emotions (desire/love/lust, breaking up, parenthood, friendship, spirituality, etc.)
~ Non-humans (animals, plants, etc.)
~ Health and wellness (clinical practices, therapeutic approaches, meditation other self-help approaches, psychological/physiological/neurological effects of music)
~ Education (erasure of music from the curriculum, approaches to teaching music/music appreciation, music as learning tool)
~ Law (copyright, intellectual property, censorship, NGOs and unions supporting musicians’ rights)
~ Social welfare (music in social programs, public support for music-oriented activities, philanthropic support for music)
~ Technologies (innovation supporting the making, distributing, sharing, and experiencing of music)
~ Business (music industry trends, popularity/marketability of certain types of music, experiences of musicians, use of music in advertising, etc.)
~ Indigenous cultures (music and rituals, storytelling, etc.)
~ Protest (anti-war songs, songs about political issues, songs about socio-cultural attitudes/practices)
~ War (songs as propaganda, military songs/marches, music for the homefront, songs about war)
~ Identity (nationalism, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, class, etc.)
~ Other arts and media (film, tv, video, gaming, art, dance, theatre, poetry, literature, etc.)
~ Genres (trends, composers, performers)

For the 2019 meeting we are particularly interested in exploring music in the context of personal relationships with a view to forming a publication to engender further collaboration and discussion. The relationship between music and human emotion is varied and complex. From pop culture’s love songs to folk and blues, to chansons of unrequited love and songs of historical import, the drama of opera’s arias, through to music as a vehicle for expressing hate and conflict, music narrates the deepest experiences of humanity. Paradoxically, love music can express hate – for example in expressing jealousy – hate music can express not only anger and racial hatred, it can also express love. We warmly welcome contributions which explore the themes of music, love, hate and the emotions across all disciplines, professions and practices.

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