Panel Convenor: Nils Holger Petersen, University of Copenhagen

Call for Papers:

Historically, music has been associated with truth in numerous ways, including Pythagorean, quadrivial thinking in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, medieval theological ideas of Angelic song, notions of “true church music” in the Cecilian movement of the nineteenth century, and not least Romantic ideas of artistic truth and of music as the highest, divine art. Notions of aesthetic truth, artistic sincerity and authenticity in musical composition and/or performances thrive at least in western cultures of the last centuries, and in the twentieth century, the philosopher Theodor W. Adornos understood the music of Arnold Schoenberg to bring about knowledge.        

The music panel seeks to explore interrelations between the notions of music and truth, historically or in a contemporary context. How does the idea of musical truth relate to the equally prevalent idea of entertainment and to music’s various societal roles, in concerts, theatres, churches, as well as private listening or performative practices? 

Abstracts of no more than 250 words can be sent to Nils Holger Petersen The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2018 (response from the panel can be expected towards the end of March or beginning of April). Speakers will only be allowed to give one presentation at the conference. If you are submitting to another panel as well, please let us know so that we can liaise with the other strand chairs.