Call for Proposals: Joint Research Centres Conference November 1 – 3, 2017

What does the future look like for the musician in society? 

The four Research Centres of the Norwegian Academy of Music invite colleagues from Norway and abroad to address this question by sending proposals for their joint conference The Protean Musician: the musician in future society.

The Protean Musician: the musician in future society

Background

Musicians need competences that are dynamic and adaptable. Students and staff within conservatoires and university music departments must understand that what they are going to do as musicians will change over time. They also need to be equipped to help others in this realisation.

This conference aims to explore aspects of the micro-experience of students in the conservatoire, and how these might relate, at the macro-level, to what the artistic/professional career experiences of these people may be in future.

We are aware that there are numerous human frailties involved in the music ‘profession’, and the idea that obstacles must be overcome in life through some form of self-realisation is as true for the musician as for any individual.

In contrast, the music profession has trained people through a perfectionist frame, despite the fact that we know that life is full of imperfections. Issues of inequality, lack of opportunity and exploitation remain problematic in the music world, but are largely ignored, at best, marginalised and, at worst, covertly echoed in the single-minded discipline of the teaching studio and practice room. 

How might we go about resolving this situation? How might we establish a paradigm, within the conservatoire and beyond, of the previously posited but largely unrealised ‘Protean Musician’, an individual responsive to change and able not only to thrive personally but also to make a difference to others? 

Issues addressed

Issues which may be addressed under this topic area include:

  • Identity: Questions around identity are very important because when they encounter the ‘real’ labour market, students are having to do things other than they had previously expected. So, what do musicians say at various stages of their careers when they are asked about identity? 
  • Courage:  Do we really have the courage to ask questions of our work in the studio?  Have we really embedded the critical views around music training systems in such a way that challenging questions can be posed, and received, constructively? 
  • Power Relations: Are we dealing properly with the problematics of the power relations that conservatoires include and create? 
  • Actions: If, through this conference and by other means, we gain a better understanding of the actions that could elicit changes, how might we apply this knowledge in the world of our conservatoire, and in the ‘real’ world’?

Proposals relevant to the concerns of the Research Centres

The Conference Committee welcomes proposals which address the topic through any of these perspectives and through others relevant to the overall concerns of its Research Centres.  Cross-disciplinary proposals relating the ideas of two or more of the NMH Research Centres are encouraged:

The Arne Nordheim Centre for Artistic Research in Music (NordART): providing a contemporary perspective on the roles of musical artists through its development of projects within the artistic research and performance studies fields;

The Centre for Research in Music and Health (CREMAH): expanding knowledge about the relations between music and health, including Music Therapy;

The Centre for Educational Research in Music (CERM), dedicated to the understanding and advancement of all subjects within the field of Music Education including Higher Music Education;

The Centre of Excellence in Music Performance Education (CEMPE): developing knowledge that will enhance the education of musicians on a high artistic level, qualified for an international and competitive profession in a rapidly changing music environment.

Presentations and proposals details

Duration of presentations

  • Individual presentations: 25 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of discussion
  • Special sessions: 45 minutes in total, including discussion

Proposals

All proposals (abstracts) should fully and clearly describe the topic of the presentation and should include the following information:

  • Background
  • Research questions
  • Aims
  • Summary of content
  • Significance

Please indicate whether or not the presentation will involve live performance and, if so, what instruments and repertoires are envisaged.

Proposals of 300 words should be sent as a PDF or Word attachment to otto.c.pay@nmh.no and must include the following: title, author(s), affiliation(s) and email address for contact. This information should be supplied on a title page separate from the abstract proposal, for the purposes of blind review.  When you submit your proposal you will be asked to identify:

  • Type of submission (i.e. individual presentation, special session)
  • AV requirements
  • Special requests for space/equipment for performance during the paper/session

Selection of proposals

Proposals will be accepted on the basis of their relevance to the seminar themes, their significance, originality, and rigour. Presentations incorporating live music‐making are welcome.

Proposal submission deadline:

1st February 2017

Last updated: 4. October 2016