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Call for Abstracts 2010

The Columbia Music Scholarship Conference invites graduate students to submit abstracts to be selected for presentation at our seventh annual meeting, which will take place on March 6, 2010 at Columbia University. We are soliciting proposals from scholars active in all fields related to the academic study of music. If relevant to the conference topic, proposals are also welcome from scholars in other disciplines within the humanities and social sciences, and from students in the fields of arts administration and music education.

The current global economic crisis has significantly impacted the financial health of institutions devoted to the production, dissemination, study, and performance of music, as it has also affected individual artists and arts organizations as a whole. This situation, coupled with the dramatic restructuring of the recording and publishing sectors in the wake of information age advances, makes a discussion of musicís relationship to economics particularly pertinent. How does economics affect musical activity, and how does musical activity affect economics? In what ways can the value of music be understood and measured, both quantitatively and qualitatively? Studies of the complex relationship between music and economics could encompass multiple approaches focusing on a wide range of historical periods, cultures, societies, and various forms of musical activity, including composition, publication, distribution, performance, consumption, and mechanical reproduction.Historical, biographical, sociological, textual, philosophical and ethnographic methodologies, to name just a few possibilities, have much to contribute to these studies.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following: changing sources of musical patronage; reflections of monetary and economic issues in the content of musical works; the nature and value of celebrity; the relationship of musical activities to socio-economic structures in different times and places; socio-economic status of musicians; the place of musical and other artistic institutions in economic theories; music and class distinctions; music and globalization; cultural critiques of musicís relation to finance and business; relationships between the music industry and non-musical, even non-artistic, industries; connections between the economic value of music and related explorations of its cultural, historical, political, and/or aesthetic value.

Abstracts of 250 words, including a title, should be submitted electronically by December 11, 2009 to: include your name and contact information in your email only, and attach the abstract as a Word, text, or .pdf file.The committee will select papers anonymously.All scholars who submit abstracts will be notified of the committee's decision by December 22, 2009


CMSC 2010
when: Saturday, March 6, 2010
where: 301 Philosophy Hall, Columbia University
theme: Music and Money
submission deadline
    proposals: December 11, 2009

The organizers of the CMSC would like to thank the following for their support:
Current Musicology
Department of Music
Graduate Student Advisory Council
Columbia University
The Center for Ethnomusicology

The Institute for Latin American Studies

The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race