Vernacular Philosophies of Music

Michael Gallope and Carolyn Abbate

Vernacular Philosophies of Music

A Symposium in Connection with the Project
Composing Philosophy: Aesthetics and Amateurism in Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Music (funded by the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions of the European Commission)

Convenor and Host: Jennifer Ronyak
An Affiliate Event of the Music and Philosophy Study Group of the Royal Music Association
15:30-18:45 (3:30-6:45 pm), UTC (GMT, Time in Oxford, United Kingdom)

Composing and performing musicians, as well as music scholars, sometimes operate with formal philosophical methods or sources when pursuing their respective crafts.  Yet at other times the philosophical underpinnings of such work are less easy to classify or identify, even when they are still crucial. This online symposium looks at some aspects of this problem through the conceptual lens of vernacular philosophies of music, i.e., those philosophies that—while they may have a great deal in common with systems articulated in more formal texts—are ultimately arrived at more personally and in social contexts beyond the institutional ones in which philosophy is most often thought to be found.

Through two keynote talks by Michael Gallope and Carolyn Abbate, two formal responses, and a final discussion panel, the invited speakers will address these questions and related ones in relationship to varied musicological and philosophical frameworks, as well as examples drawn from twentieth-century avant-garde musical practices and current music scholarship trends.

15:30: Introduction
15:45: Michael Gallope, University of Minnesota, “Compulsion, Electricity, Autonomy" 
16:30: Kwami Coleman, NYU, response

15-minute break    

17:00: Carolyn Abbate, Harvard University, “Lightness, Efficacy, Unknowability”
17:45: Nanette Nielsen, University of Oslo, response
18:00-18:45: Panel discussion, with questions from the public

Free to attend, register here. Please note that places are limited and registration closes at 9am on the day of the event.