« The International Conference of the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung 2020/21 is jointly organised by the Department of Musicology/Sound Studies of the University of Bonn and the Beethoven-Archiv of Beethoven Haus Bonn. By planning the 2020/21 Conference in Beethoven’s native city we refer not only to the 250th anniversary of his birthday, but also to the former Beethoven year, 1970, when the International Musicological Congress of the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung last took place in Bonn. The conference topic “Musikwissenschaft nach Beethoven » (Musicology after Beethoven) has been chosen with this double reference in mind. While “Reflections on Musicology Today” was the title of a symposium led by Hans Heinrich Eggebrecht during the 1970 Conference in Bonn, the ambiguity of the expression “after Beethoven” specifies where such a discussion should take place today, in the twenty-first Century, at the onset of the twenties. The year 2020 undoubtedly marks a particular meaning of the phrase “after Beethoven”, which refers not merely to chronology, but also to historical placement. In fact, it is commonly acknowledged that musicology originated as an academic discipline after Beethoven; this can be interpreted in a historical sense, since the music culture shaped by Beethoven was precisely the background in which musicology could flourish (not only in Bonn).
In the narrower sense, the conference title raises the question as to whether the German word “nach” can be understood as “according to” (“gemäß”) as well as « beyond » (« jenseits »): to what extent was or is Beethoven the benchmark or the yardstick of musicological research? How does musicology deal with the “Beethoven paradigm” today, and with the ongoing work on the Beethoven myth? Can we still keep together an increasingly decentred discipline, divided – among others – into historic and systematic musicology, ethnomusicology, popular music studies and sound studies? Based on such questions, two main symposia will be devoted to the topics “New Tasks of Beethoven Research” (28 September) and “Aesthetic Normativity in Music” (29-30 September). The conference will also include GfM study group sessions, free sessions, roundtables, free papers, project presentations, and poster presentations. »
Date limite de soumission : 31 janvier 2021.
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