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Conference Word, Body and Music

Date: December 7, 2017
Deadline for submission of proposals: October 7, 2017
Venue: Music Museum

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Call for papers: Please send abstracts by October 7th, 2017. Participants will be notified if their paper was accepted for the conference at the end of October 2017.

Papers selected for presentation will be published after a peer-review revision.


Music seems connected to a body that resonates while producing it.

While music is a performative art that embodies itself in a total, immediate, non-discursive experience, words and descriptions apparently refer to this experience from another level.

What kind of body do we find, for example, in a book on musical performance technique, in Eric Satie’s indications on his musical scores, in a piano composition written for the left hand, or in Proust’s descriptions of music listening experience?

Starting from a series of descriptions that can be literary, philosophical, medical, or related to musical performance technique or theory, our aim is to sketch out a map of the body experience when engaged in musical listening and performance.

The objective of this conference is to promote an interdisciplinary debate, hoping that ideas spread in unexpected directions.

Suggested topics:

  • The description of the body in treatises on music theory and historical musicological texts
  • The description of the body in books on musical performance technique for singers and instrumentalists
  • The body in the performance indications of a musical score
  • The body as an active listener, and the body in musical performance, as found in literary descriptions
  • The body as an obstacle in musical performance
  • The listening body and the body in musical performance, from the perspective of medicine and medical humanities
  • Gender and body variations with respect to the listening body and the body in musical performance

Activity organized by Music and Literature project, THELEME Group.

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