Lithuanian Composers' Union

Call for papers



The Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and the Musicologists’ Section of the Lithuanian Composers’ Union are happy to invite to the international conference “Typologies of Music Signification: Retrospective and Perspective” that will take place at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius, on October 21–23, 2021.

Musical signification, as any other issue related to the meaning in music, has been constantly an object of interest for musicologists, composers, semioticians and philosophers, often in an attempt to classify and categorise it. Looking back at the history of such classifications and foreseeing the need to rethink them, the theme of this conference is dedicated to the theoretical and practical discourses of the interrelations between musical signification and a variety of typologies.

It may be considered that written texts in musicology have emerged from the attempts to categorise abstract phenomena and further practices of their systematisation. Aristoxenus distinguished three basic gènē in his Elementa harmonica. Boethius, in De musica, differentiated the types of musica instrumentalis. The likes of Johannes de Groche, Johann Mattheson, and Johann Nikolaus Forkel named not only new types of music, but also fundamental categories of music, such as genre and style, among others. The path to discovering many of the musical phenomena has been based on the process of categorising and systematising the outcomes of music signification.

Typologies of signification have been acknowledged as research methods and as part of theoretical epistemology of music since the dawn of theoretical musicology and, as such, they have retained a significant place in the research of musicologists, ethnomusicologists, popular music scholars and musical semioticians of the late 20th to early 21st centuries – from Philip Tagg, Simon Frith, Franco Fabbri or Fabian Holt to Heinrich Besseler, Carl Dahlhaus, Helga de la Motte-Haber, Mieczyslaw Tomaszewski and others. Typologisation of significations, as a method for gaining knowledge, is of interest to the current research as well. 

This conference seeks at renewing the approach to the concepts, terms and categories employed in the process of music signification, as well as attempts to conceptualise the practices of classification of musical phenomena. We welcome scholars to tackle these tasks from a variety of perspectives: to discuss them as problems of research philosophy, raise the questions of criteria, present individual approaches, analyse historical or current cases and present the perspectives of systematisation.

This interdisciplinary event welcomes researchers from different fields of research. Affiliated scholars, doctoral students and independent researchers are welcome to submit their abstracts.

The conference will take place in a hybrid form (both live and online). Official languages of the conference: English, German.

Keynote speakers
Wolfgang Marx (University College Dublin)
Kęstas Kirtiklis (Vilnius University)
Gražina Daunoravičienė (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre)

Programming Committee
Paulo C. Chagas (University of California, Riverside), Gražina Daunoravičienė (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre), Joan Grimalt (Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya ESMUC), Margarita Katunian (Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory), Helmut Loos (Leipzig University), Lina Navickaitė-Martinelli (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre), Rima Povilionienė (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre), Daiva Vyčinienė (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre)

Organising Committee
Gražina Daunoravičienė (chair), Ingrida Jasonienė, Mantautas Krukauskas, Agnė Mažulienė, Mykolas Natalevičius, Lina Navickaitė-Martinelli (vice-chair), Rima Rimšaitė, Judita Žukienė

Abstract submission
The proposals for the conference will be peer-reviewed anonymously. Please send your abstract both in anonymised and unanonymised forms.

We invite proposals for individual papers (20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of questions and discussion) on topics including, but not limited to:
•    Typologisation as a problem of social sciences and sociomusicology;
•    Typologisation from the philosophical perspective;
•    Musical genres, types and phenomena as object of semiotic research;
•    Signification as a premise for categorising musical phenomena;
•    Relations of signification and typologisation processes;
•    Historical cases of music typologies and their analysis;
•    Cases of authorial systematisation, their creativity and innovation;
•    Music typologies versus music taxonomies;
•    Signification and typologisation as the basis of music epistemology;
•    Criteria for typologisation as a problem of research methodology;
•    Analysis of case-studies in musical systematisation and taxonomies.

Proposals must be sent by April 1, 2021 to in Word (doc or docx) format and should include the following:

•    Name, academic degree, affiliation and contact email address;
•    Title of the presentation;
•    Abstract (300 words maximum, clearly present the research question/aim, research background, methodology, results and conclusions, 5 keywords).
•    Photo close-up in TIFF or JPG format (from 300 to 600 dpi);
•    Curriculum vitae (100 words maximum).

Registration fee
The conference registration fee for active participants – 50 EUR, online participants – 30 EUR, student fee – 20 EUR. Passive attendance free of charge. Further information will be sent after the acceptance of proposals. Participants pay their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Selected revised papers will be published in a special issue of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Lithuanian Musicology (indexed in SCOPUS, RILM, EBSCO, MLA International Bibliography, ERIH+).

Important dates
Submission deadline: April 1, 2021
Notification of acceptance: May 15, 2021
Conference: October 21–23, 2021

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