Saturday, March 12, 2016

Making Music in Film: XI. Symposium for Film Music Research

July 21 - 23, 2016 Zentrum für Populäre Kultur und Musik, Freiburg, GermanyHosted by the Zentrum für Populäre Kultur und Musik (ZPKM) Freiburg
and the Kiel Society for Film Music Research

The XI. Symposium for Film Music Research will take place at the Zentrum für Populäre Kultur und Musik (Centre for Popular Culture and Music), University of Freiburg, and will be dedicated to the filmic representation of musical performance.
Scenes and sequences that show film characters making music have always been essential attractions of cinema. What does it mean when characters break into song or start playing an instrument? Which topoi, conventions or stereotypes can we find across different musical and film genres? Which perspectives on the act of musical performance do films and TV formats offer? Which popular attitudes towards the conditions, rules and peculiarities of musical practice in their historical, economic and political contexts have shaped filmic representations?

Addressing these and other questions, the conference centers on the analysis and interpretation of scenes that show music-making. Such scenes should be examined and discussed within narratological, aesthetic, stylistic, musicological, performance and gender contexts. We welcome discussions of various film genres and TV formats beyond musical films or biopics of musicians.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

a. musical performance in its narrative context
b. diegetic music in silent film
c. rehearsal and performance in stage/backstage and other diegetic settings
d. musical performances in documentaries
e. musical performance and the construction of myths and star images
f. musical performance in TV formats and series
g. performative acts and gender construction
h. virtuosity vs. amateurism
i. musical performance as communication
j. construction of collectives through performance
k. filmic and performative spaces
l. physicality of musical performances
m. spontaneous expression vs. rehearsed performance

For the open part of the conference, we welcome submissions of proposals dealing with any aspect of music in film. We particularly encourage younger scholars and PhD students to present their current research at the conference.

Please submit an abstract (max. 300 words) for a 25 min presentation, as well as a short biography (max. 100 words), to (contacts: Tarek Krohn and Willem Strank).

Submission deadline: March 31, 2016
Notification of acceptance: April 30, 2016
Conference languages are German and English.

The organizers will not be able to cover any travel costs or other fees.