Risorse digitali per i nuovi umanisti

La ricerca umanistica non può più prescindere dagli strumenti digitali: lo sappiamo ormai da tempo.

Oltre alla vitale intersezione tra archivio analogico e quello digitale, un mondo di possibilità è pure dischiuso, non solo dalla digitalizzazione di ciò che esisteva in cartaceo, ma anche dall’esistenza di un pubblico, più ampio di quello universitario, cui diffondere le nostre ricerche.

Il plus della rete, intesa quale reticolato di persone, rende praticabili imprese che fino a qualche anno fa sarebbero state ardue, se non impensabili.

Il mio guestpost per ebook reader Italia

Aldine 197 frontespizio

Aldine 197 frontespizio

Arts Without Borders? CFP

Perspectives on Collaboration and Interdisciplinarity in and through the Arts. An international conference hosted by the University of the Arts Helsinki and CERADA (Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts), Finland
October 19-22, 2016

We are experiencing a renaissance in the power of the arts, even where political will is lacking. Artists increasingly make their own futures and work collaboratively across disciplines. Dimensions of creativity and innovation, empowered learning, distributed and ethical leadership, and entrepreneurship and activism, all of which are embedded within artistic practices, are being recognized as critical to contemporary societies in diverse ways. At the same time arts institutions in Higher Education, many of which have operated as small organizations focused on a single discipline, are starting to merge and to collaborate at interdisciplinary levels. This trend raises many questions about purpose and principles, and indeed in some contexts arts organisations are resisting pressures to merge, seeing these being driven by finance and bureaucracy, and perceiving a threat to their own core purpose and quality.
This international conference will explore the potential and challenges of interdisciplinarity, and the full scope of the performing and visual arts in discovering new territories and evolving beyond existing paradigms. Through the event we aim to set agendas and mobilize global networks, generating dialogue and exchange between researchers, arts practitioners, and professionals from a wide range of disciplines including education, psychology, health care, organizational management and leadership.
Conference themes:

*   Collaborative processes, conflict and leadership: leveraging individual and collective expertise, empowering new knowledge and enabling the full potential of the arts
*   Improvisation, creativity and innovation: exploring tensions between traditional and contemporary practices, notated repertoire and making new work.
*   Connecting the arts beyond their own disciplines: new visions for breaking through professional silos and embracing diversity
*   Rethinking paradigms of purpose in the arts: dimensions of quality, entrepreneurship, impact and activism

Keynotes

Efva Lilja, choreographer http://www.efvalilja.se
Helen Marriage, director, Artichoke http://www.artichoke.uk.com
(The full list of keynotes will be announced at a later date).
We welcome the following categories of proposals related to the Conference themes:

1.  Research papers & performance papers
2.  Practical workshops
3.  Symposia
4.  Individually tailored proposals

The deadline to submit an abstract proposal is January 11, 2016
All outcomes will be known by March 14, 2016

Proposals for papers will be peer reviewed and proposals for performances and workshops will be included on the basis of quality, engagement and relevance to the strands. Abstracts should be written in English, and should be around 400 words.

Conference Organising Committee
Professor Helena Gaunt, Sibelius Academy
Patrick Furu, Sibelius Academy
Professor Heidi Westerlund, Sibelius Academy
Dr. Kai Lehikoinen, Theatre Academy
Professor Riikka Stewen, Academy of Fine Arts

Please find the proposal guidelines on the Conference website and submit your abstract using the electronic form provided:
http://www.uniarts.fi/arts-without-borders

Digital curation: MiTo 2015 #ask Twitterinterviste

Nell’ambito della nona edizione di MiTo Settembremusica 2015 lo stellare social media team torinese, oltre alle twitter dirette del Focus Chopin Skrjabin, ha deciso di intervistare su twitter alcuni degli artisti presenti al festival.

askVeicolate dall’hashtag #ask, ho curato tutti i “dietro le quinte”, tra cui l’incontro con:

il controtenore Rupert Enticknap (14 settembre) #askAkhnaten in occasione dell’opera Akhnaten di Philip Glass; recap su Facebook;

Stefano Bollani (15 settembre) #askBollani

Dario Brunori (17 settembre) #askBrunori

Mentre su Facebook si trova l’intervista, più lunga, a Kaspars Putniņš, il direttore artistico e direttore principale del Coro filarmonico estone da camera (14 settembre).

Music History and Cosmopolitanism

Music History and Cosmopolitanism
Fourth Sibelius Academy Symposium on Music History
June 1–3, 2016 at Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland
http://www.uniarts.fi/en/cosmopol2016

Keynote Speakers (see below for abstracts)
Brigid Cohen, New York University, USA
Mark Everist, University of Southampton, GB
Franco Fabbri, University of Turin, IT

Conference Outline

The Third Sibelius Academy Symposium<http://sites.uniarts.fi/en/web/confronting-the-national/home> (2014) took as its theme the questioning of methodological nationalism in music historiography: the kind of historiography that, according to Beck and Sznaider, equates society with national society (“Unpacking Cosmopolitanism for the Social Sciences,” 2006: 2). They called, instead, for a methodological cosmopolitanism, an alternative that has gained momentum within musicology, often alongside related concepts: the last two decades have seen increased attention to the conspicuous mobility of works and musicians; to cities as sites of cosmopolitan encounter; and to the transnational and global connections created and exploited by musicians.

The Fourth Sibelius Academy Symposium<http://www.uniarts.fi/en/cosmopol2016> takes cosmopolitanism as its theme in order to contribute to and clarify this cosmopolitan turn, which raises as many questions as it answers. The label “cosmopolitan” is easily attached to instances of diversity in performance and consumption, for example, but it has been more broadly reinterpreted as an ethical standpoint transcending the local and national. Clearly, the meaning of the cosmopolitan remains hard to define, both theoretically and in relation to particular times and places. The danger of naïve universalism is obvious enough, but how, in musicological practice, can the discourse on cosmopolitanism engage with the post-colonial experience of musicians, with diaspora and migration, or with the complexities of Creolization and métissage? Without losing sight (or sound) of nuanced case studies, we might also ask, more broadly, after the relationship between the cosmopolitan and the transnational as analytical categories. Moreover, how can the study of music and musicians contribute to our understanding of the intersection of cosmopolitanism and social class?

This international symposium will offer a forum for debate about how we might build a post-national understanding of the social in the musical past. The aim is to pursue a better understanding of the kinds of social interweaving and mutual dependence that set cosmopolitan musical processes in motion well before the mass migrations and technological changes that characterized the twentieth century, and to begin to identify features that might signal the emergence of a cosmopolitan society. We therefore invite proposals for papers and group sessions under the following themes:

•    The transnationalization of music, its import and export, its cultural transfer and exchange
•    Music and transnational mobility, migrancy and nomadism.
•    Music and belonging: the exiled musician and the stateless musician
•    Music and urban culture; cosmopolitan musical genres
•    Music and international networks of digital communication
•    Diasporic communities, music and border crossing
•    Music and non-state politics (e.g. human rights and ecological issues)
•    Music and non-state affiliations: religion, ethnicity, pan-nationalism, (Communist) Internationalism

The Conference Committee welcomes individual papers and proposals for panels and roundtable discussions. For individual papers, abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted, with a short biography of the presenter. Panels and roundtable proposals should include a session overview, participant biographies and descriptions of individual contributions.

Please send abstracts and proposals to the conference secretary, Dr. KaarinaKilpiö, at kaarina.kilpio AT uniarts.fi by Wednesday 30 September 2015. Notices of acceptance will be sent by Friday 30 October 2015.

Conference Committee

Vesa Kurkela (chair) / Sibelius Academy
Philip Bohlman / University of Chicago, USA
Katherine Hambridge / University of Warwick, GB
Markus Mantere / Sibelius Academy & The Finnish Musicological Society
Tomi Mäkelä / Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
Derek Scott / University of Leeds, GB
Anne Sivuoja-Kauppala / Sibelius Academy
Kaarina Kilpiö (conference secretary) / Sibelius Academy

Keynote Abstracts

Brigid Cohen: Musical Cosmopolitics in Cold War New York 

New York crystallized as an archetypal “global city” under the pressure of the early Cold War, when the U.S. asserted heightened economic and military dominance, while absorbing unprecedented levels of immigration in the wake of the Holocaust, decolonization movements, and the internal Great Migration.  During this period, the city built a cultural infrastructure that benefitted from, and sought to match, the nation’s enhanced geopolitical and economic power.  This talk examines the role of musical “migrant mediators” who navigated new patronage opportunities that arose in this setting, helping to reinforce transnational art and music networks for generations to come.  With attention to concert music, jazz, electronic music, and performance art—and figures ranging from Yoko Ono to Vladimir Ussachevsky—I highlight creators’ wildly disparate enactments of national citizenship and world belonging in the arts of the Cold War “global city,” their different cosmopolitanisms in counterpoint and contestation with one another.

Mark Everist: Stage Music and Cultural Transfer in Europe, 1814–1870
The history of stage music in the nineteenth century trades largely in the commodities of named composer and opera in the early 21st century canon.  This serves our understanding of the nineteenth century badly, and in ways in which colleagues in other disciplines would find strange.  Examining stage music on a European scale, from Lisbon to St Petersburg and from Dublin to Odessa, in pursuit of an understanding of the cultures that supported opera in the long nineteenth century begins to uncover networks of activity that span the entire continent, and that engage the reception of French and Italian stage music in the farthest flung regions.
Setting forth an understanding of nineteenth-century stage music that attempts to grasp the complex reality of ‘opera’ in Seville, Klausenberg or Copenhagen, opens up the possibility not only of going beyond tired notions of national identity, or even of the ‘imagined community’ but also of beginning to understand the cultural contest in terms of urban encounter or melee.

Franco Fabbri: An ‘Intricate Fabric of Influences and Coincidences in the History of Popular Music’: Reflections on the Challenging Work of Popular Music Historians
What we now call ‘popular music’ isn’t simply the Anglo-American mainstream from the Tin Pan Alley era (or even the 1950s) onward, with the optional addition of a handful of local genres, styles, and scenes: it’s an extremely varied set of music events that became visible and audible almost simultaneously in many places around the world since the early decades of the Nineteenth century (the ‘third type’ of music, according to Derek B. Scott, emerging in the void created by the invention of ‘classical’ and ‘folk’ music). If we accept this idea, then a popular music historian has to face a number of challenging questions.
Which sources (sheet music, paintings, photographs, movies, recordings, memories and ethnographic research, ads, posters, reviews, demographic and economic data, objects, instruments, technologies, places, up to web-based documents, etc.) are available? How reliable are they? In which languages were they conceived, written or recorded? Within which theoretical framework can they be studied? It’s a huge work, but it must also produce a manageable output, in the form of handbooks, audio-visual products, web pages, and other material suitable for teaching and dissemination. The paper will address some of these questions and challenges, with the aim to avoid the sheer transferral of concepts from the study of the current mainstream to a cosmopolitan history of popular music(s).