Reading Group

A regular meeting where researchers discuss topics or texts that are relevant to music, in the broadest possible sense.

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Time and place: Nov. 14, 2019 4:00 PM6:00 PM, Room 338, 3rd floor of the ZEB-building

Today, we are going to answer the question of what do postmodernism and metamodernism bring to the musicological table.

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Time and place: Oct. 10, 2019 4:00 PM6:00 PM, Room 338, 3rd floor of the ZEB-building

Over this session, we discuss the problems of the copyright of Music. As our colleague Alan Hui explains, digital platforms and digital production software create new challenges and opportunities for making and faking content, shaping and sharing experiences, and reproducing and regulating culture. What role should copyright law play in this digital, mediated and connected world (or is copyright now fundamentally incompatible or irrelevant)?

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Time and place: Sep. 12, 2019 4:00 PM6:00 PM, Room 338, 3rd floor of the ZEB-building

During this session, we can discuss the problems, experiences and techniques of the miscellaneous ways we listen to/hear music and sound: all the intimacies and relationships that occur between the parties of the listener/sound/emitter musical triangle.

Time and place: May 21, 2019 4:30 PM6:30 PM, Hageby Cafe (Cafe Abel)

During this session, we can discuss the problems regarding the discipline of musicology and the concept of interdisciplinarity. What do we gain and what do we lose through the interdisciplinary approach? Is it possible to, in any way, re-merge ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ sciences? How can we think beyond this arbitrary division in musicology? 

Time and place: Apr. 11, 2019 4:30 PM6:30 PM, Pust

Over this session, we discuss the musical relationships between humans and whatever falls into the definition of ‘Nature’ (or the environment, or the nonhuman word). What do potential musical encounters between humans and their others sound like and how potent (artistically and scientifically) are they? Does music support or hinder our mutual ‘understanding’?

Time and place: Mar. 14, 2019 4:30 PM6:30 PM, Sentralen

Why is it important/productive to implement the sex/gender perspective into the practice of knowledge production, especially in the context of music/musicology? What are the standard questions we can ask in relation to gender/sex and music? How strongly are the categories of ‘masculinity’, ‘maleness’, ‘womanhood’ and ‘femininity’ embodied in and reproduced by music? How does/might the category of gender affect our practice of conducting musicological investigations?

Time and place: Feb. 21, 2019 4:30 PM6:30 PM, Sentralen

The canon(-ization) of knowledge, its systematization and classification,  leads to its hierarchization and the sanctified separation between what is worth remembering, archiving, cherishing, disseminating and what is not. What do you think of the concept and practice of systematization of (musicological or any kind of) knowledge?

Time and place: Oct. 22, 2018 5:00 PM7:00 PM, Sentralen

What is the historical relationship between musicology and nationalism, and what should we do about it?

Time and place: Sep. 21, 2018 5:00 PM7:00 PM, Colonel Mustard

Genre matters. Or does it?

Time and place: Aug. 21, 2018 5:00 PM7:00 PM, Fuglen

Donald Trump called Rachmaninov an "enemy of music," Messiaen a "liar," Mozart a "phoney," and Bach "derivative." Should we care?

(Or, how do we do politics in music scholarship?)

Time and place: Nov. 21, 2017 1:00 PM3:00 PM, ZEB Meeting Room 103