Fourth International Symposium
Complexities of Cultural Representation in the Performance of Latin American Music
January 25-26, 2013
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Contributions are invited to this two-day symposium, the fourth of an ongoing series dedicated towards international exchange in research and performance to advance understanding and recognition of the repertories and practices of Latin American Music.
Initially founded to emphasize choral and vocal literature, the scope of the symposia has broadened to include a full range of musical practice and media.
The 2013 symposium marks the fourth supported by the Center for Latin American Music at the University of Arizona School of Music and the Institute for Arts in the Americas in the College of Fine Arts. The symposium is also supported by the University of Arizona's Confluence Center for Creative Inquiry and other university and community partners (see home page).
As with our previous symposia, our goal is to unite music scholarship with performance and dissemination of music in formal and popular settings. All participants are encouraged to submit their presentations for publication in our web-based proceedings series.
This year's theme "Complexities of Cultural Representation in the Performance of Latin American Music," is inspired by a desire to explore the potential of performance study in popular music and the humanities to inform the creation and performance of Latin American art music.
This year's topic, "Complexities of Cultural Representation in the Performance of Latin American Music," explores the expectations listeners bring to performances of Latin American music in different contexts and invites consideration of how composers, performers, researchers, and various publics should respond. We invite participants to reflect on the practical demands of artistic performance making use of perspectives derived from contemporary scholarship on performance practice as cultural action.
Questions related to the topic "Complexities of Cultural Representation in the Performance of Latin American Music," include: 1) When are expectations of cultural representation empowering, or confining? 2) What can we learn from how performers, composers and listeners have productively engaged or thwarted cultural expectations? 3) Can practical strategies for creation and performance be extracted from contemporary scholarship on performance practice? 4) Can we separate cultural representation from cultural politics? 5) How may performance studies inform our understanding of musical representation in Latin American art music?
We welcome contributions in the formats of paper, panels, informative posters, roundtables, workshops and performances. We invite participates to address the symposium theme, addressing the questions above or offering additional perspectives.
To stimulate dialogue and contextualize our initial perspectives, we offer a recommended reading list.
Papers and verbal presentations should be designed to last no more than 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion.
Performance proposals will be scheduled in time frames that best suit the work to be presented, typically 30-50 minutes.
The length of workshops and will generally be 30-50 minutes, roundtables and panels will be 50-90 minutes, depending on the number of presenters involved and the nature of the topics addressed.
Please complete the linked presention submission form to submit a proposal. Proposals with should be sent electronically by email attachment (.doc or .pdf only) by September 30, 2012 to: Dr. Janet Sturman at firstname.lastname@example.org.