Saturday, 28 November 2020
|11:15 – 13:45||SESSION 10:
chair: Leon Stefanija
|11:15 – 11:45||Dalibor Davidović:
Eva Sedak, a Musicologist in Times of Crises
|11:45 – 12:15||Sanela Nikolić:
Considering a Global Perspective: The Case of Musicological Brainfood
|12:15 – 12:45||Jan Giffhorn:
The Perks of Being Post-Factual: Fiction and Research in Musicology
Department of Musicology, Academy of Music, University of Zagreb
Eva Sedak, a Musicologist in Times of Crises
In response to the “narratives of crisis” that permeate contemporary musicological research and to concerns about the future of the discipline, I propose to look into its past in order to outline the respective former narratives. My intention is to consider what in such cases is called the “crisis” into which musicology has fallen and how musicologists have tried to deal with it. An example where I will consider these issues is the work of Eva Sedak (1938-2017), a musicologist who considered herself living in “times of crisis”. In this paper, I would like to show that the notion of “crisis” in her writings appears in three characteristic contexts, which to some extent overlap. In the writings from the 1970s, Eva Sedak appeared as a kind of witness to the “crisis” in which fell, in her opinion, contemporary composition on the one hand and music criticism, on the other. In the second context, which began in the mid-1970s, “crisis” was the term to describe the state of musical life in Croatia in past and present times, which, precisely because of its position in the “border area”, posed a challenge to musicological considerations. Finally, in the third context, outlined gradually but particularly strikingly in the late 1990s, the “crisis” emerged as an integral part of a historiographical conception capable of adequately responding to the “crisis” state of music in the “border area”. In this context, the notion of “crisis” gradually gives way to the notion of “deconstruction”.
Key words: crisis, musicology in Croatia, Eva Sedak, nationalism, deconstruction
Dalibor Davidović (1972) completed his musicology studies in Zagreb and Hamburg. His recent research has been focused on the notion of anarchy in the work of John Cage, on the music ontology of the Jewish philosopher Ivan Focht and on the work of the German artist Hans Jürgen Syberberg. He teaches at the Music Academy in Zagreb. From 2016 to 2018 visiting researcher at Berlin University of the Arts.
Faculty of Music, University of Arts, Belgrade; International Association of Aesthetics Delegate-at-Large
Considering a Global Perspective:
The Case of Musicological Brainfood
Since 2017, the International Musicological Society has published Musicological Brainfood online: Tasty Bite-Size Provocations to Refuel Your Thinking. Each issue contains one or two short contributions moving away from the form of ‘classical’ musicological journal. Yet, the authors of these texts are the leading musicologists of our time. At first glance, these texts look like some short musicological manifestos. Hence, the editors suggest not to understand them as “representative, official, exhaustive or definitive” but as “cooked up to advance, refresh, or reinvigorate different aspects of our field”. From reading this “tasty brain food” it becomes obvious that considering how a global perspective challenges musicology, “tasty brain food” is a predominant ‘ingredient’ of it. So, the thesis provoked here by these texts is: musicology develops its potential as a socially engaged practice challenged by a global perspective. It becomes responsible for the sustainability of music cultures and thus actively involved in a global sustainable development project.
But, is there some new ‘global’ research object of musicology? or are we still talking about the cases of local musicological works that fit into the global tendency to preserve the culture? Or, maybe, the appropriate would be to talk about ‘global’ on the level of musicological aims and goals. What kind of tools in the interdisciplinary musicological toolbox should be picking up as the most useful for practicing global musicology? And how does the global musicology that takes responsibility for the sustainability of music in the form of a collaborative project work collide with the traditional musicological forms of writing history and theory of (Western) music? Provoked and ‘refuelled’ by Musicological Brainfood, the answers on these will be used to outline global musicology disciplinary features.
Key words: global musicology, music theory and history, music heritage, sustainability of music culture.
Sanela Nikolić (1983), Assistant Professor of Applied Aesthetics at the Faculty of Music, University of Arts, Belgrade, graduated from the Department of Musicology at the Faculty of Music, Belgrade (2006), and obtained doctoral degree from the Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Arts, Belgrade, PhD programme for Theory of Arts and Media (2011). Lecturer at Interdisciplinary PhD studies, University of Arts, Belgrade (2013–2015, 2020). One of the editors of the AM Journal of Art and Media Studies. In addition to numerous scholarly texts, she is the author of two books in the Serbian language. She is the International Association for Aesthetics Delegate-at-Large (2019–2022) and also a member of the Serbian Musicological Society. Fields of interest: avant-garde art schools and practices; applied aesthetics as a critical history of the humanities; interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity in the humanities; digital humanities.
Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna
The Perks of Being Post-Factual:
Fiction and Research in Musicology
The Perks of Being Post-Factual discusses elements of fiction as productive methodical means in musicology. The talk will outline didactic and professional relevance in face of recent developments and will provide examples which shall demonstrate both the opportunities and the dangers of the concept.
Over the recent past, new approaches surfaced in musicology, some of them deemed to be unbecoming to the discipline at first. But Artistic Research for example has been able to massively expand both methods and subjects, eventually aiming at the promising »joint venture« of the artistic practice, the science of art, and their reflection in academia and the public sphere.
In order to discuss additional methodical tools, I draw on Patricia Leavy’s Fiction as Research Practice (2013) as well asthe recently published Einladung zur öffentlichen Soziologie – Eine postdisziplinäre Passion [Invitation to Public Sociology – A Post-disciplinary Passion] (2020) by German sociologist Stefan Selke. Based on Leavy and Selke, I willshow the possible benefits of using elements such as storytelling in musicological contexts. Approaches embedding fictive aspects can be particularly helpful when working with music students who are skilled artists but at the same time unskilled writers and researchers: It may unblock the connection between the artist’s practice and demands of science by liberating thought.
The subject is highly relevant for strengthening the status of musicology at universities and academies, and fosters both artistic and scientific findings and research.
Key words: artistic research, fiction-based research, storytelling, creative writing
Jan Giffhorn (1978, Bonn, Germany) studied Music Theory and Piano from 2000 until 2005 at the Folkwang University Essen. In 2008 he began as a PhD-Candidate in Musicology at the then Institute for Analysis, Theory and History of Music with Prof. Dr Dieter Torkewitz at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (MDW). The thesis dealt with the symphonic work of Leonard Bernstein (“Zur Sinfonik Leonard Bernsteins – Betrachtungen zu Rezeption, Ästhetik und Komposition”). He received his PhD in 2014 (with distinction). Since 2017 he has been a Research Fellow at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna (MUK) at the Institute for Science and Research, where he is concerned with bachelor’s and master’s theses, as well as formats such as Portfolio, teaching students how to write.
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