Call for Papers | Symposium on the Music of Carnival
02.10.2021 | online
We invite abstracts for presentations at a Symposium on carnival music to be held virtually October 2, 2021, and hosted by the Instituto de Etnomusicologia at Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal) and Ryerson University (Canada). 2021 may be exceptional as a year without the annual carnival in many parts of the world, and this absence can invite us to reflect on the roles, meanings, and functions of music associated with the carnival traditions. We are honored to be joined for this event by keynote speaker, Prof. Gage Averill of the University of British Columbia (Canada), and our special musical guest: percussionist, bloco leader, and music educator Thaís Bezerra of Rio de Janeiro.
We are especially interested in work that focuses on carnival celebrations or that uses theoretical themes arising from carnival to probe other celebratory events and musical forms. Likewise, we invite ethnographic, historical, and theoretical work that examines what practitioners understand to be "carnival music" or that explores the broader acoustic experiences of carnival events. The aim is that participants in the Symposium will gain new perspectives on the convergences, parallels, divergences, and local particularities of the diverse manifestations of the carnival traditions around the world and the vital roles music plays in mobilizing and animating the festivities.