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University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz (Kunstuniversität Graz)

Call for Papers (Deadline Extended): Imperfection as an Aesthetic Idea in Music: Perspectives from Musicology and Artistic Research

Call for Papers: Deadline Extended


Imperfection as an Aesthetic Idea in Music: Perspectives from Musicology and Artistic Research, A Collaboration between Artistic Research and Music Aesthetics

Venue: University for Music and the Performing Arts, Graz, Austria (Kunstuniversität Graz)

Dates: May 6th and 7th, 2020

Languages: English and German

Application deadline: Extended, 4 November 2019

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Seth Brodsky (University of Chicago)

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Coming from the dual perspectives of artistic research and musicology, this conference aims to broaden our perspectives on how imperfection can inform our aesthetic understanding of music, historically and in current practice.  We are especially interested in the aesthetic implications of musical imperfection from two contrasting points of view: 1) imperfection as a manifest goal of music and musical practice, and 2) imperfection that occurs primarily by accident, but nevertheless has aesthetic significance.  Some possible themes include, but are not at all limited to:


Imperfection as a compositional goal or effect

Imperfection as a goal or effect of improvisation

Imperfection as a goal or effect of performance

Imperfection as an aesthetic attitude or ideology

Imperfection in amateur musical practice (composing, performing, listening)

Imperfection and corporeal aspects of music and music-making (i.e., voices and approaches to instruments)

Imperfection in recorded music, electronic music, and electroacoustic music

Imperfection and chance

Imperfection and the glitch

Critiques of an aesthetic of imperfection (gender studies approaches, disability studies, posthumanist approaches, etc.)


The languages of the conference are English and German; artistic research presentations will be granted a total of thirty minutes, and more strictly musicological papers will be twenty minutes in length.


Application Instructions:

To be considered as a contributor in musicology or related disciplines:

Please send an application email including your personal contact information and the title of your paper. To this email please attach an abstract of no more than 350 words (using the title but no personal information). Please submit all application materials to Maria Klinger: maria.klinger -at-


For instructions on how to be considered as a contributor in artistic research, please contact Jennifer Ronyak at Jennifer.ronyak  -at-


We look forward to your submissions.


Dr. Jennifer Ronyak, Prof. Dr. Andreas Dorschel, Márcio André Silva Steuernagel

Advisor to the Conference Committee: Prof. Deniz Peters


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