Interdisciplinary Conference of mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
isaScience is mdw's international conference for interdisciplinary research on music and performing arts. We invite scholars, artists, and activists from various disciplinary and cultural backgrounds and academic levels to join our scholarly discourse(s) on isa's annual thematic focus. Since 2013 isaScience is part of isa, the international summer academy of mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria. From 2013 to 2017 Ursula Hemetek and Cornelia Szabó-Knotik organised the conference program.
Conference date: 7-11 August 2019
Conference venue: Hotel Marienhof, Hauptstraße 71-73, 2651 Reichenau an der Rax, Austria
Department of Music, Dartmouth College (USA)
Music Business Management, Westminster School of Arts (UK)
Rumya S. Putcha
Department of Performance Studies, Texas A&M University (USA)
Department of History, California State University Long Beach (USA)
Call for Papers 2019
Music as Labour
The history of music as labour and music labour markets in particular is characterised by manifold processes of institutionalisation, globalisation, digitalisation and collaborations. From the mid-nineteenth century onwards, these processes have steadily increased, involving a range of different actors and institutions such as the music and media industries, music conservatories or community music initiatives that are guided by distinct conventions and shared beliefs (“art worlds”) as well as by frequently conflicting (economic) interests that have also resulted in resistance and power struggles as well as divergent practices. The “production of culture” perspective has been helpful to study these processes with respect to the changing roles of professions and educational institutions, to gatekeepers and to mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion.
However, the history of music as labour is also shaped by stark social inequalities based on gender, sexuality, race, class or dis/ability. Subsequently, numerous initiatives such as “Help Musicians UK”, #MeToo or “We Have Voice” have been initiated, fighting discrimination and misconduct and aiming to bring about social change in music labour markets and in broader society. Nonetheless, music remains key for human interactions, often carrying traits of emotional and affective labour. The “affective turn” has drawn attention to the significance of emotions, affect and the body vital for our understanding of music as social and cultural phenomena. In this respect, music can act as e.g. “labour of love”, a technology of identity or enactment of emotion and care, always relying on the human body and its gendered, sexualised and racialized concepts of corporeality.
The conference seeks to address the following three thematic streams and welcomes proposals from any perspective, using any methodology and addressing any kind of music and dance, including the spheres of film and theatre. Topic proposals include but are not limited to:
Music Labour Markets
- Institutionalisation of musical labour (e.g. laws and regulations; funding; professions; gatekeepers; musicians’ unions; entrepreneurship; etc.)
- Labour migration/mobility of musicians
- Music competitions and casting shows in the context of neoliberal changes in society
- Music education and class in institutionalised settings
- Labouring in the do-it-yourself music industry
- Tourism-induced commercialisation of music (e.g. traditional music and dance as paid labour)
- Non-commercial musical labour and community music
Power Struggles & Political Activism
- Gendered, racialized and age-related concepts of musical labour
- Political struggles against precarious working conditions of musicians (e.g. strikes)
- Queer practices of musical labour
- Feminist*queer activism fighting gender inequalities, sexual harassment and racism in the music industry (e.g. #MeToo, “We Have Voice”)
- Musical labour in post-colonial contexts
- Refugees, migration, diaspora and musical labour
Emotional & Affective Musical Labour
- Music as “labour of love”
- Musicians as mood managers
- Musical labour, sexual availability and sex work
- Enactments of anger and rebellion in musical performance
- Corporeality and the embodiment of gender, sexuality and race in musical labour
- Music as care work (e.g. mourning rituals)
- Occupational hazards in dancers and for musicians
Abstracts should include (theoretical) background, conceptualisations, methodology and show reference to the conference topic. Please also include a “key word” line.
Please submit your abstracts (max. 300 words) for papers and panels as well as workshops and innovative formats, and a short biography (max. 100 words) and institutional affiliation, in English language until 17 March 2019 to .
Decisions on the acceptance of your proposal will be announced by mid-April 2019.
Marienhof Photo: Stephan Polzer
isaScience Team (l. to r.): Fritz Trümpi, Rosa Reitsamer, Marko Kölbl, Dagmar Abfalter Photo: isaScience Team
isaScience Team 2018, Dagmar Abfalter, Marko Kölbl, Rosa Reitsamer, Fritz Trümpi with Rector Ulrike Sych, Artistic Director of isa Johannes Meissl, and Therese Kaufmann (Research Support) Photo: Julia Kordina
isaScience Book of Abstracts 2018
Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch
Opening by Rector Mag.a Ulrike Sych, isaScience 2018. Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch
Chair: ao.Univ.-Prof.in Dr.in phil. Ursula Hemetek Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch
Chair: ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr.in Cornelia Szabó-Knotik Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch
In discussion (l. to r.): Marko Kölbl, Deborah Wong, Ursula Hemetek Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch
In discussion Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch
Keynote: David Hesmondhalgh Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch
Keynote: Marsha Siefert Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch
Keynote: Deborah Wong Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch
Panel exil.arte, ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Gerold Gruber. Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch
Chair: Deborah Wong Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch
Panelists Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch
Last day at Schloss Reichenau Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch
Our technician Robert Hofmann Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch
View from Marienhof Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch
View from the Loos Haus Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch
View from the Loos Haus Photo: Ferdinand Raditsch
CfP isaScience 2019
Extended Deadline 31 March 2019!
Participation in all events of isaScience is open to the public.
For organisational reasons, registration is obligatory.
For a fee waiver please contact the coordination office!
The mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna will cover lunch and coffee breaks. A shuttle service from the train station at Reichenau/Rax to the conference venue will be available free of charge.
Complimentary funding will be available to students and scholars in academic precarity after acceptance of the proposal.
Please email your completed application form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please download the hotel list here: List of recommended hotels
Don't hestitate to contact us for any questions or further information!
mdw - University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Anton-von-Webern Platz 1
1030 Vienna, Austria
Coordination: Karoline Feyertag
Cell phone: +43 664 88790872
isaScience since 2013
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How to get to the isaScience 2019?
- by train from Vienna Central Station (Hauptbahnhof Wien): Trains serve approx. every 30 minutes the destination of Payerbach-Reichenau, travelling time is approx. 1 hour; find your train and ticket here: ÖBB Austrian Railways
- by car: Highway S6 (arriving from Vienna on the highway A2 or from Graz on the highway A9), take the exit n°17 - Gloggnitz, direction Gloggnitz, then on B27 to Reichenau/Rax
- by airplane arriving at Vienna International Airport: Trains run from VIE airport to Vienna Central Station or Wiener Neustadt where you have to change the train for Payerbach-Reichenau
The train station for reaching Reichenau/Rax is in Payerbach, both villages ar next to each other and our shuttle busses will connect Payerbach and Reichenau!