The Orpheus Doctoral Conference 2018 Dissolving Borders: Musical Migration / Migratory Musicking took place at the Orpheus Institute 18 - 19 April and was a great success. There were nine presentations and two keynote speakers: Prof. Dr. Jin-Ah Kim and Jordi Savall.
As part of the curriculum, the docARTES students (second year) are given the opportunity to organise a small-scale conference to take place at the Orpheus Institute. Doctoral students worldwide are encouraged to submit proposals through an open call for papers. The conference itself serves to deepen and broaden specific research topics linked to the students’ practice, to disseminate recent findings, to keep track of developments in specific research fields, and to build and maintain a network of peers.
It was an honour to welcome Jordi Savall at the Orpheus Institute!
Music, and the arts in general, has always been a source of inspiration in times of crisis; it establishes rapport between peoples and cultures and serves as a laboratory for the creation and expression of cultural values. Dissolving Borders invited proposals that will investigate and problematize how musicians create political spaces that transcend demarcated space and culture, on scales both global and local, macro and micro. We seek work that engages with the complex realities of inter-cultural contact, including issues of migration, communication, integration, acceptance, and symbiosis. As the world experiences radical displacement during an era of unprecedented enforcement of borders, we seek earnest engagements with the vibrant history of music’s entanglement with these issues. Looking to past musics, musicians, and scholarship, we encourage imaginations of music’s current and future role as a cultural and political agent.