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The Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology. A Progress Report Richard Parncutt Tallinn, 14 August 2007. The Problem: Fragmentation. historical. systematic. ethnological. 1600 1700 1800 1900 2000. Narrow definition of “musicology”.

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The conference on interdisciplinary musicology

The Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology

A Progress Report

Richard Parncutt

Tallinn, 14 August 2007


The problem fragmentation
The Problem: Fragmentation

historical

systematic

ethnological

1600 1700 1800 1900 2000


Narrow definition of musicology
Narrow definition of “musicology”

  • music history of Western cultural elites

  • sources: historical documents

  • associated methods and techniques

  • tradition since 19th Century


Methods and epistemologies
Methods and epistemologies

Source: Jonathan Stock , Current Musicology, 1998.


Institutionalisation of subdisciplines
Institutionalisation of subdisciplines

Usually within “musicology”:

  • music theory/analysis

  • music history

  • ethnomusicology

    Often elsewhere:

  • music acoustics

  • music psychology

  • music physiology

  • music computing

     Musicology under one roof?


Power structures in musicology
Power structures in musicology

  • Visible and invisible

    • definition of “musicology” in Grove, MGG etc.

    • use of “musicology” in conferences journals, societies

  • Humanities in 21st-Century academe

    • generally:

      • too little power (culture is important!)

    • in musicology:

      • too much power (sciences and practice are important!)


The solution integration
The solution: Integration

Unity in diversity through interdisciplinary collaboration

  • expertise and quality control

  • teamwork and collegiality

  • balance of power


Integration at cim
Integration at CIM

Promote

  • minority disciplines

    • generally: humanities

    • in musicology: sciences, musical practice

  • minority researchers

    • women

    • non-Westerners

      Aims

  • productivity: quality and quantity

  • relevance


Definitions
Definitions

“Conference”

“Discipline”

“Interdisciplinarity”

“Musicology”

“Musicologist”


Conference
“Conference”

  • interest, relevance

  • diversity, novelty

  • quality, criticism

  • enthusiasm, motivation


Discipline
“Discipline”

Category boundaries

  • fuzzy, fluid

  • top-down, bottom-up

    Interrelationships

  • hierarchies

  • networks

    Size

  • expertise takes 10 years or 10 000 hours (Ericsson)

Criteria

  • unified theme

  • methods

  • qualifications

  • experts

  • conferences, societies, journals

  • quality


Interdisciplinarity
“Interdisciplinarity”

  • continuous parameter

  • matter of expert opinion

  • distance ~ difficulty

    • epistemology

    • methodology

      quality?  collaborate!


Musicology
“Musicology”

  • all music

  • all relevant disciplines

    • humanities, (natural) sciences, practice

  • unity in diversity

  • quality  efficiency

  • social relevance


Musicologist
“Musicologist”

  • specialisation in one subdiscipline

  • acquaintance with all subdisciplines

  • interdisciplinary collaboration

    An ethnomusicologist is both ethnologist and musicologist

    A music acoustician is both musicologist and acoustician


Aims of cim
Aims of CIM

Promote musicology

  • unity in diversity

  • quality and relevance

    Promote music and culture

  • general values

  • emotion and rationality

  • interculturality: peace & productivity

  • quality of life


Methods of cim
Methods of CIM

Content

  • background

  • aims

  • synergy

  • implications

Peer review

  • expert

  • interdisciplinary

  • objective

  • anonymous

  • constructive

  • transparent


CIMs

Themes  bottom-up unification of musicology

Next abstract deadline: 30 November 2007


Problems of cim
Problems of CIM

  • definition and use of „musicology“

  • acceptance by different disciplines

  • relationship aims ↔ procedures

  • balance humanities, sciences, practice


Collegiality in interdisciplinary research teams
Collegiality in interdisciplinary research teams

  • common goals

    • research question

    • excellence

  • democracy

    • equal value and rights of team members

    • mutual respect

  • transparency

    • clear statement of aims

    • openness to evaluation

  • quality control

    • evaluation within disciplines

    • realistic appraisal of individual strengths, weaknesses

    • mutual constructive criticism


Promotion of collegiality
Promotion of collegiality

  • Examples and guidelines

    • not regulations

  • Research

    • concepts of collegiality in different subdisciplines

    • strategies to overcome differences


Acknowledgments
Acknowledgments

In Tallinn:

  • Jaan Ross

  • Kaire Maimets-Volt

  • Tarmo Pajusaar

    In Graz:

  • Manuela Marin

  • Christian Tschinkel


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