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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  • sources: historical documents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
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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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