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Global Digital Music Studies Conference

A conference in honor of
Dr. Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie
Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale, 1992−2022

UNESCO has argued that the Covid-19 crisis is a reminder “that we should nurture the socially-beneficial applications of digital technologies and focus on improving access and uses in countries where it is lacking.” Building on this and keeping true to its mission, Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) seeks to bring together researchers, educators, and librarians interested in the ways digital technologies intersect with music studies worldwide and in its broadest sense, encompassing all branches: historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, as well as popular music studies and other fields.

The conference will provide a forum for debate across the humanities, arts, and sciences to assess and address how digital music studies can be globally relevant and respond to broader questions of sustainability and resilience. The aim of the conference is to inspire new models for generating and disseminating musical knowledge with digital technologies that have the potential to engage and connect music research communities worldwide. Further, how can the educational sector benefit from technological advances and continue to use those innovations to develop new models and practices? How can digital technologies reshape and transform scholarly, creative, and pedagogical practices to make them more equitable (a long-term challenge for global communities at large)? How can digital sustainability be rethought for music studies in an age of climate crisis? What does all this mean for the development of digital libraries tailored to musicological research?

RILM welcomes contributions that build on these questions and are related to the various facets of global digital music studies. We seek contributions in the form of papers, panels, posters, and workshops that address the conference theme and address the following subjects:

  • digital innovation in and for music studies
  • digital preservation and intangible cultural heritage
  • new approaches to music archiving and information retrieval, music encodings and representations
  • computational music studies as discipline
  • digital pedagogies for music studies
  • digital music performance
  • music studies and emerging technologies such as distributed immersive environments and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • digital diversity, equity, and accessibility in the post-pandemic world
  • music studies and digital sustainability and decolonization
  • digitization problems in the global core and periphery

This conference is an in-person event and takes place at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, at 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016. Accommodations will be made for attendees and presenters not being able to travel.

The conference honors Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie’s 30 years of service to RILM, first as Editor, and from 1996 to 2022 as its Executive Director. Dr. Mackenzie has been instrumental in driving forward RILM’s mission to document the world’s knowledge on all musical traditions, and to make this knowledge accessible to research and performance communities worldwide via digital collections and advanced tools. RILM’s collections aim to include the music scholarship of all countries, in all languages, and across all disciplinary and cultural boundaries, thereby fostering research in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

Please submit a proposal, with title and an abstract of no more than 300 words, and include contact information (address, phone, and email) before 1 October 2022. Proposals for whole panels are welcome.

Tina Frühauf (TFruhauf@gc.cuny.edu)
Zdravko Blažeković (ZBlazekovic@gc.cuny.edu)