Posted on 06/07/2017
Royal Holloway's Professor Tina K. Ramnarine will be delivering a keynote address at a major international conference on music and democracy.
The conference, Finding Democracy in Music – A Symposium, will be held at the University of Huddersfield, 4-5 September 2017.
The organisers describe the conference like this:
"For a century and more musicians have sought to relate their practice to the values of democracy. [...] But what is meant by democracy in such instances? [...] This symposium aims to interrogate claims for the ‘democratic’ nature of music. We ask: What ideas of democracy are assumed by different musicians and musical practices? To what extent do discourses ascribing democratic attributes to music map onto the realities of music-making? What are the shortcomings as well as the gains, in terms of freedom and equality, of particular democratic arrangements? What can musical democracy have to teach us about democracy in the political field? Our symposium brings together specialists from eight countries to examine these questions in relation to the widest range of musical genres from the past century."
Professor Ramnarine's talk has the title, '“Unsocial Sociability”: Orchestras and Democratic Politics in Finland post-1917'.
For more on the conference, or to organise attending, please see the official website here.