Call for Papers: Song as a form of human communication I 24th-25th March 2012

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A Research Conference of Runosong Academy
Kuhmo, Finland

First seminar in the series has two subthemes and one workshop:
What kind of living OS-traditions can be found in different parts of Europe? Presentations from North-East Europe and from Celtic cultures, and others.

Methodological questions; what is essential in orality? How should we study it? How does song and singing research differ from music research in general? What are the relevant concepts of song research? Is song research (or should it be) an independent discipline? How do we study the influence and encounter of singing styles and cultures?

Workshop of Northern Singing traditions; Jarkko Niemi and Marko Jouste. In the workshop will be heard examples of different recordings, comparison and discussion about the methods and material.

Under these themes there will be two keynotes presentations (one on both subthemes).

Scholars are invited to submit proposals for papers to be presented at the seminar. Paper presentations should be 20–30 minutes in length and reflect on one of the seminar's subthemes. The presentations can be held in one of three languages: Finnish, English or Russian. Simultaneous translation will be available for each presentation in the other two languages.

The proposals for papers should be sent to Janne Seppänen (janne.seppanen[at]runolaulu.fi) and Pekka Huttu-Hiltunen (pekka.huttu-hiltunen[at]runolaulu.fi), no later than 31st January 2012.

Please provide following information in your proposal: name, affiliation or background information, a 200-word abstract, postal address, e-mail address, and list of technical equipment required for the presentation.

Proposals will be selected by February 15th 2012. Selected papers will later be published in the Runosong Academy seminar publication series.

The seminar is organized by Runosong Academy/ Juminkeko Foundation in collaboration with the University of Tampere, Sibelius Academy Folk music department and Petrozavodsk State Conservatory.