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Future Perspectives of Music Research in Higher Education


Teniswood-Harvey, A, Future Perspectives of Music Research in Higher Education, Intercongressional Symposium Agency and Identity in Music, 7-10 July, Lucerne, Switzerland, pp. 19. (2019) [Plenary Presentation]

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Contemporary academic music research is characterised by a plethora of theoretical principles and methodological approaches, that are very rarely interconnected, and often lack inter- and/or transdisciplinary partnership and exchange. Hence, the profile of current music research appears as both highly fragmented, and as being shaped by a persistent silo mentality, that diffuses perilous effects, of which the most obvious are budget and staff cuts, whilst exacerbating public perception as a hopelessly elitist, exclusive, and-for the most part-socially irrelevant scientific enterprise.

Accelerated technological progress, and the dominance of the notion of cost-benefit analysis as it relates to much of society, and of public spending, lead to a rise in the scepticism toward the Humanities in general. Numerous parties do not see any particular benefit to the economy in all Humanities subjects, and then proceed to relate this to their being no value to society in general, particularly when related to such "luxury" or "exotic" subjects as music history, music psychology, sound studies, and so on.

The roundtable entitled ォCurrent Challenges and Future Perspectives of Music Research in Higher Educationサ and generously sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation addresses these, and other, challenges to music scholarship. The round table format provides末for the first time ever末the platform for an intellectual and sustainable encounter of scholars from various sub-disciplines of music research, including traditional, postmodern, and empirical musicology, as well as ethnomusicology, music philosophy, music performance studies, music education studies, music iconography, sound studies, cultural studies, and action and artistic research.

The roundtable participants are invited to focus on a topic of their expertise, and not to feel obliged to give a comprehensive statement. The participants represent various cultural and academic traditions, and different branches of current music research, as broad and diverse as possible, in order to activate an in-depth and comprehensive examination, as well as to facilitate, an interdisciplinary and/or transdisciplinary response to questions that are essential to music research in higher education in general terms.

Item Details

Item Type:Plenary Presentation
Keywords:future, music research, higher education
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Music
Research Field:Music performance
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Teniswood-Harvey, A (Dr Arabella Teniswood-Harvey)
ID Code:134730
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2019-08-30
Last Modified:2019-09-04

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