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CFP: Poetry and Music (Malta) (3/15/06; 7/24-28/06)

POETRY and MUSIC
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       Crossing boundaries of genres and nations

Chair: Franziska Ruprecht

The purpose of this workshop is to explore performances that combine poetry with music and their impact on the European and global mind.

The Spoken Word movement stems from diverse ancient roots.  Today, spoken word is performed on countless American stages, and it is vivid in the underground art scene of many European and international cities.  In contrast to a conventional poetry reading, the performance is as important as the text. Especially in the last ten years, performance poets built up on the performativity of language and now collaborate with musicians.
This is generally called "Spoken word music", a term yet largely undefined: Is this a new musical genre?  Does spoken word music refuse categorization?  Is it an idealistic movement, or a marketing tool that promotes poets? What is the relation of these artistsī collaborations to contemporary history? What is their impact on a world growing smaller every day?
     What are reasons for the combination of poetry with music? What are examples? Electronic music, hip hop, jazz: The choices made by poets depend on the tastes of their time and culture. The art projects seem individual and unique, still many influences are based in America. Do the spoken word artists refuse cultural dictatorship and mass production?
  Not only neurologists call music an international language.  Is spoken word music an emotional or intellectual experience, or both? Can it dissolve national borders? Does it rather cherish the national literary styles so selfishly that people who cannot understand the language cannot grasp the spoken word music of another country? The advantages of European identity relate tot his question - but what are the chances and duties of artists in Europe?
    The workshop is designed to place collaborations of poetry with music in contemporary European and international culture, and to promote exchange of art and artists. This workshop encourages live performances, performances on media during the academic presentations, and invites to take part in a performance event in the evening after the workshop.
   Papers presented at the workshop form the basis of an edited book collection. Contributors will be asked to present original work. Given the parameters established by ISSEI, the workshop paper is likely to be shorter than the final draft submitted for publication. Those interested in the workshop and its more extensive purpose should submit an abstract of no more than 250 words to the workshop chair.

Franziska Ruprecht
Junior Year in Munich at
Ludwig Maximilians University Munich
Germany
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