Music, Language, Thought III

Friday, October 2

Session I: 12 – 3p.m.

Maureen McLane (NYU) “Border Trouble: or, Ballad Mediality and ‘World Literature'”

Abstract: In this paper, Maureen N. McLane will explore how ballads, as both texts and tunes, have long crossed, troubled, yet also sustained multiple borders–historical, national, medial. A reckoning with balladry’s transmedial status, and with the long history of ballad scholarship in English, suggests many openings for further theoretical reflection: not least about the underexplored relations between recent discussion of “World Literature” and of “World Music.” Some specific topics: the ambiguous status of Scotland and of Scottish balladry since the 18th century; the place of Herder in recent theorizations of World Literature; “The Twa Sisters” as case study for investigations into locality and globality.

David Samuels (NYU) “Who Invented Music and Language?”

Abstract: In some recent work on language evolution, music has re-emerged as a practice notable for its explanatory power. Yet this work also recycles dichotomous models that link language to the rational and music to the emotional. In this paper I attempt to come to an understanding of a possible music-language link that moves away from syntax and cognition and toward socialization and playfulness.

Session II: 4 – 7p.m.

Carolyn Abbate (University of Pennsylvania) “Overlooking the Ephemeral”

Abstract: The talk centers on latency and ephemerality: why ephemeral phenomena are difficult to interpret, and the ways in which their traces can be recovered from recording media that accidentally preserved them; the specific examples are drawn from German silent film.

Fred Moten (Duke) “Jurisgenerative Grammar (_For Alto_)”


Silver Center of Arts and Science
100 Washington Square East
Department of Music, Room 220, 2nd Floor
Enter at Washington Place Doors
Admission free and open to the public


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2 responses to “Music, Language, Thought III

  1. Where is this being held? Looks great.

    My dissertation was on deep brain responses to musical stimuli, and I have maintained some interst in music cognition.

    My the way, was the title a paraphrase from Heidegger’s “Logic, Language and Thought”?

    • musiclanguagethought

      Hello,

      The conference is being held at the same location as previous events:

      New York University
      Silver Center of Arts and Science
      100 Washington Square East
      Department of Music, Room 220, 2nd Floor
      Enter at Washington Place Doors

      Admission is free and open to the public

      We look forward to seeing you there next week

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