Report of 6th MaM meeting, Dijon, France, July, 2014

After previous annual conferences in Amsterdam, Berlin, Lisbon, Turin and Ottawa, the IMS study group “Music and Media” (MaM) organized a two day conference in Dijon, France, in collaboration with the Université de Bourgogne and Université de Rennes 2. Via an open call, academics, practitioners and postgraduate students were invited to submit papers and/or panel proposals on the following areas of interest, including (but not limited to):

-Rewriting music for film;
-Early French cinema (productions in Épinay-sur-Seine a.o.);
-Film noir;
-Jazz as soundtrack;
-Methodologies for the study of film soundtracks.

Proposals in both English and French were welcomed.

The conference took place on July 1 and 2 in the Amphithéâtre Scelle of the University of Burgundy. Seven sessions were programmed around the following topics: Voicing / Rewriting; Jazz as Soundtrack; Mediated Images and the Language of Music; From Ads to Opera; Mediated Music for Younger Audiences; Alternative Scenes; On the Dark Side: (Neo-)Noir and Horror. Next to panel discussions, twenty papers were presented by scholars from eight countries in Europe and North America.

Dr. Philippe Gonin delivered a key note talk entitled ‘Jazz et cinéma ou les représentations de noirs et du jazz dans les films promotionnels et les cartoons des années 1930. Points et contrepoints’.

The program committee of the 6th annual meeting of the Study Group was formed by James Deaville (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada), Laurence Le Diagon-Jacquin (Université de Rennes 2, Université de Bourgogne), Michael Saffle (Virginia Tech, Blacksburg) and Emile Wennekes (Utrecht University).

The 2015 MaM meeting will take place in Vienna (November 25-28), in collaboration with the Institute for Analysis, Theory and History of Music (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna). The theme of this joint conference will be ‘War of Media – Media of War:
 The Importance of Music and Media for Propaganda in Times of Change’.

Prof. Dr. Emile Wennekes, Chair MaM


Call for Papers


The Institute for Analysis, Theory and History of Music (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna), in cooperation with the Music and Media Study Group (MaM) of the International Musicological Society, will hold an international conference from 25-28 November, 2015 in Vienna on the topic of

War of Media – Media of War:
The Importance of Music and Media for Propaganda in
Times of Change

With respect to the “outbreak” of World War I exhibitions in the wake of commemorative activities, as well as to related research projects, this conference will focus on the diverse roles and functions of arts and media in the contexts of propaganda, both in affirmative and in a critical sense. Following those kinds of approach, the aim of the conference is to encourage a general discussion of the manifold correlations and interdependencies in times of war and revolution.

Topics for case studies may cover all historical periods and all places, with priority given to the effects of modern mass media (print and electronic). Participants may wish to reflect upon war in terms of the arts and in different types of media, war-euphoria and pacifism relating to conceptions of artistic production, and images and social positions of arts and media dealing with war-issues or the relation between ideologies of progress and/or innovation in the context of socio-political systems upturned.

Please submit proposals together with short abstracts (max 300 words) and short cvs (max. one page) by
26 March, 2015 to Cornelia Szabó-Knotik,, or to
Professor Emile Wennekes, University of Utrecht,

For additional information, contact the:
Institute for Analysis, Theory and History of Music
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Anton von Webern-Platz 1, A-1030 Vienna

Planning and organization:
Cornelia Szabó-Knotik
Christian Glanz (for IATGM)
Emile Wennekes and Michael Saffle (for MaM)


2012: Università di Torino / University of Turin, Italy.

Local host for this conference was Prof. Dr. Luisa Zanoncelli. The program committee was composed of Gianmario Borio (Università di Pavia), James Deaville (Carleton University), Anahid Kassabian (University of Liverpool), Michael Saffle (Virginia Tech), Emile Wennekes (Utrecht University) and Luisa Zanoncelli (Università di Torino). Following an international Call for Papers, the committee selected the proposals of 32 scholars from Europe, North-America and Asia for presentation. Prof.Dr. Claudia Gorbman delivered a well-received keynote. Some 60 scholars attended the two day gathering, which included a leisurely finale in the form of a guided tour through the fascinating Museo Nazionale del Cinema.

June 28:
Words of Welcome:
Enrico Maltese (Dipartimento StudiUm);
Giulia Carluucio (scuola di Dottorato di Ricerca);
Emile Wennekes.

Session 1: Chair: Emile Wennekes
Annarita Colturato (University of Turin), “The Research Project Cabiria”;
Scott Murphy (University of Kansas), “What does film music sound like?”;
Guido Heldt (Univeristy of Bristol), “The Song Inside: Metadiegetic Music or Focalisation?”.
Danijel Kulezic-Wilson (University College Cork), “Films without Melodies: Audio-Visual Musique Concrète”;
Michael Baumgartner (Cleveland State University), “Complementary Model for the study of Film SOundtracks: Jean-Luc Godard and Film Music”;
Ilario Meandri Sanchez (University of Turin): From the Marvelous to the Anti-Music: Film Music Clichés and Formulas in an Ethnomusicology Perspective”.

Session 2: Chair: James Deaville
Giorgio Biancorosso (University of Hong Kong), “Memory and the ‘Leitmotif’ in Cinema”;
Kenneth Delong (Univeristy of Calgary), “Narrativity and Voice in Georges Auric’s Film Score to Goodbye Again”;
Tobias Pontara (Uppsala University), “Bach at the Space Station: An Attempt to Mind the Gap in Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris”.
Ben Winters (The Open University UK), Rehearsing Classical Hollywood: Concert Scenes and the Self-Referential Score”;
Marco Targa (University of Turin), “Reconstructing the Sound of Silent Cinema: New Documents for the Study of Music in Italian Silent Films”;
Gillian Anderson (University of Illinois), “D.W.Griffith’s Intolerance: Revisiting a Reconstructed Text”.

June 29
Session 3: Chair: Anahid Kassabian
Tobias Plebuch (Humboldt University), “Musical Topics, Time and Narrative Films in the 1920s”;
Laura Wilson (University of Manchester), “Sound, Anxiety and Affect in The New Extremism”;
Janina Müller (Humboldt University), “Music and Nostalgia in Film Noir”;
Susanne Scheiblhofer (University of Oregon), “Sonic Consciences and Toxic Tonics: Masculinities in Crisis in Tim Roth’s The War Zone”;
Hon-Lun Helan Yang (Hong Kong Baptist University), “’Heard Melodies’ and Womanhood: Cover Songs in Cantonese Movies of the 1960s”.

Keynote: Claudia Gorbman (University of Washington Tacoma), “Music and Character”.

Session 4: Chair: Michael Saffle
Mauro Buzzi (Catholic University Milan), “The Role of Pop Song as Social and Technological Device in Italian Cinema of the 1950s and 1960s”;
Alessandro Cecchi (University of Turin)/Maurizio Corbella (University of Milan), “Experimentation, Documentation, Censorship: A Joris Iven’s Industrial Film and the Italian National Broadcasting Television”;
Alessandro Bratus (University of Pavia), “ ‘Sharia Law in the U.S.A.’: Audiovisual Representation of Authenticity in Taqwacore”;
Rubén López-Cano (High School of Music Catalonia)/ Úrsula San Cristóbal (University of Milan), “’Ars video’: The Short Music Video in Early and Classical Music”.