cfp: “Our music, our world: wind bands and local social life”

Reminder: “Our music, our world: wind bands and local social life”

Deadline for submissions: May 30th, 2019

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Our music, our world: wind bands and local social life

International conference
October 10th-12th, 2019

Hosted and organized by the University of Aveiro and INET-md (Portugal) and co-organized by the International Society for the Promotion and Research of Wind Music (IGEB)

The research team project “Our music, our world: Musical associations, wind bands, and local communities (1880-2018)” is pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the International conference Our music, our world: wind bands and local social life, to be held in Aveiro, at the Departamento de Comunicação e Arte da Universidade de Aveiro, from the 10th to 12th of October 2019.
Wind bands of mixed woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments represent, today, a musical phenomenon that has spread far beyond the “western” culture. The cultural, economic and social changes brought by the impact of the French Revolution and the militarization, colonization, and missionary work helped to spread wind band traditions, while technological innovations and mass manufacturing made the instrumentation more accessible to amateur musicians all over the world (Herbert 2000, Reily and Brucher 2013). The portability of wind and percussion instruments, combined with the legacy of their use in military, governmental and church rituals, made bands especially adaptable to widely different performing contexts, shaping and reshaping local sound landscapes. In Portugal, wind bands conquered an expressive relevance in the context of musical collectivities/recreational societies that appeared with the 19th century liberal movements and flourished with the emergence of the public sphere around the 1880s (Pestana 2014), comprising thousands of individuals in musical practice. With this conference, we aim to discuss the contribution of wind bands to the artistic, educational, and professional musical life; the weaving of communities (whether stable, fluid or fragmented) and of identities, constructing public spaces and reshaping the local soundscape; the historical individual’s and institutional contributions.

In order to comprehended the plurality of actors, musical practices and social contexts that emerge around the wind bands, we invite researchers to submit proposals within the following themes:

Musicians, conductors, and composers
Community wind bands, local communities and identity
Military wind bands
Repertoires, ensembles and instruments
Systems of learning and playing music
Cultural policies
Local, national and transnational cases

In addition to the above themes, we also welcome proposals exploring other aspects of wind band’s music, musicians and contexts.

We welcome abstracts, in Portuguese, English or Spanish, of no more than 350 words for: Paper presentations (max. length 20 minutes): submissions should be accompanied by a short curriculum (approx. 100 words) of the presenter, and include 3-5 keywords Pre-formed Panels: please submit a general abstract and individual abstract for each named speaker, and a short curriculum of each of the presenters, and include 3-5 keywords. Panels should last 1 hour and 30 minutes, including discussion.

Abstracts should be submitted via easychair:

Please note if you have not previously entered a submission, you are required to register with EasyChair.
A short curriculum of each of the presenters should be submitted via email to:
If you would like to ask any questions regarding your submission please contact Rosário Pestana at

The submission deadline for paper presentations, and panels, is May 30th, 2019.

Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel, and presenters will be advised as to their acceptance or otherwise by the beginning of May, 2019.
The deadline for the submission of proceedings articles (accepted authors only) is November 15th, 2019.

Programme Committee:
André Granjo
António Seixas
Bruno Madureira
Damien Sagrillo
Helena Milheiro
Katherine Brucher
Margarida Cardoso
Maria do Rosário Pestana
Keynote Speakers:
Graça Mota – INET-md/IPP, Portugal
Suzel Reily – Universidade de Campinas, Brazil
Trevor Herbert – The Open University, United Kingdom
Scientific Committe:
Achim Hofer
Beatrix Darmstaedter
Damien Sagrillo
David Gasche
Gloria A. Rodríguez Lorenzo
Graça Mota
Katherine Brucher
Keith Kinder
Leon J. Bly
Luís Cardoso
Manfred Heidler
Manuel Deniz Silva
Nicolás Rincón
Paul Niemisto
Pedro Marquês de Sousa
Rui Bessa
Suzel Reily
Trevor Herbert