John Roberts and music in Canada

Symposium 1-2 October 2015: Call for graduate student papers issued 17 October 2014

The School of Creative and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts) and the Taylor Family Digital Library are pleased to announce a call for papers for a Symposium entitled ‘John Roberts and music in Canada’. It will take place on Thursday and Friday, 1-2 October 2015 in the Rozsa Centre of the University of Calgary.

The Symposium is part of a series of events to mark the acquisition of the John Roberts fonds, housed in Special Collections of Libraries and Cultural Resources, University of Calgary. It will reflect on John Roberts’s contributions to the development of music in Canada and beyond during the second half of the twentieth century. Between 1957 and 1975, Roberts worked as a producer and served as ‘Head of CBC Radio Music’ in Toronto. Under his direction the CBC commissioned hundreds of works by Canadian composers. He was also a close friend of Glenn Gould and facilitated his transition from a concert artist to a ground breaking recording artist. Topics will include: art and identity politics; building cultural infrastructure; aesthetic choices and compositional voices at the CBC; music and electronic media; the rise of Toronto as a cultural centre; John Roberts on the international scene.

Presentations should be no longer than twenty minutes. A ten-minute question period will follow each presentation. Abstracts can be no longer than 350 words and must contain no information that could identify you or your institution. All abstracts will be evaluated anonymously and should be suitable for publication in the conference program. Proposals should be sent electronically to Regina Landwehr, Associate Archivist, Special Collections, Libraries and Cultural Resources, University of Calgary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Submissions must be received by 23:59 (MST) on Friday 5 December 2014. The chosen presenters will be notified on or before 15 January 2015.

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