Call for Papers: Revolution Through Music and Film Symposium

Proposals are invited for a two-day symposium at Edge Hill University on 8th-9th November 2017

The 1917 ‘October’ Revolution in Russia precipitated a wave of revolutions. Disillusionment with prevailing political, social and artistic structures in the aftermath of the First World War and the wake of these Revolutions led to a redefinition of musical, artistic and moving image forms in service to new utopian ideals sweeping throughout Europe. This was manifest in the compositional and theosophical experiments of composers such as Alexander Scriabin and the political underpinnings of art movements such as Constructivism . Cinema, arguably still in its infancy, was to become one of the preeminent tools of propaganda in service to the utopian ideals of the newly established Soviet state, with filmmakers such as Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov creating radically inventive films. The legacy of these revolutions and their intimate connection to music, art and film can still be felt to today.

To mark the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, Edge Hill University would like to invite a call for papers on any aspect of film and music that interrogates the relationship between film, music and the Russian Revolution and the legacy that it engendered.

Areas of interest might include by are not limited to:

  • Film Music and Revolution
  • Film and Revolution
  • Animation and Revolution
  • Interdisciplinary practice and Revolution
  • Music/film and technical revolution
  • Film/music as propaganda
  • Film/music as resistance
  • Early Film and revolution
  • Constructivist Music and Revolution
  • The spiritual and revolution
  • Transcendence and film/music

Edge Hill University will welcome Edward Artemiev, Russian pioneer of electronic music and longtime collaborator of filmmaker Andrew Tarkovsky, and internationally acclaimed Russian composer Yuri Kasparov for a roundtable discussion.

There will also be a series of film screenings and a concert of contemporary Russian music featuring chamber works by Yuri Kasparov and electronic works by Edward Artemiev, in addition to compositions by Russian composers of the last 100 years such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Galina Ustvolskaya and Edison Denisov.

Speakers are invited to submit a 250 word abstract for a twenty-minute conference paper and short biography to both Dr. Aimee Mollaghan ( and Prof. Steve Davismoon (

The deadline for proposals is 6th October 2017. The performances, screenings and symposium are all free to attend but will be ticketed.

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