Biennial Symposia on Music History

The symposium takes place every other year, gathering together leading music historians from all over the globe. The number of presentations in the event is roughly 40 to 50, with the majority of speakers coming from abroad and from all continents. 

Two books based on symposium presentations have already been published by British academic publishers (De-canonizing Music History, ed. Kurkela & Väkevä, Cambridge Scholars Press 2009; Critical Music Historiography, ed. Kurkela & Mantere, Routledge 2015). A third one, Music History and Cosmopolitanism, ed. Belina & Kilpiö & Scott will be published by Routledge in 2019.

Sibelius Academy’s history symposium has firmly established itself as one of the most appreciated music history events and receives a large quantity of presentation proposals. The next event will be held in June 2020 with thematic emphasis on networks, under the title Agents and Actors: Networks in Music History.

The symposium is an excellent opportunity to showcase Finnish music history research to esteemed foreign experts, while Finnish researchers and post-graduate students get to hear about the most recent research results and fresh theoretical perspectives.

Symposium Series

Agents and Actors Networks in Music History
(June 2020)

Institutionalization in Music History

(June 2018)

Music History and Cospolitanism

(June 2016)

Confronting the National in the Musical Past

(May 2014) 

Radical Music History Symposium 
(December 2011)

De-canonizing Music History
(November 2007)