[SydPhil] Final Reminder: Gadamer, Music, and Philosophical Hermeneutics - Call for Chapters

Samuel McAuliffe samuel.mcauliffe at monash.edu
Mon Mar 7 17:44:50 AEDT 2022

Dear Colleagues and scholars working on hermeneutics and/or music,

A friendly reminder about the following call for chapters:

I am currently seeking chapter proposals for a volume with the working title Gadamer, Music, and Philosophical Hermeneutics for submission to Springer as part of the Contributions to Hermeneutics <https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/CV_HCD1vlpT5EgZjOHWtp68?domain=springer.com> series edited by Jeff Malpas and Claude Romano. I am in contact with the editors and they have expressed interest in publishing the volume, subject to positive review, of course.

A brief, preliminary project overview is as follows:
Philosophical hermeneutics is one of the most far-reaching philosophical disciplines of contemporary European thought, and yet, aside from a handful of a texts (Benson, 2003, 2006, 2019; Kramer, 2010; McAuliffe (forthcoming); Nielsen, 2015, 2016; Savage, 2009) it has received little attention from scholars concerned with music. The goal of this volume is to demonstrate how, principal founder of philosophical hermeneutics, Hans-Georg Gadamer’s thought can address and provide insight into contemporary issues and challenges in music. Further, given the way in which Gadamer himself develops his hermeneutics from a consideration of aesthetics, and the way in which recent commentary has noted the dialogical relationship between music and hermeneutics, this volume is also interested in uncovering ways in which a consideration of music can provide insight into the hermeneutical.

While all proposals pitching an original Gadamerian perspective on music are welcome, priority will be given to proposals that take up ideas from both music and Gadamer’s philosophy to address fundamental ontological questions of relevance to contemporary issues facing both music and philosophical scholarship.

Status of proposal: I am in discussion with the editors of the Contributions to Hermeneutics series, and I will send the book proposal to them for review after reviewing proposals and shaping the structure of the book.

Email your proposal to sam.mcauliffe at monash.edu <mailto:sam.mcauliffe at monash.edu> by 13 March 2022. Proposals should be approximately 1 page, including chapter title, abstract (1-2 paragraphs), proposed word count (typically 5,000-8,000 words), and short bio.

Full draft chapters due: late September 2022, actual date & timeline TBC.   

*Please feel free to distribute this among your interested colleagues and networks - I am seeking chapters by philosophers, musicians, music educators, musicologists, and other researchers who draw on Gadamer’s thought.

Warm regards,

Dr Sam McAuliffe
Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music
Monash University

M: 0481 218 525
E: samuel.mcauliffe at monash.edu

Recent Publications:
McAuliffe, Sam. “Beyond the Performer: Gadamer, Pareyson, and the Hermeneutics of Improvised Musical Performance.” Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology, (forthcoming).
McAuliffe, Sam. “The Inseparability Between Player(s) and Artwork in Improvised Musical Performance.” Critical Studies in Improvisation / Études critiques en improvisation, (forthcoming 2022).
McAuliffe, Sam, and Jeff Malpas. “Improvising the Round Dance of Being: Reading Heidegger from a Musical Perspective.” In Heidegger and Music, edited by Casey Rentmeester and Jeff R. Warren. Rowman and Littlefield, 2022.
McAuliffe, Sam. "Improvisation as Original Ethics: Exploring the Ethical in Heidegger and Gadamer from a Musical Perspective.” Journal of Applied Hermeneutics. (2021): 1-15.
McAuliffe, Sam. “Defending the ‘Improvisation as Conversation’ Model of Improvised Musical Performance.” Jazz Perspectives 13, no. 1 (2021): 1-13.
McAuliffe, Sam. “The Horizonal Field of Improvised Musical Performance.” Journal of Aesthetic Education 55, no. 2 (2021): 78-95.

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