Public Research Seminar: Robert Adlington (University of Huddersfield)
Public Research Seminar Series
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - Workshop 2
200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR
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On the undemocratic – in music, and elsewhere
Since the Brexit referendum, the word ‘undemocratic’ has gained new prominence as a means to criticise the stance of political opponents. But what is meant by it? An analysis of the use of this word in current British political debate points to a truth long argued by political theorists: that democracy is an intrinsically contested category. Robert Adlington's paper pursues the consequence of this thought for musical practices that have been envisaged in both ‘democratic’ and ‘undemocratic’ terms.
Robert Adlington holds the Queen’s Anniversary Prize Chair in Contemporary Music at the University of Huddersfield. He has written books on the composers Harrison Birtwistle and Louis Andriessen, and on avant-garde music in 1960s Amsterdam, and published articles and book chapters on Luigi Nono, Luciano Berio, new music theatre, musical modernism, and musical temporality, amongst other subjects.