A Conference in Memory of Peter Kivy

Emeritus faculty. Peter KivyA Conference in Memory of Peter Kivy (1934-2017) 

Over the course of his 49 year career (48 years of which were spent at Rutgers), Peter established himself as a giant in the field of aesthetics, especially in the philosophy of music. Sadly, Peter passed away in 2017.  To honor his memory, the Rutgers Philosophy Department is hosting a one-day conference on October 26, 2018, celebrating his life's philosophical work.

The Conference will include talks by Christy Mag Uidhir (Houston), Jenefer Robinson (Cincinnati), Jerrold Levinson  (Maryland), and David Davies (McGill).  In addition, Aaron Meskin (Leeds) will introduce and read Peter Kivy's unpublished 'The Case of (Digital) Wagner.' Finally, there will be a time set aside for remembrances from Peter's friends and colleagues.

All are welcome to attend the conference. There is no registration fee; however, attendees are encouraged to pre-register (so that we have an accurate headcount for the lunch and reception). To pre-register, please email us at kivymemorial@philosophy.rutgers.edu

Conference Schedule:

All events will take place at the Teleconference Room on the 4th Floor of Alexander Library (169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ)


Welcome with coffee & light refreshments

Morning Session:

'How Philosophies of Arts Made All the Difference'
Christy Mag Uidhir (University of Houston)

'Music Alone or Music Together?'
Jenefer Robinson (University of Cincinnati)

'In Defense of "Authentic Performance":  Adjust Your Ears, Not the Music'
Jerrold Levinson (University of Maryland)

Lunch Break 1:10pm-2:00pm Catered Lunch (in atrium outside the Teleconference Room)

Afternoon Session:

‘The Case of (Digital) Wagner’
Written by Peter Kivy, introduced and read by Aaron Meskin (University of Leeds)

‘The Performability, Appreciation and Existence of the Musical Work: Reflections on Kivy’s ‘Digital Wagner’’
David Davies (McGill University)

Coffee Break 3:40pm-4:00pm  

Remarks and slide show put together by Joan C. Pearlman (Peter's wife); Remembrances (invited and from the floor)'

Reception (in atrium outside the Teleconference Room)

All conference attendees are welcome to join us for the catered lunch and reception.

Conference Poster


Questions can be directed to kivymemorial@philosophy.rutgers.edu