PERFORMA 2015 – Conference on Musical Performance

PERFORMA 2015 – Conference on Musical Performance

Call for papers

The University of Aveiro and INET-MD (Institute of Ethnomusicology – Centre for Music and Dance Studies) and the Brazilian Association of Musical Performance (ABRAPEM) will host PERFORMA’15, a conference on performance studies, from June the 11th until June the 13th, 2015 in Aveiro, Portugal. The organization is with the collaboration of the Graduate Studies Program of the Instituto de Artes of the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. The keynote-speakers will be Prof. Marcel Cobussen, from the Leiden University in the Netherlands (and from Orpheus Institute in Ghent, Belgium), and Prof. Tia DeNora, from the University of Exeter, UK. This conference seeks to generate and present new perspectives on musical performance through interdisciplinary dialogue. The main theme for the 2015 edition will be performance practice as research with three specific research topics:
a) Musical performance as artistic research. The choice of this topic is intended to provide opportunities to discuss and reflect upon submissions where the research results depend, to a considerable extent, on the appreciation/evaluation of artistic products – of their embodied qualities and knowledge. Lecture-Recitals will be the natural format for such submissions.
b) Voice and vocality in performance: presence, emotion, meaning. In the academic tradition the voice was hidden for decades behind the musical text or the word that it expresses. The relegation of voice into the background may be due to the rationalization process, within its scientific study, which began with Max Weber, in the late nineteenth century. We invite the submission of proposals that explore issues around voice notions and vocality.
c) Utopias in performance. Musical performances build specific modes of being-in-the-world, expressing ideals, transmitting values, ritualizing behaviours, and, sometimes, experiencing new social roles on stage and establishing relations that are not describable in other contexts. We invite the submission of proposals to discuss these dimensions of performance.

Submissions are now invited; we particularly welcome submissions on these three topics but other approaches are also acceptable if the focus is on musical performance.

We welcome abstracts of a maximum of 350 words for:
• Paper presentations (max. length 20 minutes);
• Pre-formed Panels: Please submit abstracts with each named speaker and their institutional affiliation. Panels should last 1 hour and 30 minutes;
• Lecture-Recitals: should last from 30 to 45 minutes. Proposals submissions should specify exact length and be accompanied by a short curriculum of the presenter;
• Posters.

We do not require a pre-defined proposal format, but we recommend that submissions include information on context, aims, methods and results.

The submission deadline is February 28th, 2015.
Abstracts should be sent to

General enquiries (registration, travel, lodging) should be sent to <>. Residents in Brazil should send their enquiries – namely registration – to <>

We also welcome proposals for 20-minutes long performances, which will be presented in a shared recital format. Applicants are invited to submit video/audio recordings of the proposed performance. The video should be posted on Youtube (please note that you can select private, unlisted or public viewing) and a link to the video should be sent to <>. Please note that percussion equipment will not be provided.
Abstracts and performance proposals will be reviewed by a panel, and presenters will be advised as to their acceptance or otherwise by mid-March, 2015. The deadline for the submission of proceedings articles (accepted authors only) is April 30th, 2015.

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