PERFORMA’11, a conference on performance studies

The Department of Communication and Art of the University of Aveiro (Aveiro, Portugal) will host PERFORMA’11, a conference on performance studies, from May 19th to 21st, 2011.


This conference seeks to generate and present new perspectives on musical performance through interdisciplinary and intercultural dialogue. The keynote speakers will be Prof. Richard Taruskin, from the University of California (Berkeley), and Prof. Thomas Turino, from the University of Illinois.


Submissions are now invited; we particularly welcome submissions on the following themes:

·         Performance and memory

·         Performance and body

·         Performance and gender


The conference will also consider proposals on any aspect of performance studies such as psychology of performance, philosophy and performance, performance practice, music pedagogy, musicology, ethnomusicology and performance analysis.


We welcome abstracts of a maximum of 300 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. Proposal submissions should specify exact length and be accompanied by a short curriculum of the presenter.

Workshops: abstracts should include information about duration of the workshop.

Poster presentations


The submission deadline is January 15th, 2011. Abstracts and enquiries should be sent to Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel, and presenters will be advised as to their acceptance or otherwise by February 10th, 2011.