Music And Propaganda In The Short Twentieth Century

International Conference
* Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca/Pistoia;
* Association “Amici di Groppoli” of Pistoia;
* Universidad de Granada (I+D+I HAR2010-17968. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovacion de España)

DATES: 18-20 May 2012

LOCATION: Pistoia (Italy), Palazzo dei Vescovi

Call for papers
The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca/Pistoia ( and the Association “Amici di Groppoli” of Pistoia, in association with the University of Granada (I+D+I HAR2010-17968. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovacion de España), is pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium “Music and Propaganda in the Short Twentieth Century”, to be held in Pistoia, Palazzo dei Vescovi, from Friday 18 until Sunday 20 May 2012. This project aims to study the relationships between music and propaganda in twentieth-century Europe, devoting particular attention to Germany, the Iberian Peninsula and Italy. The conference will examine the points of intersection between music and the political sphere within both institutional and non-institutional contexts.
Why music and propaganda? Music has often been exploited by regimes and governments, thanks to its great evocative power, and it can be used to attribute and to ascribe multivalent meanings. Does music contain the traces of propaganda? That is the central question to be posed by this conference. Much has been written about the relationship between music and propaganda between the two world wars. What is now needed are explorations of this topic during the post-war period.
The programme committee encourages submissions within the following areas, although other topics are also welcome:
* Twentieth-Century Music and Propaganda: Historical, Aesthetic, Philosophical and Sociological Aspects
* Political-Economical Implications behind Musical Propaganda
* Music and Propaganda after the World War II
* Propaganda and Musical Institutions
* Propaganda in music for screen and other media
* Music, Propaganda and Other Arts
* Popular music and Jazz: Nationalism, Ideology, Identity and Entertainment
* Musicology and Propaganda


* Federico Celestini (Universität Innsbruck)
* Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca
* Massimiliano Locanto (Università degli Studi di Salerno)
* Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca)
* Gemma Pérez Zalduondo (Universidad de Granada)
* Massimiliano Sala (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Pistoia)


* María Isabel Cabrera García and Gemma Pérez Zalduondo (Universidad de Granada)
* Luca Sala (Université de Poitiers)

The official languages of the conference will be English and Italian. Papers selected for presentation at the conference will be published in a miscellaneous volume for the Speculum Musicae series (Brepols Publishers).
Papers are limited to twenty minutes in length, allowing time for questions and discussion. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and one page of biography. All proposals should be emailed to by no later than ***Tuesday 31 January 2012***. Please include with your proposal your name, contact details (postal address, e-mail and telephone number) and (if applicable) your affiliation.

The committee will make its final decisions on the abstracts by the 15th of February 2012, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme, registration, travel and accommodation will be announced by the 1st of March 2012.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Dr Massimiliano Sala – President
Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini
via Giuseppe Verdi, 52
I-51100 Pistoia