Richard Wagner’s Impact on His World and Ours

To mark the 200th anniversary on 22 May 2013 of the birth of Richard Wagner, the School of Music, University of Leeds, in collaboration with Opera North will host the international conference ‘Richard Wagner’s Impact on His World and Ours’ held on 30 May-2 June 2013.

Few aspects of late nineteenth-century and subsequent cultural developments remain untouched by Wagner’s influence. The conference seeks to place this influence in context, embracing the multitude of artistic and non-artistic disciplines that have felt the composer’s impact. The programme committee invites proposals for multi-disciplinary presentations and workshops that deal with any aspect of Wagner studies. Proposals for sessions that encourage interaction between scholars and practitioners are particularly welcome.

Proposals can cover the following themes, though any other submissions will be considered on their own merits:

• Wagner and Literature
• Wagner and the Theatre
• Wagner and the New World
• Wagner and Eastern Europe
• Wagner and Israel
• Wagner in Performance
• Wagner and Cinema
• Wagner and the Future

The keynote lectures will be delivered by Barry Millington, entitled ‘200 Not Out: Wagner the Ultimate All-rounder’; Michael Ewans, entitled ‘Vision and Stagecraft in two ground-breaking productions of the Ring, by Patrice Chéreau and Francesca Zambello’; and Tony Palmer, the director of the feature film ‘Wagner’ (topic TBC).

Proposals are invited for the following:

• Individual Papers (20-minutes long, plus 10 minutes for discussion)
• Themed Sessions (three or four papers, each 20 minutes long, with 10
minutes for discussion)
• Roundtable Sessions (1 hour long, for up to four people, each presenting for 5-10 minutes,
followed by a general 20-minute discussion)
• Performance workshops (30-40 minutes long)

Proposals should be prepared as follows:

• Individual papers: maximum 250 words
• Themed Sessions: 250-word summary outlining the aims of the session, and a
brief description of each paper
• Roundtable Sessions: 250-word summary outlining the aims of the session,
and a 100-150-word description of each paper
• Performance workshops: 250-word proposal outlining aims of the workshop

Proposals and brief biographies of the participants should be sent by email as an MS Word or PDF attachment by 1 July 2012 to Dr Anastasia Belina-Johnson,