The Practices of Comedy

June 20-22, 2013
Teatro Trindade and CESEM, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

The Center for the Study of Sociology and Aesthetics of Music (CESEM ) seeks submissions for the International Conference “The Practices of Comedy” to be held on 20-22 June of 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal. The event will be hosted by the Teatro Trindade, founded in 1867, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Sociology and Aesthetics of Music (CESEM), a research center of the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. This call for papers invites submissions that explore the role of music in comedy, welcoming in particular those perspectives that expand the boundaries of traditional music research on the topic.
The conference will seek to deepen current theoretical and empirical understandings of musical comedy through the exploration of its practices considered in a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The event forms part of an ongoing research project funded by the FCT (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) on the subject of musical comedy in nineteenth-century Portuguese-speaking theaters in Lisbon, Oporto and Rio de Janeiro. In keeping with the framework of the project, we welcome historical approaches to comedy, and specifically to music in comedy, and to the culture of operetta. Yet, the focus of the conference is neither exclusively historical nor centered on Portuguese-Brazilian culture. Instead, the event will aim to broaden current perspectives on the topic and to foster a new understanding of it by addressing the materialities of music-comedic work. We invite consideration of the following themes, among others:

• the body of comedy
• comic spaces and comic modes
• transformation, adaptation, and parody
• cultures and ethics of laughter
• comic presentation and representation
• the local and international politics of comedy
• comedic authority and the agencies of comedy
We aim eventually to publish an edited volume from the conference papers.
The official languages of the conference will be English and Portuguese. Please send abstracts (max. 300 words) for 20-minute papers (to be followed by 10 minutes’ discussion), in English, plus a short biographical note (max. 150 words), to Gabriela Cruz ( no later than 7 December 2012:
Notification of acceptance will be given by 5 January 2013. The Organization is unable to cover any expenses, but it may be able to help with finding accommodation at special rates.

For further information, please contact:

Conference organizing committee:
Gabriela Cruz:
Paulo Ferreira de Castro:
Luísa Cymbron:
Maria José Artiaga:

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