Protest Music in the Twentieth Century

The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca (<>), 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 «Protest Music in the Twentieth Century», to be held in Lucca, Complesso monumentale di San Micheletto, from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 November 2013.

The conference’s subject is protest music and ‘dissident’ composer and musicians during the twentieth century, with a particular focus on the forms with which dissent may be expressed in music and the ways composers and performers have adopted stances on political and social dissent. Moreover, the phenomenon of dissent will be investigated within the contexts of musical historiography and criticism.

Papers approaching the topic from historical, sociological and philosophical points of view will be welcomed. The programme committee encourages submissions within the following areas, although other topics are also welcome:

  • The Dissent in Music: Sociological and Philosophical Matters
  • Music and Political Struggles
  • Protest Music vs Regimes
  • ‘Classical’ Music as a Means of Protest: Aesthetic Thinking, Creative Proposals, Poets, Receptions and Events
  • The Dissent within the Contexts of Musical Historiography and Criticism
  • Circulation, Relations and Interactions of Protest-Music Repertoires, Musicians and Movements
  • Protest Songs and Songwriters
  • The Expression of Dissent in Traditional and ‘Official’ Genres and Its Interpreters
  • The Role of Music in the Civil Rights Movements
  • Protest Music of Specific Ethnic and National Groups
  • Protest Music in the Social Construction of Race and Gender
  • Jazz Music and Social Protest
  • Billie Holiday and Blues/Jazz Singing of the First Half of the 20th Century
  • Rock Music as Protest
  • Political Hip-Hop and Sociopolitical Rap: Conscience and Dissent

Scientific Commitee

  • 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)
  • Luca Sala (Université de Poitiers)
  • Massimiliano Sala (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Pistoia)
Keynote Speakers:
  • Germán Gan-Quesada (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
  • Marita Fornaro Bordolli (University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay)

The official languages of the conference are English and Italian. Papers selected at the conference will be published in a miscellaneous volume.

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 submitted by email no later than ***Sunday 21 April 2013*** to <>. With your proposal please include your name, contact details (postal address, e-mail and telephone number) and (if applicable) your affiliation.

The committee will make its final decision on the abstracts by the 15th of May 2013, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme, registration, travel and accommodation will be announced by the end of May 2013.


For any additional information, please contact:

Dr. Roberto Illiano
Via Nottolini, 162
San Concordio contr.
I-55100 Lucca (Lu)
tel: +39/338.9233006

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