Wagner 1900

Jesus College and the Faculty of Music at the University of Oxford will be pleased to host the interdisciplinary conference ‘Wagner 1900’ on 9-11 April 2018. Featuring two performances, the conference will investigate the impact of Richard Wagner on fin-de-siècle Vienna, not only in music but also in the visual arts, theatre, literature and philosophy. The two performances will address key issues raised by the topic of ‘Wagner 1900’, providing a concrete basis for scholarly discussion.

Confirmed speakers include Barry Millington and Patrick Carnegy (keynotes);

Roger Allen (Oxford), Evan Baker (North Carolina), Christopher Fifield (London); Peter Franklin (Oxford), Hermann Grampp (Berlin), Anne Leonard (Chicago), Karin Martensen (Detmold), Hilda Meldrum Brown (Oxford), Eva Rieger (Bremen), Diane Silverthorne (London), Morten Solvik (Vienna), and Laura Tunbridge (Oxford).

Proposals of no more than 350 words are invited for 20-minutes papers in English. As there will be no parallel sessions, the Committee will be able to select only a restricted number of papers. Doctoral students and early career scholars are warmly encouraged to submit a proposal.

Topics to be covered include:

Richard Wagner and the Gesamtkunstwerk

The collaboration between Mahler and Alfred Roller

Roller’s set designs

Adolphe Appia

Wagner and the arts around 1900

Conducting Wagner; Wagner as conductor

19th C. historical performance practice

Wagnerian singers and the Bayreuth style

Cosima Wagner in Bayreuth

Wagner and theatre, Wagnerian staging

Wagner and Modernism in literature and philosophy

Wagnerism in Vienna


Proposals should be sent to our conference administrator, Lukas Beck (lukas.beck-at-music.ox.ac.uk), no later than 1st October 2017.




Conference Program Committee:

Dr. Anna Stoll Knecht (Oxford), convenor

Dr. Roger Allen (Oxford)

Dr. Anastasia Belina (London)

Prof. Peter Franklin (Oxford)

Dr. Tosca Lynch (Oxford)

Dr. Merel van Tilburg (London)