Music and Resistance


The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccheriniof Lucca, in collaboration with the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (I+D+i RTI2018-093436-B-I00 “Music and Dance in Sociocultural, Identity and Political Processes during the Second Francoism and the Democratic Transition (1959-1978)”), is pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium «Music and Resistance», to be held in Lucca, Complesso Monumentale di San Micheletto, from 11 to 13 December 2020.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Mark Andrew Le Vine (University of California Irvine)
  • Germán Gan Quesada (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

The word “resistance” is often associated with the wars that marked the history of the twentieth century. The music of “resistance” found a huge space in popular music, but also in celebratory and protest works with which many composers reacted to the violence of dictatorship.
But in a broader sense, the word resistance is also used in modern forms of musical art in association with anti-fascist themes, or linked to social rights movements (women, LGBT movements) and ethnic groups, or as a means of generational identity (such as punk, hip-hop or rap).

This symposium aims to engage with all forms of resistance that have been put into practice through various musical forms, styles and genres, both historical and contemporary. The programme committee encourages submissions within the following areas, although other topics are also welcome:

  • Music under Wars and Dictatorships
  • Music and Holocaust
  • Popular Music and Rebellion
  • Music and Racism
  • Music and Human Rights
  • Music and Social Critique
  • Music and the Ideologies (including Music and Feminism)
  • Music and Socio-Political Associations
  • Music at the Margins of Official Cultures, Subcultures and Countercultures
  • Young Music and Resistance
  • Concerts, Recitals and Festivals as Spaces of Resistance
  • Music and Critical Theory
  • Music and Old and New Fascisms
  • Music and Resistance in the Market and in the Cultural Industry

Programme Committee:

  • Germán Gan Quesada (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
  • Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
  • Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
  • Mark Andrew Le Vine (University of California Irvine)
  • Gemma Perez Zalduondo (Universidad de Granada)
  • Massimiliano Sala (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)

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 26 April 2020*** 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 end of May 2020, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme, registration, travel and accommodation will be announced after that date.

For any additional information, please contact:

Dr. Massimiliano Sala