Intersections: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Opera – POSTPONED

21 May 2020, Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge. Sponsored by the Institute of Musical Research (Royal Holloway, University of London) and organised by the Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales (Universidad Cumplutense de Madrid).

The specificity of contemporary research trends is leading to a
necessary yet dangerous compartmentalisation of knowledge. Whereas
discussing particular topics in specialised forums is nowadays more
accessible and open than ever, fewer opportunities for
interdisciplinary debate seem to be coming to light. However, opera –
a genre in which music, words, theatre, dance, costumes, and
technology have intersected since its origins – requires
interdisciplinary approaches in order for it to be more fully

Our study day aims to contribute to this necessary dialogue by
bringing together scholars from various disciplines to discuss opera
not only in terms of its various components and diachronic
developments, but also, and more importantly, through the combination
of historical, analytical, textual, performative, object-related, and
computer-based approaches.

To that purpose, we encourage applicants to submit proposals for
either individual 15-minute presentations or 45-minute group sessions
in which opera would work as pretext for encounters between different
fields. Specifically, we suggest focus on relationships between
historical musicology, textual criticism, philosophy, performance
studies, theatre studies, music theory, and computer science in the
study of opera.

The study day will take place on 21 May 2020 at the Faculty of Music
of the University of Cambridge. It will be organised by the Instituto
Complutense de Ciencias Musicales (Madrid), hosted by the University
of Cambridge, and sponsored by the Institute of Musical Research
(Royal Holloway, University of London).

Applications must be sent to by 1
February 2020, and will be evaluated by 1 March 2020. They should be
submitted as Word files and must include:
– Personal information
o Name
o Institutional affiliation, if applicable
o Short CV (ca. 100 words)
– Abstract (max. 300 words)
– Technical requirements (video, audio, etc.)

This study day is mainly aimed at doctoral students and early-career
(postdoctoral) scholars who believe in building bridges between recent
approaches and more traditional disciplines, as well as in the
benefits of learning from and contributing to interdisciplinary and
shared knowledge.

Dr Ana Llorens, Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales
European Research Council Project ‘DIDONE: The Sources of Absolute Music’

Advisory Committee
Dr Stefano Castelvecchi
Dr David Trippett
Dr Nicola Usula
Dr Emilia Parada-Cabaleiro
Dr Ana Llorens