Workshop: Women in Nineteenth-Century Czech Musical Culture

Women in Nineteenth-Century Czech Musical Culture, Musicology Department, Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, 23 October 2020

Deadline for abstracts: 31 May 2020

 

More often than not, the historiography of music is not entirely in sync with the history which it aims to portray. Nineteenth-century Czech music, for instance, is known internationally primarily on account of the works by Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Václav Jan Tomášek, to name but a few. However, nineteenth-century Czech musical culture also embraces such names as Elise Barth, Marie Karolina Benda, Katerina Cibbini-Koseluh, Marie Červinková-Riegrová, Wilhelmine Ebert, Juliane Glaser, Marie Proksch, and Mathilde Ringelsberg, for example. These and other women, who had a remarkable impact on the private and public discourse of nineteenth-century Czech musical culture, deserve further scholarly attention, especially with a view to such fields as composition; performance; the writing of libretti and poetry subsequently set to music; such other creative spheres as the conceptualisation and creation of costumes and paintings for music-dramatic performances; music management and the hosting of musical events; music criticism; and music pedagogy. It is the aim of this international workshop to bring together scholars who are interested in re-evaluating the role of women within these contexts.

The official languages of the workshop will be English and German. Papers will be twenty minutes in length, followed by ten minutes for questions and constructive feedback. As this is a one-day event and parallel sessions will be avoided, only a limited number of papers can be accepted. However, interested colleagues are encouraged to submit abstracts also with a view to contributing a chapter to an edited volume on the same topic, which is planned for 2021.

Proposals including an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief biographical note should be sent in a format compatible with MS Word to Dr Anja Bunzel (womeninczechmusic@gmail.com) no later than 31 May 2020.

This event is funded by the Czech Academy of Sciences funding scheme Strategie 21 and is organised by Dr Anja Bunzel (Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences) in collaboration with Dr Markéta Kratochvílová (Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences) and the Sophie Drinker Institut (Bremen, Germany).