Enrique Morente: Memory and Heterodoxy in Flamenco

December, 10,11 & 12, 2020
University of Granada

Enrique Morente (Granada 1942-Madrid 2010) had a progressive attitude
towards the artistic possibilities of flamenco and a solid commitment to the times in
which he lived. This has made of him one of the most significant voices of the
musical culture of contemporary Spain. His recordings on disc — which cover a
broad aesthetic range, from the Homenajes flamencos to Miguel Hernández
(Hispavox, 1971) and Antonio Chacón (Hispavox, 1977) to the paradigmatic Omega
(Discos Probéticos, 2008), together with El Pequeño Reloj (EMI Odeon, 2003) or
Pablo de Málaga (Discos Probéticos, 2008) — always took place alongside an
intense artistic activity, something which also drove him to collaborate with artists
in many other disciplines.
Ten years after his death, and in view of the fact that Morente’s legacy goes
beyond the conventional boundaries of flamenco, it is deemed necessary, firstly, to
analyze the intellectual, conceptual, poetic, artistic, and ideological corpus of the
singer from a transversal, critical, manifold and interdisciplinary perspective, and
secondly, to consolidate his figure and his creative work historiographically.
Accordingly, the Department of the History and Sciences of Music of the University
of Granada, in association with the Flamenco Studies Group (GEF) of La Madraza.
Centre for Contemporary Culture of the University of Granada, is convening an
International Conference on ‘Enrique Morente: Memory and Heterodoxy in
As a guide to the research themes of the conference, we are proposing the
sections detailed below.

  1. Poetics and the new lyricism in the work of Enrique Morente. The nonmusical
    arts. Morente and Miguel Hernández, Federico García Lorca, or Pablo Ruiz
    Picasso. Morente and the theatre.
  2. Experimental heterodoxy and ideology. New boundaries of flamenco.
    Political commitment and performative attitudes in flamenco.
  3. Morente’s image. His appearance on screen, his interviews, his activities.
    Morente in the press and the media.
  4. The creative environment: context, impact and stimulus of Morente’s work.
    Musical analysis and recordings.
  5. Morente’s recordings as teaching materials in the classroom.
  6. Biographical studies. Memory and living history. Current history.
    With these objectives in mind, we invite all those with an interest to submit a
    proposal for either a panel discussion, or a conference paper, or a short
    communication on any aspect of the proposed topics, within, though not limited to,
    the proposed themes.
    Invited papers, together with a selection of the shorter communications
    offered, will be published as a monograph on Enrique Morente by the Flamenco
    Studies Group of the University of Granada.

The period of registration is now open for conference presentations in the form of
communications, posters, panels, or audiovisual formats. Proposals should be sent
by e-mail to congresomorente2020@ugr.es and must include:
● Name and institutional affiliation of the author(s) of the proposal.
● Contact details.
● Title of the proposal.
● Type of presentation.
● Indication of thematic section.
● Abstract of approximately 300 words.
● 3-5 keywords.
● Technical apparatus required.
Last date for submission of proposals: 30.06.2020
Last date for notification of acceptances: 15.10.2020
Registration period with reduced conference fee: until 10.11.2020
Registration period with standard fee: from 10.11.2020 until 10.12.2020

More information: https://sites.google.com/go.ugr.es/congresoenriquemorente2020