Baroque Festivals between the Sacred and the Profane: Europe and the Atlantic

Palácio do Correio Mor, Loures (near Lisbon), Portugal, 17-19 October 2019

Organization: IHA – Instituto de História da Arte, NOVA FCSH; Câmara Municial de Loures

Deadline for submissions: 15 July 2019

Conference Website:

The Feast, a cultural manifestation encompassing all civilizations and creeds, reached its pinnacle of magnificence and extravagance during the Baroque period (17th-18th centuries). Courts, along with religious institutions, were the main promoters and spreaders of the grandiose scenographic events witnessed in this period of history. With models and fashions from European courts such as those of France, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Iberian Peninsula fanning out to the rest of the Old World, the festive eccentricity of Baroque also reached the overseas territories of South America under the rule of the Iberian monarchies.

Ephemeral art, the visible expression of the festive spectacle, takes over and transforms spaces in dialogue with the perdurable arts and the soundscape. The hegemony of painting, sculpture and architecture blurs in the dialogue established with the so-called decorative arts and with the performative arts. The feast brings together arts, artists, commissioners, participants and the public. A brief jubilatory event, it is the expression of the imagination, of the amalgam of arts and peoples, the apotheosis of the concept of the total work of art that Baroque gave rise to and that Leibniz, in his Monadology, understood as the art of finding “the beautiful constructions”, that is, shaping imaginary worlds as possible as that in which we live.

The final composition of the festive display reflects the essence of Baroque: a play of multiple forms in dialogue with each other and in permanent unfolding: “la peinture sort de son cadre et se réalise dans la sculpture de marbre polychrome; et la sculpture se dépasse et se réalise dans l’architecture; et l’architecture à son tour trouve dans la façade un cadre, mais ce cadre décolle lui-même de l’intérieur, et se met en rapport avec les alentours de manière à réaliser l’architecture dans l’urbanisme” (Giles Deleuze, Le Pli, Minuit, 1988, pp. 167-168).

This conference seeks to open up an approach to this phenomenon with a focus on its artistic dimension. Given the diverse contributions that the arts bring to the Baroque Feast, such approach will be necessarily interdisciplinary and consider the phenomenon in the 17th and 18th centuries from renewed viewpoints based on the latest research.

Paper submissions are sought on, but may not be limited to the following topics:

  • Staging, codes and rituals: the arts of the table, christenings, weddings, acclamations, royal entries, embassies;
  • Theatres, staging’s, beatifications and canonisations, liturgical calendar processions, special devotions;
  • Literature, books and prints: model dissemination and consolidation;
  • Music and the sound element of the feast;
  • The feast and the city: ephemeral scenography, its agents and impact on the urban scape.

We welcome proposals for 20-minute presentations in English, which should include:

  • Title of the proposal;
  • Applicant’s identification (name, institutional affiliation, country and email);
  • Abstract (up to 300 words);
  • Short Curriculum Vitae (up to 200 words).

Proposals must be sent in Word (.doc format) by email to

A selection of papers from the conference will be published in Revista de História da Arte – Série W, an annual peer-reviewed digital journal.

ENIM 2019 – 9th Conference on Musical Research

SPIM – Portuguese Society for Research in Music

In partnership with:
NOVA FCSH – Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas – Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Lisbon, November 14th to 16th, 2019

Keynote speakers:
– Steven Feld (School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, USA)
– José Oliveira Martins (CITAR – Universidade Católica do Porto)


The 9th Conference on Musical Research (ENIM 2019) will be held in Lisbon at the NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities – New University of Lisbon, from November 14th to 16th, 2019. The call is now open for paper submissions, as well as for thematic panels of 3 to 4 presenters and papers with performance. All relevant themes on musical research are welcome.

Submissions should be sent in Portuguese, English or Spanish for the following formats:

– Spoken papers: 20 minutes. Proponents should send an abstract (250 to 300 words), 3 to 5 keywords and a short bio (ca. 150 words).
– Panel proposals: 1 hour and a half, including final discussion. Proposals should include an overall title and rationale (ca. 300 words), the name of the main proponent, titles and descriptions of the contributions of all speakers and biographies for each speaker (ca. 150 words).
– Papers with performance: 30 minutes. 

Proponents should send an abstract (250 words, and 3 to 5 keywords), a short bio (ca. 150 words), as well as information about equipment requirements. Panel proposals should indicate the general title and the name of the chair, besides the general abstract (ca. 300 words), and the individual abstracts and their titles. Each proponent can only submit one proposal (including individual submissions and panels). Proposals should be sent just in Word format to <> by 20th May 2019. The message should include the following information: name, institution, postal address, and phone number. The abstract should not include any identification information, only the title. The abstracts will be blind-reviewed by members of the scientific commission, and evaluation results will be sent by June 30th, 2019.

For further information, please contact:

Scientific Committee:
– Ana Cláudia de Assis (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brasil / CESEM-UNL)
– Daniel Moreira (Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo, Portugal) 
– Daniela Coimbra (Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo, Portugal) 
– Elizabeth Lucas (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil)
– Javier Marin (Universidad de Jaén, España)
– Luísa Cymbron (Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da UNL, Portugal) 
– Pedro Aragão (Universidade do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)

Organizing Committee:
– Cristina Fernandes 
– David Cranmer 
– Luísa Cymbron 
– Maria José Artiaga