Medieval and Renaissance International Music Conference 2021

Medieval and Renaissance International Music Conference 2021, Lisbon, Portugal, 5-9 July

Call for Papers

On 5–9 July 2021, the FCSH–School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Universidade NOVA de Lisboa will host the 49th edition of the Medieval and Renaissance International Music Conference – MedRen 2021 Lisbon – which is to be organised by CESEM–Centre for the Study of the Sociology and Aesthetics of Music. Proposals in all areas relating to Medieval and Renaissance music are welcomed, though the organising committee especially encourages consideration of topics arising from the following:

– the centenaries of King Alfonso X the Wise (b.1221), King Manuel I of Portugal, and Pope Leo X (both of whom died in 1521) and issues of patronage;

– Philippe de Monte (b.1521), Robert Fayrfax (d.1521), and Josquin des Prez (d.1521);

– dynamics of cultural confluence and exchange and their relevance for concepts of cultural centrality and laterality (those dealing with the Mediterranean region are particularly welcomed).

The conference keynote speakers will be Tess Knighton (ICREA / Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and Luisa Nardini (The University of Texas at Austin).

MedRen 2021 Lisbon will be a mixed in-person–online event, offering three options to speakers: present in-person; pre-record but participate in a live discussion; both present and participate in a discussion live but remotely. To minimise risks of technical problems, speakers attending in person will be obliged to upload their slides to the conference computers (the connecting of personal computers to the projectors will not be permitted) and will be asked to prepare them in Google Slides; if another programme is used it must be tested on the conference computers in advance. When not presenting a paper or participating in a panel discussion, remote participants will connect via a streaming platform (Videocast) alongside other participants; Zoom will be used solely for delivering live presentations and by panel members when participating in discussions. Pre-recorded presentations will be shown via Videocast.

Possible formats of presentation include, but are not limited to:

– individual papers of 20 minutes;

– paired papers (60 minutes including Q&A);

– themed sessions (120 minutes for 4 papers and 90 minutes for 3 papers, including Q&A);

– round tables (maximum 90 minutes);

– workshops/ lecture-recitals (n. b. technical requirements may prevent presentation to online delegates);

– posters (with a discussion session for online participants).

Conference languages: English and also French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Portuguese.

All proposals should be written in English and submitted via the conference website ( The following will be required:

– title;

– indication of format (e.g. individual paper);

– provisional indication of whether the presentation will be given in person, pre-recorded, or remotely but live via Zoom;

– proposer’s name;

– proposer’s affiliation (if any);

– indication of whether you wish to make use of members of the conference ensemble specialising in post-c.1450 repertories (voices (SATB), recorder(s), lute, and possibly other instruments);

– names and affiliations of any additional participants;

– contact email;

– AV requirements;

– a short bio or bios of the participants (60-80 words) suitable for use by session chairs;

– abstract of c. 250 words; for panels c. 200 words on the proposal as a whole, and c. 100 words on the contribution of each participant;

– indication of the presentation language.

By submitting a proposal to MedRen 2021 Lisbon participants accept that their communications (including open discussions) will be streamed online, recorded and available for the duration of the conference and for up to 48 hours after the close of the conference to all registered participants. Depending on the epidemiological situation, and in order to comply with regulations that limit maximum occupancy of the available spaces, it is anticipated that the committee will be able to accept approximately 200 proposals of all types. Proposals will be evaluated anonymously and solely according to their scientific merit.

Deadline: 23 January 2021

Notification of acceptance: 28 February 2021

The Anatomy of Polyphonic Music around 1500

International Conference | Cascais, Portugal | 27-30 June, 2018

The Anatomy of Late 15th- and Early 16th-Century Iberian Polyphonic Music is a three-year project launched in 2016 and based in CESEM-Centre for the Study of Sociology and Aesthetics of Music at the Lisbon Nova University. It aims at providing a comprehensive account of Iberian repertories of the period between around the 1470s and 1520s, with special emphasis on the following areas:

– Analysis of the music in search for stylistically defining markers and patterns;
– Examination of the possible differences/similarities between Portuguese and Spanish repertories;
– Establishment of a philology of the works through the study of the sources, their texts, and their distribution;
– Research of new avenues for analysis, including computer-aided methodologies.

Please see <> for complete information.

With the project reaching its midpoint as of now, we are ready to share the findings, ideas and difficulties we have encountered so far. To that end, we are organising an international conference to be held in Cascais – a charming coastal town 30 Km west of Lisbon – on 27-30 June 2018. We would like to invite colleagues working in the music from the aforementioned period to join us in the discussion.

This conference will examine the identity of music repertories from around 1500. We understand repertories here as a group of musical works coherently linked together via cultural, geographical or institutional associations.

Although the conference stems from a project dissecting Iberian music, we are also interested in researching the methodologies and contexts regarding analysis and source studies on repertoires. For this reason we would be delighted to hear from current research with similar scope and methodological concerns, irrespective of the geographical or cultural area.

Moreover, as the project aims at providing elements that allow re-evaluating the position of Iberian polyphony within the wider European canvas, we would be especially interested in proposals dealing with exchanges and cross-fertilisation between specific repertories of various geographical and cultural areas.

With this in mind, we welcome papers developing any of the following topics in relation to repertories from the 1470s to the 1520s:

  1. Repertories and Styles:

– Structural and syntactic patterns that characterize a repertory
– Stylistic differences in regional repertories
– Stylistic markers as aids for ascertaining authorship and origin
– Analytical tools for the identification of stylistic markers

  1. Repertories and Contexts:

– Genre boundaries
– Cross-influences and exchanges within a pan-European context
– Formation of repertories

  1. Repertories and Sources:

– Sources as creators and repositories of repertories
– Interrelations between sources
– Processes of transmission and dissemination
– Philology of works and repertories

Abstracts for 20-minute papers (max. 250 words) and short biographies (max. 150 words) should be sent to <> by 15 January 2018. Participants will be informed of whether their abstracts have been accepted by 15 February 2018.

Since, in principle, we do not wish to have parallel sessions, so that participants are able to attend the whole event, there will be room for thirty papers, including presentations by the project team members. However, the format of the conference may be adjusted depending on the number and relevance of the proposals received.

Keynote speakers will include Agnese Pavanello (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis) and David Burn (KU Leuven). There will also be a concert by the Portuguese ensemble Polyphonos, and a concluding discussion panel on the conference main topics.

We intend to publish a volume containing a number of papers presented at the conference, which will go through a process of selection, peer review, and editing, as per academic standard.

This conference is co-hosted by the FCT-Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology through the project PTDC/CPC-MMU/0314/2014, CESEM at the Lisbon Nova University, and the Fundação Dom Luís I, Cascais.

Organizing committee: João Pedro d’Alvarenga, Esperanza Rodríguez-García, Nuno Raimundo (CESEM), and Isabel de Alvarenga (Fundação Dom Luís I).

More information soon at <>