4th Transnational Opera Studies Conference

Bayreuth, June 24–26, 2021
Founded in Bologna in 2015, tosc@ is a biennial meeting designed to give scholars, artists and opera lovers from different countries the opportunity to come together. The name of the conference is an acronym:

                            Transnational

                            O pera

                            S tudies

                            C onference

                                        @                   with the final word referring to the host city.

Open to all approaches, forms, genres and periods, the tosc@ conference aims to unite the excellence and boldness of contemporary research on opera and musical theatre in general. The conference moves from place to place, encouraging the presence of contributors from the host countries, enlarging the circle of its participants and promoting encounters between cultures and sensibilities. In this way it hopes to foster interest in opera studies in the younger generation of researchers, be they musicologists or scholars from other disciplines. Papers may be given in the language(s) of the host country or in English. Everyone is invited to take part, regardless of their professional status.

tosc@bayreuth.2021

Following the success of the first three meetings (tosc@bologna.2015, tosc@bern.2017 and tosc@paris.2019), the fourth edition of the tosc@ conference will take place at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, from June 24–26, 2021. Since 1976 the University has hosted a unique Research Institute for Music Theatre, located in the nearby Castle of Thurnau. With the Richard Wagner Festspielhaus and the Margravial Opera House the city of Bayreuth is filled with operatic history and culture, which can be explored by all participants in the diverse organized activities accompanying the conference.

The Programme Committee consists of:

Luisa Cymbron (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa),

Nils Grosch (Universität Salzburg),

Kordula Knaus (Universität Bayreuth),

Gundula Kreuzer (Yale University),

Raphaëlle Legrand (Université Paris-Sorbonne),

Isabelle Moindrot (Université Paris 8),

Anno Mungen (Universität Bayreuth)

and Benjamin Walton (University of Cambridge).

Kordula Knaus and Anno Mungen are also the conference organizers.

The Programme Committee welcomes proposals in the following formats:

individual papers (20 minutes long, with 10 minutes for discussion);

themed sessions (three or four papers, each 20 minutes long with 10 minutes for discussion – please note that the Committee reserves the right to accept one or several proposals on a separate basis even if the entire panel is not selected);

roundtable sessions (90 minutes long, up to six people each giving a brief position paper, followed by a general discussion).

We invite submissions on any subject related to opera and other forms of musical and music theatre. Presentations which integrate performative aspects, or other alternative formats, are welcome. Methodologies may be varied, traversing disciplines and perspectives: verbal text, music, drama, performance, body, voice, interpretation, declamation, painting, scenography, dance, staging, stage technology, cinema, photography, video, television, radio, digital arts, as well as reception, historiography, economics, ecology, opera and society, opera and the media, opera and the other arts, etc.

Reflecting the special research interests of the University of Bayreuth with its Research Institute for Music Theatre and the ‘Africa Multiple’ cluster of Excellence, proposals focusing on performance research and practices as well as proposals focusing on perspectives of racially or culturally ‘othered’ operatic phenomena are encouraged. Furthermore, proposals that engage with questions of opera at the periphery of the traditional Western operatic culture and opera in a globalized world, as well as transnational perspectives, will be of particular interest to the committee. Preference will be given to proposals that explore questions and problematics, rather than simply offering descriptive accounts.

Proposals may be submitted in English, French, German or Italian. They must include the following:

– author’s full name, – country and institution, – e-mail address, – paper title, – abstract.

Abstracts should be prepared as follows:

– individual papers: maximum 350 words;

– themed sessions: a 250-word summary outlining the aims of the session and a 350-word abstract for each paper;

– roundtable sessions: a 250-word summary outlining the aims of the session, and a brief description of each position paper.

Typically, an academic abstract should include a clear statement of the topic and research question(s), contextualized within existing knowledge; a summary of the argument, evidence and conclusions; and an explanation of why the topic and findings are important. Abstracts should thus include all necessary information that will allow the Programme Committee to evaluate the paper’s quality and originality and its potential as an oral presentation.

Proposals must be submitted as attachments by email as a Word file (“.doc” or “.docx” – not “.pdf”) to:

tosc@uni-bayreuth.de

by September 30, 2020

Everyone submitting a proposal will be sent a confirmation email; if you do not receive a notification within six days, please resend the proposal. All abstracts will be anonymized before being evaluated by the Programme Committee. Do not include any information in your abstract that could reveal your identity (such as ‘As I have shown in my earlier article…’).

All those who have submitted a proposal will be notified of the outcome by the beginning of January 2021. Following acceptance by the Programme Committee, there will be an opportunity to revise abstracts before their publication in the conference programme.

FEES

As for other events of this kind, participants (speakers and spectators) will be required to pay for themselves. The precise registration fee will depend on the number of participants, and will be confirmed when the notification of accepted papers is sent; it will, however, be no more than € 100 (€ 50 for students and scholars from the Global South), and will include three buffets. A special effort will be made for scholars from the Global South in order to provide travel grants. ​

THE tosc@bayreuth.2021 AWARD

The Programme Committee will offer an award for the best paper presented by a junior scholar at the conference. All those who started their doctoral research in 2010 or later and whose papers are accepted for the conference, will be eligible. Those who wish to be considered for this award must submit the final version of their paper to the Programme Committee (accompanied by any musical examples, images, etc.) to tosc@uni-bayreuth.de by May 20, 2021.

The tosc@bayreuth.2021 award will be awarded at the end of the event (June 26, 2021). The winner will be invited to submit the oral presentation as a full article for publication in a prominent international peer-reviewed journal, and will be invited to present a new paper at a plenary session of the fifth edition of tosc@.

CALENDAR

  • September 30, 2020: Deadline for the candidates’ submissions
  • Early January 2021: Announcement of the results
  • May 20, 2021: Deadline for submissions to the tosc@bayreuth.2021 award
  • May 20 – June 20, 2021: Evaluation of young researchers’ papers
  • June 24–26, 2021: tosc@bayreuth.2021

Click here to download the CfP.

Click here for more information on the conference homepage.

Re-envisaging Music: Listening in the Visual Age

Siena – Accademia Musicale Chigiana
10-12 December 2020

Keynote Speaker Prof. Leslie Korrick
(School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, York University, Toronto):
“Listening in the Age of Sound Art”

Music and images, seeing and hearing have always been inextricably linked. Even when more autonomous concepts of music developed at various times through the centuries, they arguably served to keep at bay the ever-present visual dimensions of the act of listening. When we listen to music, do we just listen? When we see a painting, or anything else, do we just watch?

The last few decades, however, have witnessed the advent of an ever more pervasive visuality. From the development of technology to social media to special effects, seeing is foregrounded like never before. What does this mean for music? How do music’s materialities answer to the materialities of visual objects and arts? How does music answer to the demands of pictures? Do these new developments affect our listening and performance experiences? What categories are particularly useful to explain the connections between musical and visual domains? How are different musical traditions, from “classical” music and opera to jazz, popular and folk music being re- envisaged?

Possible topics for consideration include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • live performance
  • site-specific performance
  • installations/sound art
  • video performance
  • live broadcasting
  • pre-existing music as soundtrack
  • historically informed listening
  • places/spaces for performance
  • urban musicology

The official languages of the conference are English and Italian.

A selection of the conference papers will be published in the 2021 volume of Chigiana. Journal of Musicological Studies (https://journal.chigiana.org/).

Please send proposal to chigiana.journal@chigiana.org  by 25 June 2020.

Proposals should include:
– Title of paper
– Name of speaker(s)
– Institutional affiliation
– An abstract of c. 300 words

The papers should not exceed 30 minutes in duration.

Conference Committee: Antonio Cascelli, Tim Carter, Laura Leante, Allan Moore, Christopher Morris, Emanuele Senici

Organizing Committee: Nicola Sani, Stefano Jacoviello, Susanna Pasticci

The conference is organized within the 2020 Chigiana Project, Reshaping the Traditions. The project aims to explore the impact of the concepts of tradition in contemporary music culture, combining educational opportunities, music production and scientific research.

We are aware that there are still uncertainties in the current scenario; we will constantly monitor the situation and the measures that the Italian and other governments put in place and we hope that by December 2020 it will be possible to travel, so that the conference may go ahead as planned and we can meet in Siena. However, if necessary, we will be running the conference online.

“Gendered Representations in 20th Century American Art & Culture” Conference 2020

Call for Papers!

We warmly welcome you all to a new LAHP student-led activities conference: Gendered Representations in 20th Century American Art & Culture. We are excited to bring you two days of thought-provoking discussions designed to showcase new and emerging approaches to the study of gender construction and identity in American culture, addressing how femininities and masculinities are explored through the modes of music, literature, art, and wider media and cultural apparatus. The aim of this conference is to bring together PhD students and early career academics within the field of American Studies across departmental boundaries, enabling them to share their research and engage in collaborative debates surrounding the role of gender in a culturally and socio-politically tumultuous period of American culture; the twentieth century.

The conference will be held on Wednesday 10th June and Thursday 11th June 2020 in the historical and cultural epicenter of London, at King’s College London’s Strand Campus.

We specifically aim to pose the question: how can examinations of creative practices and cultural products enable a deeper understanding of regionally determined expressions of gendered identity? Whether participants challenge current discourse surrounding gender and American Studies, or discuss the ways in which we as academics shape and pursue the intersection of such disciplines, we intend to create a space wherein interdisciplinary research is produced, debated, and assessed; our call for papers encourages exchange between diverse fields of interest.

Submissions may address, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Articulations of gender and race, class, age, ability, sexuality, etc. in American culture, i.e. literature, music, film, audience engagement, reception, and participation
  • Exclusion and gender inequalities in American culture 
  • Collaborative practices and the creation of community
  • Cultural and social histories

How to Participate:

We are looking for 15 to 20 minute presentations, which may include formats such as films, digital artworks, lecture performances, etc.

Please submit an abstract (up to 250 words) outlining the paper’s main arguments, format, and relevance to the conference theme. Submissions should also include your institutional affiliation, paper title, 3-4 keywords, a short biography (up to 100 words), and your contact details.

Email both the proposal and biography to genderinamericaconference@kcl.ac.uk by 23.59 GMT on Wednesday, 15th April 2020.

More information is available at kclgenderinamericaconference.wordpress.com, including registration details.

Costs: Participation in and attendance to the conference is free*.
*Please note that while there are potential bursaries for travel expenses, all participants are responsible for covering the majority of costs including possible visa expenses and accommodation.

Keynote Speakers:

We are thrilled to announce our two Keynote Speakers: Dr. Rona Cran, Lecturer in Twentieth-Century American Literature and Co-Director of the American & Canadian Studies Centre, and Assistant Professor Dr. Martin Lüthe, Assistant Professor of Culture.

Dr. Rona Cran
Lecturer in Twentieth-Century American Literature
Co-Director of the American & Canadian Studies Centre
University of Birmingham, UK

Rona Cran is Lecturer in Twentieth-Century American Literature at the University of Birmingham, where she is also Director of the Centre for American and Canadian Studies. She is the author of Collage in Twentieth-Century American Art, Literature, and Culture (Ashgate/Routledge, 2014). Her current book project is entitled Multiple Voices: New York City Poetry, 1950-1995; she is also compiling a new anthology of New York City poetry, City of the World: Poems of New York (Fordham University Press, 2021). She has written or is writing articles on New York poetry, American women poet-editors and the mimeograph revolution, Joe Brainard and John Ashbery, Allen Ginsberg and Frank O’Hara, Allen Ginsberg and collage, place, space and identity in Richard Yates, William Burroughs and eating, and William Burroughs and art.

Dr. Martin Lüthe
Assistant Professor
Department of Culture
Freie Universität Berlin (The Free University of Berlin), Germany

Martin Lüthe received his doctorate from the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture in Gießen. He is currently Einstein Junior fellow and assistant professor at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. Lüthe published the monographs “We Missed a Lot of Church, So the Music Is Our Confessional”: Rap and Religion (Lit Verlag, 2008) and Color-Line and Crossing-Over: Motown and Performances of Blackness in 1960s American Culture (WVT, 2011) and is working on a manuscript for Wire Writings: Media Change in the Culture of the Progressive Era.

Conference Organisers:

Sophia Sakellaridis Mangoura
PhD Candidate, Department of Music, King’s College London
Sophia Sakellaridis Mangoura is currently a PhD candidate in the Music Department at King’s College London supported by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership to pursue a thesis in Opera Studies. Previously, she completed her LLB and MSc in Political Science and Sociology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. She holds a Classical Vocal Studies Diploma from the Musical Horizons Conservatory in Athens and now performs as a Soprano. Her major academic interests are centered on gender studies, specialising in operatic femininities.

Robyn Shooter
PhD Candidate, Department of Music, King’s College London
Robyn Shooter is a current PhD student enrolled in the Music department at King’s College London (KCL), undertaking a thesis examining constructions of identity and authenticity in alternative country music. She has previously completed an MMus in Musicology and Ethnomusicology (KCL), an MA in Cultural and Creative Industries (KCL), and holds a BA (Hons) in Comparative Literature (Queen Mary University of London). Robyn’s research is informed by her interdisciplinary background, with interests including popular culture in the United States, countercultural movements in twentieth-century America and Europe, regional identity and the American South, and nostalgic readings of Americana cultural heritage.

The Motherland Resurrected: Manifestations of Nationalism in Music Since the End of the ‘Short Twentieth Century’.

POSTPONED – Due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, this symposium is rescheduled for 2021. Confirmation of new date and new submission deadline will follow.

Venue: Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge
Date: 15 May 2020
Submission Deadline: 24 March 2020
Keynote speaker: Dr Ilana Webster-Kogen (SOAS University of London)

This symposium invites academics, independent researchers, practitioners and post-graduate students from across the local community to explore and unpick how musical practices in the last thirty years have corresponded to and helped construct national self-identification, considering also how they may have problematised traditional conceptions of national identity.


Nationalism, among other concepts related to one’s identity with regard to ethnicity and the nation-state, is notoriously hard to define, as Benedict Anderson suggested in Imagined Communities (1983). Not long after Anderson’s infamous and thought-provoking publication, there was an upsurge of interest in nationalism in the early 1990s, following the revolutions of 1989, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the outbreak of nationalist wars in Yugoslavia and Rwanda.


It could be suggested that since the end of the Cold War, numerous detailed and thoughtful investigations into nationalism have somewhat exhausted the topic’s scholarly potential. Recent events and socio-political trends across the world, however, have seen new manifestations of nationalism that do not conform to conventional models. This suggests that nationalism is a persistent and dynamic phenomenon that needs continuous (re)investigation, with scholars and the media questioning if it is still on rise, whether the Second Cold War has begun or, in fact, whether the first one ever ended.


Thirty years after the 1989 revolutions, at a time when countries continue to write their controversial histories, we consider that it is the ideal moment to revisit the topic of nationalism and ask questions that take lessons from the past and critically analyse the present. Culture is the mirror of society and as music per se, unlike more verbal and visual art forms, lacks semantic meaning, it reflects its social situation in more subtle ways.

We encourage scholars across music studies to explore the relationship between nationalism and music, examining its potential for political mobilization and the causality between musical evocations of conceived national identity and political action and activism. We invite scholars, including those whose previous work is purely historical, to apply existing knowledge and methodologies to contemporary case studies of nationalism from all over the world. In so doing, this symposium aims to cultivate and nuance our understanding of how present and diverse political conditions and requirements are (re)defining conceptions of nationalism and how these are being mediated and problematised through various and disparate musical-cultural practices.


We invite proposals for individual or co-authored paper presentations and lecture recitals to musicandpolitics.cambridge2020@gmail.com. Please include a short biography of no more 150 words with your submission. The submission deadline is 24 March. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 31 March.


Guidelines for proposal submission:
Individual/co-authored paper presentations (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion) or lecture recitals (10 minutes lecture + 10 minutes recital + 10 minutes for discussion):
• Title and abstract of up to 300 words


If you are not interested in presenting but would still like to attend, please notify the organisers, Eirini Diamantouli and Ekaterina Pavlova, at musicandpolitics.cambridge2020@gmail.com.

Young Musicology Belgrade 2020. Shaping the Present by the Future: Ethno/musicology and Contemporaneity

The Institute of Musicology of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts is pleased to invite proposals from PhD students and researchers who have obtained their PhD degree no more than five years ago, for an international conference Young Musicology Belgrade 2020. Shaping the Present by the Future: Ethno/musicology and Contemporaneity. The conference is to be held at the Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences in Belgrade, from 24 to 26 September 2020.

With the idea of the crisis of humanities as our starting point, we ask the following question: what is the place of ethno/musicological thought in the contemporary world? The notion of contemporaneity, while constantly provoking theorization, provides us the opportunity to self-reflect and analyze our own methodologies, strategies and scientific challenges in the present moment. 

What is happening in ethno/musicology after modernist historicism and its postmodern critical self-examination in movements such as the New Ethno/musicology? Are the familiar methodologies still relevant, have they improved or changed, and in what ways? How can we establish fruitful inter/transdisciplinary collaborations between ethno/musicology and other humanities, social or natural sciences? What is the impact of technology and media in today’s musicology and ethnomusicology? These are just a few questions faced by the humanities by the contemporary world, and the aim of our conference is to draft possible answers by giving voice to the young experts in our fields.

We invite PhD students and young scholars to reflect upon these topics, and share their methodologies, experiences and challenges in dealing with various subjects of contemporary ethno/musicology. The starting points of our conference include, but are not limited to:

  • contemporary challenges in ethno/musicology;
  • methodology of contemporary ethno/musicology;
  • the future of ethno/musicology;
  • inter/trans-disciplinary collaborations;
  • ethno/musicology and technology;
  • ethno/musicology and media.

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Selena Rakočević (Department of Ethnomusicology, Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia)
  • Dr. David Beard (School of Music, Cardiff, UK)

Submission process

Please click on the following link to download the Application form:   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1V14Spc2WxeRQpAG9U1jSl-cuN7ilXAf3/view?usp=sharing.

The proposals should be sent to the Organizing Committee (youngmusicology2020@gmail.com) by April 1, 2020 (receipt of proposals will be acknowledged by email). We also encourage panel proposals; please provide a short description of the session in addition to individual abstracts and biographical notes.

Proposals will be reviewed by the conference committee and the results will be announced by May 1, 2020.

Conference fee: 30 Euros.

The official language of the conference is English.

For any further information please contact Organizing Committee.

Programme Committee:

Dr. Miloš Zapletal (Silesian University in Opava, Institute of Historical Sciences, Opava, Czech Republic)

Dr. des. David Vondráček (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany)

Dr. Veselka Tončeva (Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies, Sofia, Bulgaria)

Dr. Michael Fuhr (University of Hildesheim, Center for World Music, Hildesheim, Germany)

Dr. Ivana Tomić Ferić (Arts Academy University of Split, Split, Croatia)

Dr. Jelena Novak (CESEM, NOVA University, Lisbon, Portugal)

Dr. Ana Hofman (Institute of Culture and Memory Studies ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Dr. Lidia Ader (The Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Memorial Museum-Apartment, St. Petersburg, Russia)

Dr. Dragana Stojanović-Novičić (Faculty of Music, University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia)

Dr. Iva Nenić (Faculty of Music, University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia)

Dr. Katarina Tomašević (Institute of Musicology SASA, Belgrade, Serbia)

Dr. Ivana Medić (Institute of Musicology SASA, Belgrade, Serbia)

Dr. Danka Lajić Mihajlović (Institute of Musicology SASA, Belgrade, Serbia)

Dr. Srđan Atanasovski (Institute of Musicology SASA, Belgrade, Serbia)

Dr. Marija Dumnić Vilotijević (Institute of Musicology SASA, Belgrade, Serbia)

Dr. Ivana Vesić (Institute of Musicology SASA, Belgrade, Serbia)

*Young Musicology Belgrade is the third conference in the series that began with the Young Musicology Prague conference, organized by Department of Music History, Institute of Ethnology, of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in 2016, and followed by the Young Musicology Munich conference in 2018 that was held at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.

Radio and the Sound of Modernism

12 June 2020

POSTPONED TO AUTUMN 2020

School of Music, University of Leeds

The early years of radio broadcasting coincide with a high point for aesthetic modernism in literature, film and music: this conference explores how the radio has served as both its medium and muse. Having once been considered a ‘forgotten medium’, as Edward Pease and Everette Dennis put it (Pease and Dennis, 1995), the intervening twenty-five years have witnessed a resurgence of interest in the radio, particularly in the emerging disciplines of radio studies and sound studies. In musicology, too, the radio has been examined as an institutional setting for the experimentation of, for example, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (Niebur, 2010) and composers of elektronische Musik at the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (Iverson, 2019). Taking radio as a focus for the study of musical modernism allows several different contemporary methodologies to be brought into conversation, from science and technology studies and actor-network theory to recent theorizations of “vernacular” or “popular” modernisms (Lacey, 2018; Nemmers, 2017) and sound studies’ concern for the political valences of listening (Radano and Olaniyan, 2016).

This conference seeks to bring together scholars from such established and emerging disciplines and provide a platform for new research on radio, modernism, and technological cultures of listening more broadly, from the birth of radio to the post-war era.

We invite proposals for papers (20 minutes with 5–10 minutes for questions) and organised sessions (three thematically linked papers, totalling 90 minutes) on topics including but not limited to:

  *   Institutional relationships between radio and musical or literary modernism;
  *   Literary, filmic and musical representations of the radio and radio listening;
  *   Modernist aesthetics and the technological affordances of radio;
  *   Radio, modernism and empire, nation, region;
  *   Radio, modernism and the high/low culture divide;
  *   Radio, modernism and the aesthetics of sensation;
  *   Radio as musical instrument in aleatory music and beyond.

Titles and abstracts of 250 words should be sent as a PDF, Word Doc, or Google Doc to radioandmodernism2020@gmail.com by 5 September 2020. Include your name and institutional affiliation, if applicable. Please specify in the proposal if you have technical requirements beyond audio-visual playback. Submissions will be anonymised when reviewed. Accepted participants will be notified by 12 September 2020.

https://radioandthesoundofmodernism.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/

Narrating Musicology: Reviewing the History/Histories of Musicology

Institute of Musicology, University of Bern, October 1st – 4th 2020

In November 1996, a musicological colloquium was held at University of Bern under the title Musikwissenschaft – eine verspätete Disziplin? (‘Musicology – a Delayed Discipline?’). The discussions and outcomes that took place were then published four years later in an anthology of the same title, edited by Anselm Gerhard. The aim of both the conference and the publication was to focus less on specific key people or institutions, and instead foreground general tendencies within the history of musicology: from its beginning in the late 19th century until the time of publication and with a scope also beyond the German-speaking world. Even if relatively late, this approach proved essential for considering the history of the musicological discipline as an object of study in itself.
More than twenty years later, and in light of the upcoming 100 years’ anniversary of the Institute of Musicology, Bern, which will take place in 2021, we now take the opportunity to once again reflect on these issues:
– What is the current state of the history of musicology as a discipline?
– How has the reflection on musicology changed current research as well as teaching contents?
– Can musicology still be understood as a “delayed discipline”?
Traditionally, musicology has been divided into three strands: historical musicology, systematic musicology and ethnomusicology. Additionally, related subjects – such as music theory and music pedagogy – have had an important impact on current research on the history of the discipline. The result of this, however, is that multiple and at times even isolated histories of musicology have developed. This conference focuses on these various narratives and aims at encouraging an inter- as well as intra-disciplinary dialogue.
The Bernese colloquium twenty years ago focused on the field of tension in musicology “between belief in progress and rejection of modernity”. The discrepancy between international orientation and national chauvinist tendencies, which were both present in the 1990s, were also addressed. The present conference asks, however, is this still the case today? It further queries whether the disclosure of the various narratives, as well as the culturally specific contradictions within the various sub-disciplines have changed the self-perception of musicology as a whole. How important are national factors in shaping the principal focus of the discipline’s history nowadays? This conference focuses on the various narratives that have evolved within our field and questions the motivations which have led to these various regional histories. Therefore, the focus shall be extended beyond Western academic perspectives to a more global, and thus multifaceted approach.
Another important aspect of this conference is the question of why we should study the history of our discipline at all.
– What kind of interaction is at play when on the one hand we focus on disciplinary self-reflection and on the other, on our objects of study?
– What are the objects of study of the history of academic disciplines?
–  On the topic of musicology’s protagonists: who is responsible for narrating the histories of musicology?
–  Is the historiography of disciplines an area of study where methodological and content-related interpretation can be applied?
– How much power do various institutions have in shaping and constructing the narratives surrounding musicology?
–  What roles do these narratives play in shaping the identities of scientists, institutions and various schools of thought?
– How can musicologists deal with the history of musicology in the digital age?
The conference aims to provide a platform where discussions can happen across different generations and between the various sub-disciplines of musicology, music theory and music pedagogy.
The conference’s core-topics are:
– Reflections on the various histories within musicology (regional, national and international, as well as inter- and intra-disciplinary practice)
– The interaction between musicology’s self-reflexion and our objects of study (protagonists, methods, institutions, the digital age)
We invite you to send your proposals (max. 300 words) for one of the following categories: individual papers (20 minutes plus 10 minutes of discussion);  Panels (3 related papers of 1.5 hours in total); Poster presentations;  Roundtables (4 shorter presentations of 15 minutes each plus a chaired discussion; 2 hours in total); Presentation of films, audio or other media.
Please submit your abstracts to narratingmusicology@musik.unibe.ch by the 16th of February 2020. Proposals will be evaluated anonymously and should therefore not contain the names of the authors. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of March 2020.
Further information:
www.narratingmusicology.home.blog

Archaeology of Soundscapes and Soundscapes for Archaeology. EAA 2020.

Call for Papers: Archaeology of Soundscapes and Soundscapes for Archaeology
26th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA)
Budapest, Hungary, 26–30 August 2020

You are cordially invited to present your research in the session “Archaeology of Soundscapes and Soundscapes for Archaeology” in the 26th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) in Budapest, Hungary, 26–30 August 2020. Please submit your paper abstract (150–300 words) by 13 February 2020 via the EAA website: https://submissions.e-a-a.org/eaa2020/. General information about the conference, venue, fees and detailed guidelines can be found on: https://www.e-a-a.org/eaa2020
Please forward this invitation to anyone you think may be interested. If you have any questions, please email one the session organisers: Raquel Jimenez (raquel.jimenez@uva.es), Margarita Díaz-Andreu (m.diaz-andreu@ub.edu) Rupert Till (R.Till@hud.ac.uk)

Session #124: Archaeology of Soundscapes and Soundscapes for Archaeology
Theme 5. Theories and methods in archaeology: interactions between disciplines

Abstract:
Soundscapes – both natural and human – are an important study for those interested in the past. Ethnomusicologists have shown that soundscapes can shape cultural knowledge, including not only musical aesthetics and symbolic meanings associated with sound, but also religious beliefs, memories, emotions, and even social behaviours. In natural landscapes, human beings are surrounded by a rich sonic cosmos in which to create, reinforce, or contest their world views. Moreover, anthropic soundscapes delineate human cultures and are able to mark time, frame ritual contexts, establish borders in the landscape, reinforce or separate cultural identities, and even define sacredness, power, and prestige. Music archaeology and archaeoacoustics have laid the methodological basis for reflecting on the possibilities of unveiling past anthropic soundscapes and musical and acoustic behaviours, as well as the relations of these with both ecology and culture.

For this session, we welcome proposals that reflect on the importance of soundscapes in past and present cultures and examine different methodological and theoretical approaches to the study and reconstruction of past soundscapes through for example archaeoacoustics, archaeological finds, iconographies, written sources and ethnographic comparisons. We also encourage discussions about ancient musical instruments and their relation to both natural sounds and acoustics, along with their presence in anthropic soundscapes. Presentations on projects dealing with the use of sounds, music or reconstructed soundscapes in the dissemination of archaeological heritage will be also welcomed. In particular, we would like to receive proposals for papers that reflect on the possibilities of enhancing the experiences and involvement of visitors to archaeological contexts through sound. Finally, we also invite ethnomusicologists to share their reflections on the interactions of soundscapes and culture, such as the presence of acoustic phenomena in myths, the use of particular acoustic conditions in rituals, or the creation of ritual soundscapes.

Rupert Till (and Raquel Jiménez and Margarita Díaz-Andreu)

Prof. Rupert Till PhD FHEA CMgr MCMI
Professor of Music
Associate Dean for International
School of Music, Humanities and Media
Department of Music and Drama
University of Huddersfield | Queensgate | Huddersfield | HD1 3DH
http://www.hud.ac.uk/ourstaff/profile/index.php?staffuid=smusrt
http://rupertchill.wordpress.com

Music and Change Before and After 1990

Baltic Musicological Conference 2020

MUSIC AND CHANGE BEFORE AND AFTER 1990

Vilnius, 10–12 September 2020

CALL for papers to balticconference2020@lmta.lt by 15 March 2020

  • Organized by the Department of Music History at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, the Lithuanian-Polish research project “Music of Change: Expression of Liberation in Polish and Lithuanian Music Before and After 1989” and the Musicological Section of the Lithuanian Composers’ Union

The employment of music as a form of cultural opposition and transformative power is a multifunctional process that implies an extension of the thematic and disciplinary borders to the complex relations of the music’s cultural, socio-economic, and political contexts. However, such approach requires to provide a space for deep engagements in music and its various worlds overcoming a simplified understanding of musical practices as a reflection of social structures and political processes. As Jacques Attali writes on the relationship between music and societal structures, music “makes audible the new world that will gradually become visible, that will impose itself and regulate the order of things; it is not only the image of things, but the transcending of the everyday, the herald of the future” (Attali 1985).

Baltic Singing Revolution – “revolution by singing and smiling” (Heinz Valk 1988) – is a widely known example of the public expressive cultural practice which had a stimulating effect on cultural imagination and political change. Remembering the year 1990, so important but not limited to national histories of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, the Baltic musicological conference 2020 aims to acquire new knowledge and a deeper understanding of the ways in which the musical expression of liberation and musicians’ networks contributed to political and cultural change before and after the end of the Cold War. In what ways the musical practices contributed to formation, negotiation and transformation of sociocultural identities and changing collectivities? What has been the relationship between the processes of cultural and political change before and after 1990? What were prominent ideas, landmark cultural texts and influential individuals who have had a formative and transformative power in these processes? To address these issues, as well as any other questions and topics related to the 20th–21st-century music and change in the widest sense, we invite the proposals for the Baltic musicological conference 2020, to be held at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in Vilnius 10–12 September 2020. The conference will include international guest speakers Kevin C. Karnes (Emory University), Olga Manulkina (St Petersburg State University), Gintautas Mažeikis (Vytautas Magnus University) and Peter J. Schmelz (Arizona State University).

Academic committee

Małgorzata Janicka-Słysz (Academy of Music in Kraków), Kevin C. Karnes (Emory University), Olga Manulkina (St Petersburg State University), Lina Navickaitė-Martinelli (Lithuanian Composers’ Union), Rima Povilionienė (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre), Peter J. Schmelz (Arizona State University), Iwona Sowińska-Fruhtrunk (Academy of Music in Kraków), Rūta Stanevičiūtė (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre)

Local organizing committee

Zita Abramavičiūtė, Ingrida Jasonienė, Lina Navickaitė-Martinelli, Rima Povilionienė (vice-chair), Rima Rimšaitė, Rūta Stanevičiūtė (chair), Judita Žukienė

Submission

The conference language is English. There will be two options: individual papers and panels (of 3 or 4 presenters).

  • Papers: We invite abstracts of no longer than 300 words, including keywords and an optional list of references (max 10). Individual paper presentations are 20 minutes long to be followed by 10 minutes of discussion.
  • Panels: The panel organizer should submit the panel abstract and all individual abstracts (300 words each) in one document, with a full list of participant names and email addresses. 

Please submit proposals as a doc/odt/rtf attachment to balticconference2020@lmta.lt by 15 March 2020. The following format should be used:

  • Name, affiliation and contact email address
  • Type of presentation (select one from: panel, individual paper)
  • Title of presentation
  • Abstract (300 words maximum; in the case of panels, include a general abstract followed by individual abstracts, in total 1200 words maximum)
  • Keywords (5 maximum)
  • References (optional, 10 maximum)
  • CV (100 words maximum; in case of panels, CVs of all participants)

Accepted speakers will be informed by mid-April 2020.

The conference registration fee both for Oral Presenters and Non-Presenters/Listeners – 30 EUR, student registration fee – 15 EUR, onsite payment.

The fee includes attendance to the conference sessions, conference material, coffee breaks and conference reception, social program events.

Information about registration and accommodation will be sent after acceptance of proposals.

The selected papers will be invited for publication in the international peer-reviewed scientific journal “Lithuanian Musicology” (indexed in SCOPUS, EBSCO, RILM).

The conference organizers look forward to receiving your submissions!

More info:

Prof. Dr. Rima Povilionienė

balticconference2020@lmta.lt

Religion and Magnificence – Music and Ceremonies at the European Courts in 17th and 18th Centuries

Call for Papers

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Religion and magnificence – music and ceremonies at the European courts in 17th and 18th centuries.

Queluz National Palace (Lisbon, Portugal)

July 3rd – 5th, 2020

Organization:

Divino Sospiro – Centro de Estudos Musicais Setecentistas de Portugal 

Scientific Committee:

Cristina Fernandes, Francesco Cotticelli, Giuseppina Raggi, José Camões,

Iskrena Yordanova, Paologiovanni Maione, Ricardo Bernardes 

DS-CEMSP 8th International Conference is going to be held from July 3rd through July 5th, 2020 at the National Palace of Queluz (Portugal). This year the event is dedicated to the phenomenon of religious ceremonies at the European courts and palaces during the ancient régime. These demonstrations of magnificence had the function to represent the royal power through the image of piety, moral stance, divine favour and order, and often included musical and theatrical forms of presentation. The conference aims to promote a multidisciplinary dialogue on topics which explore different aspects of religious manifestations at court and the uses of music in the theatralization of royal ceremonies and rituals, calling for the participation of researchers of various areas of studies. Topics as following will be considered:

  • The Royal Chapels and their activity
  • Religious music and representation of the royal power
  • Repertoires, performance practice, dissemination and adaptation of genres across Europe
  • Ceremonial, liturgy and music
  • Oratorios at European courts and noble palaces
  • The court and the city: religious festivals and processions 

Scholars are invited to submit individual proposals with the maximum length of 20 minutes per paper. Session proposals will be accepted as well: a maximum of three or four papers will be taken into consideration, and the session should not exceed 1h30. 

A selection of the presented papers will be published in our book series Cadernos de Queluz.

Official languages of the conference are Portuguese, English, Italian and Spanish.
Abstracts in Word format (.doc), should not exceed 300 words.

Please enclose in the same file brief curriculum vitae of 150 words max., providing your name and surname, postal address, e-mail and telephone number, as well as your institutional affiliation.

Deadline for sending abstracts is March 15th, 2020

E-mail: cemsp@sapo.pt

Web: https://www.divinosospiro.org/cemsp.html

The scientific board will examine all abstracts by March 29th, 2020 and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter.