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.

Società Italiana Di Musicologia. 26th Annual Conference

Matera, Conservatorio di musica “Egidio Romualdo Duni” – Università della Basilicata 18-20 October 2019

The 26th Annual Conference of the Società Italiana di Musicologia (SIdM) will take place in Matera, European Capital of Culture 2019, in collaboration with the Conservatory of Music “Egidio Romualdo Duni”and the Basilicata University from 18 to 20 October 2019. The annual member’s meeting will take place during the conference.
Scholars from all over the world are invited to submit their paper proposals. Every topic in the field of musicological studies is welcomed.
The abstract (no more than 30 lines) should indicate the title of the proposed paper, the state of the art for in the chosen research field, an outline of the project and its specific contribution to the current knowledge.
Along with the text please send also a short CV (max 15 lines) and indicate the A/V equipment required. Please provide your full name, address, phone number, fax number and e-mail address.
Scholars are not allowed to send more than one abstract.
The paper shall not exceed 20 minutes in duration (corresponding to an 8-page text containing to a maximum of 16000 characters). Preference will be given to the proposals of scholars who did not take part in the previous SIdM conference. Please send the proposals to the e-mail address segreteria@sidm.it
All proposal must be received no later than 15th June 2019. Acceptance of papers will be notified by 10th July 2019. For further information about the conference please visit the web site: http://www.sidm.it.

Symposium and Workshop: South African Opera Productions after the Apartheid

Venue: Universität Bayreuth

Date:   18th– 19th October 2018

Call for Papers:

Deadline: 15th August 2018

With the end of the Apartheid era, opera – stigmatized as ‘eurocentric opera’ – became a symbol of Western dominance/colonial imposition and seemed to be dead in South Africa.

But in fact, especially the so called ‘indigenous opera’ ‘flourishes’ as something of an anachronism and can be assessed as ‘black empowerment’ (Naomi André 2018).

The writing of a historiography of opera productions in South Africa although has academically just shortly started (Donato Somma 2016; Hilde Roos 2013, 2010; Martina Viljoen 2006) and is confronted with problems of different natures: political structures, post-colonization, globalization, unstable artistic standards and institutional relations.

The ‘bloom’ of opera presents itself neither through regular performances nor through crowded theatre halls. This is a consequence of the difficult political relations of artistic production in South Africa, which are among others characterized by a lack of funding and the re-organization of the Performing Arts Councils/ National Arts Councils. The existing significant multiple theatricalities of South Africa are thereby not having a platform to present themselves. The market pressure results often in overseas productions financing the few performances in the country itself. Thereby putting itself on risk to confirm with their opera productions transferred expectations of a South African identity rather than expressing an ‘authentic’ one.

This symposium will focus on South African Opera productions. Thereby the aim of the symposium is to represent the plurality of artistic concepts that deal in different ways with the multiple challenges of political and social transformation. How can opera in South Africa be involved in the process of societal transformation in a post-apartheid society? Which new artistic concepts are needed? How does themes for the libretti change? How did language, the style of composition and orchestration transform? Which new locations for performances are found to involve new audiences? How did the aesthetics change? And how are new media used either for a new aesthetic of performances, as with e.g. ‘Lamento’ (Umculo) or ‘U-Carmen eKhayelitsha’ (Isango Ensemble), or for marketing purposes?

For the first day of the symposium presentations shall focus on one opera productions. To ‘map’ the plurality of the field presentations are invited that cover one of the following topics.

  1. South African opera productions
  • Operas of different opera companies and composers
  • Different locations of opera performances (opera house, township, film)
  • Aesthetics of the opera opus itself
  • Analysis of compositions, libretti & performances

With Prof. Dr. Naomi André (University Michigan, USA), Dr. Donato Somma (University of Witwatersrand, SA) and Dr. Lena van der Hoven (among others) some experts in the field are invited. They will present on ‘Winnie – The Opera’ (Bongani Ndodana-Breen), ‘Princess Magogo’ (Opera Africa, Mzilikazi Khumalo), ‘Heart of Redness’ (Cape Town Opera, Neo Muyanga) and ‘Romeo’s Passion’ (Umculo, Cathy Milliken).

The workshop on the second day will cover transformation processes of Opera production in South Africa focusing on the following topics:

  • Opera institutions & opera companies
  • Finances/ Funding
  • Audiences
  • Marketing
  • Political impact

Abstracts (max. 2000 characters) for 20 minutes papers along with the technical requirements for the talk and a short CV with contact details should be sent by 15th August 2018 to Lena van der Hoven (Lena.van-der-Hoven@uni-bayreuth.de). Contributions from both the humanities and social sciences are welcome (Musicology, Theatre Studies, History, Cultural Studies, Sociology). Early career researchers in particular are encouraged to contribute. The chosen speakers will be informed by 31th August 2018 and the conference programme published online at http://www.prof-musikwissenschaft.uni-bayreuth.de/de/index.html .

 

 

Sounds Between: a one-day festival exploring interdisciplinary encounters in music composition

Wednesday 7th December PATS Studio 1 and Ivy Arts Centre, University of Surrey, 10.15 – 9pm. Tickets are free but advance booking is recommended http://www.surrey.ac.uk/arts/music/sounds-between

’Sounds Between’ focuses on the places where music and other disciplines interact. Four specially commissioned works from squib-box, Jamie Hamliton/Dom Czapski, Jan Lee and Rodrigo Camacho/Sara Rodriguez explore a broad terrain of ideas: the perception of meaning and mass media, the strange attractions of digital avatars, how dancers become musicians in order to ‘play’ a space, and the formation of cultural identity in London’s Hatcham (New Cross).

Surrounding these premieres are contributions from leading artists, researchers and industry figures: Susanna Eastburn (Chief Executive of Sound and Music) leads a panel discussion on drivers and obstacles to interdisciplinary work in music composition, Jason Freeman shows how online networks can enable realtime, participatory music making, and Matteo Fargion and Jonathan Burrows perform work from their extensive back catalogue of sound/movement pieces. A workshop from Michael Picknett exploring theatrical devising techniques in composition and an installation by Scott Mc Laughlin (as well as plenty of opportunities for networking) complete the day.

‘Sounds Between’ is presented by Music Composition as Interdisciplinary Practice. MCIP is an AHRC-funded research network of artists, artistic researchers and scholars. Over the past year we have been commissioning, sharing and reflecting on music composition as a nexus of different disciplines. We have held a one-day seminar at Oxford Brookes University and a two-day symposium at the University of York. Through these events and through artists’ documentation of the commissioned pieces we have looked for insights into how such approaches to composition reflect different kinds of interdisciplinarity, how interdisciplinarity is facilitated ‘on the ground’ and how understandings of creativity might contribute to and be re-evaluated by the study of such work. ‘Sounds Between’ brings the practice that has underpinned the network into wider public view. The diversity within the programme reflects the phenomenon we are studying; it will appeal to those interested in experimental music, performance, multimedia, installation, dance and theatre practices, or simply curious to hear and see a snapshot of composers working between disciplines today.