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Musical and Theatrical Migrations 2022 : Musical and Theatrical Migrations: Performance Practice in 17th and 18th - Century Europe Musical and Theatrical Migrations: Performance Practice in 17th and 18th - Century Europe


When Jul 8, 2022 - Jul 10, 2022
Where Queluz National Palace (Lisbon), Portuga
Submission Deadline Mar 1, 2022
Categories    musicology   transfer   performance practice   migration

Call For Papers

International Conference

Queluz National Palace, July 8th - 10th, 2022

Divino Sospiro – Centro de Estudos Musicais Setecentistas de Portugal (DS-CEMSP)
Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles (CMBV)

Scientific Committee:
Barbara Nestola, Iskrena Yordanova,
José Camões, Paologiovanni Maione, Thomas Leconte

The 10th international conference at the Queluz National Palace is organized by DSCEMSP
in partnership with CMBV, in the context of the Saison France-Portugal –
Temporada Portugal-França promoted by the Institut Français and the Portuguese Prime
Minister. The circulation and the international exchange of composers, librettists, singers, musicians, theatrical architects, costume designers in 17th and 18th -century Europe modified the taste, creating new artistic expressions. Over the last decades this
phenomenon has raised the attention of some important studies in the musicological field
which brought new perspectives to understand the influences exerted by these transnational movements. Considering the similarities of both institutions, which share
the combination of research in music and theatre and performance studies and practice,
the organizers intend to propose a conference aimed to contribute to improve the dialogue about the musical and theatrical migrations of the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe, with a focus on specific matters concerning the performance practice and its development.
Investigations will also have to place emphasis on existing cultural ties between France
and Portugal within the proposed temporal frame, either directly, or indirectly through
the influences of third countries such as the Italian states, Austria, or other Mediterranean countries. Another primary aim of the conference is to concentrate the attention on the phenomenon of the contemporary circulation of the baroque repertoire.

1. Transnational movements of musical and theatrical repertoires and artists
(composers, singers, musicians, actors, scenographers, etc.). The reasons and
forms for the adaptation to new contexts: aesthetical, linguistical, pragmatical
circumstances and specific approach to the foreign realities.
2. The circulation of repertoires and artists between principal and peripheric centres
of musical and theatrical production (and vice-versa), and how the artistic
creation was adapted to specific performative spaces, according to the existing
artistic, technical, political, or social differences.
3. The diplomacy as cultural outpost. Often artistic strategies destined to leave a
legacy in the history of music and theatre, were defined through the exchanges of
couriers. Ministers favored or promoted careers, made pieces of repertoire
available to other audiences, and even supported practitioners in their difficult
travels by planning profitable tours. They stood behind extraordinary artists and
protected with their authority many stage performers, and carefully observed the
cultural and musical life of the countries where they resided, transmitting precious
4. The musical training abroad: how the circulation of young artists, who received
musical education in the main European centres, was influencing and changing
the taste in their homeland.
5. Contemporary migrations of baroque and classical repertoire, exploring the
circulation and adaptation to different publics in the global world, including the
transcontinental migrations.

Scholars are invited to submit individual proposals. Each paper shall not exceed 20
minutes. 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.
Official languages of the conference are Portuguese, French, English, Italian and
Abstracts in Word format (.doc), should not exceed 300 words.
Please enclose in the same file a 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. Please indicate to which topic your proposal belongs.

Deadline for sending abstracts is March 1st, 2022


The scientific board will examine all the abstracts by March 10th, 2022 and contributors
will be informed immediately thereafter.

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