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PROFMUS 2022 : Music as a profession: status, careers and organizations (18th-20th centuries)


When Jun 30, 2022 - Jul 1, 2022
Where Lisbon, Portugal
Submission Deadline Mar 20, 2022
Notification Due Apr 5, 2022
Categories    music   musicology   history   social sciences

Call For Papers

International Conference

New University of Lisbon - NOVA/FCSH (CAN - Colégio Almada Negreiros)
30 June and 1 July, 2022

PROFMUS – To be a musician in Portugal: the social and professional condition of musicians in Lisbon (1750-1985)

Keynote Speakers:
Élodie Oriol (École française de Rome, Italia)
Martin Cloonan (Director of the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS), University of Turku, Finland)


The research project PROFMUS – To be a musician in Portugal: the social and professional condition of musicians in Lisbon (1750-1985), funded by FCT (PTDC/ART-PER/32624/2017), invites the submission of paper proposals for the international conference Music as a Profession: Status, Careers and Organizations (18th-20th centuries), which will take place at the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas - Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Colégio Almada Negreiros), on 31 June and 1 July 2022.
The historical importance of musicians’ professional organizations for the definition of their careers and social status, as well as their impact on society's perception of musicians and their activities has received increasing attention from Musicologists, and also from disciplines such as Sociology and History. However, research on these subjects is still insufficient and unsystematic. The international conference Music as a Profession: Status, Careers and Organizations (18th-20th centuries) aims to encourage dialogue and exchange on these issues and related topics in an international and long-term perspective, through different scientific approaches.

The scientific committee encourages submissions within the following topics:
- Social and professional status of musicians in different geographical, political, social and cultural contexts
- The impact of training models on careers and access to the profession
- The status of the musician through the ages
- Labour relations and musicians' employment contracts
- Gender stereotypes associated with music professions
- Women and musical professions
- The construction of masculinity through the exercise of musical professions
- Circulation and mobility of musicians
- Local musicians vs. Foreign musicians
- Material conditions of the daily life of professional musicians
- Professional Organizations: brotherhoods, confraternities, academies, mutual benefit associations, class associations, trade unions
- Musicians as seen by society/Musicians as seen by themselves: perceptions and representations

Scholars are invited to submit proposals for individual papers which shall not exceed 20 minutes.
Abstracts should not exceed 300 words, and should be accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae of 150 words max. This should include name, e-mail address and institutional affiliation.
Proposals should be sent via email to:

Official Languages: Portuguese, English, Italian, Spanish and French.

Deadline for submissions: 20 March 2022 (inclusive). The results of the evaluation will be communicated by 5 April 2022.

More information:

Scientific Committee
Cristina Fernandes (INET-md)
Luísa Cymbron (CESEM)
Manuel Deniz Silva (INET-md)
Maria Alexandre Lousada (CEG-UL)
Maria José Artiaga (CESEM)
Rui Vieira Nery (INET-md)
Teresa Cascudo (UNIRIOJA)

Organizing Committee
Cristina Fernandes (INET-md)
Isabel Pina (CESEM)
Manuel Deniz Silva (INET-md)
Tiago Manuel da Hora (INET-md)

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