4th Transnational Opera Studies Conference Bayreuth, June 24–26, 2021
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;