Historical Performance Institute calls for papers for May conference

The Historical Performance Institute at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is calling for papers for its May 20-22 conference, “Historical Performance: Theory, Practice and Interdisciplinarity.”

This three-day conference will bring together leading scholar-practitioners to examine and anticipate key issues of historical performance in the twenty-first century. Especially welcome are presentations offering research generative of new insights into performance procedures. Scholars whose work extends beyond the field of music are encouraged to contribute. Results and proceedings will launch a new annual peer-reviewed journal, Historical Performance, published by Indiana University Press.

Abstracts (200-word maximum) will be accepted which deal with any area of historical performance, especially:

  • Improvisation
  • Interpretation: connecting theory and practice
  • Reassessment of established paradigms
  • The early music movement, then and now
  • Interpretation and early recorded sound
  • Curricula: integration of academic and applied music in higher education
  • Interdisciplinarity and new frontiers in research
Keynote speaker John Butt

Keynote speaker John Butt

Please send abstracts via email with subject line “HPI abstract” to Sung Lee at hpi@indiana.edu no later than Feb. 15, to be forwarded for anonymous review. Notifications will be sent by Feb. 26.

A partial list of confirmed guest speakers includes John Butt (keynote address), Clive Brown, Georgina Born, Magnus Williamson, Philippe Canguilhem, Julie Cumming, Edward Higginbottom, Kenneth Slowik, Angela Mariani, Adam Gilbert, George Barth and Steven Plank. The conveners are Jacobs professors Wendy Gillespie and Dana Marsh.

The discipline of historical performance focuses equally on research and performance. Accordingly, it mediates the links and gaps between theory and practice. It takes an interdisciplinary approach to the musical evidence through early instrumental and vocal pedagogy; literary, linguistic, religious and cultural history; rhetoric, visual art, dance, drama, aesthetics, iconography, organography, paleography and philosophy, among other areas and subdisciplines. From historical performance’s beginnings, interdisciplinary dialogue has been fundamental to the greater development of the field.

The conference is supported by the Indiana University New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities program and the Jacobs School of Music.

Click here for a PDF copy of this call for papers.

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