Historical Performance Institute calls for papers: second-annual international conference

The Historical Performance Institute of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music invites the submission of abstracts for its second-annual international conference – Historical Performance: Theory, Practice, and Interdisciplinarity – to be convened 19-21 May 2017, on the IU Bloomington campus.

The three-day event will bring together scholar-performers (and performer-scholars) to present new research findings and hypotheses, engage in conversation, and consider emergent areas in historical performance research. Scholars and practitioners working within arts or humanities disciplines adjacent to the field of music are particularly encouraged to contribute.

Plenary speakers to include:
Margaret Bent (All Souls College, Oxford)
Davitt Moroney (University of California, Berkeley)
Laurie Stras (University of Southampton)
Claire Holden, Eric Clarke (University of Oxford)
* Holden/Clarke C19th Performance Practice Project – learn more
Nick Wilson (King’s College, London) – learn more
Guest speakers/performers:
Kenneth Slowik (Smithsonian Institution)
Catalina Vicens (Leiden University)
Convened by Jacobs Professor Dana Marsh (Director, Historical Performance Institute)

Margaret Bent

Davitt Moroney













Please send abstracts via email with the subject line – HPI Conference Abstract – to Mr Sung Lee (hpi@indiana.edu) no later than February 25, 2017. Receipt of all submissions will be acknowledged, with final notifications sent by March 3. Abstracts may focus on any subject germane to historical performance practice, from the Middle Ages through to the early-twentieth century, including but not limited to:

• Interdisciplinary studies
• Memory and improvisation
• Gaps/links between historical literature/theory and modern interpretation
• Source studies and methodology
• Early music theory: interpretation and performance
• Unnotated elements of style and practice
• Anniversary studies – e.g., Monteverdi, Isaac, the Lutheran Reformation, etc.
• Organology
• Performance practice and early recorded sound
• Ethnography and critical theory in historical performance research
• HIP: modern relevance, entrepreneurship, and cultural production

Especially welcome will be abstracts (maximum 250 words) that are cogent and concise, intelligible to non-specialists, and

• put forward an evidence-based argument with particular relevance to performance practice procedures;
• take fully into account previous research linked with the topic at hand;
• articulate the broader implications and significance of the argument for historical performance research and practice more generally.

Submissions will be screened anonymously. Accepted papers may be considered for publication in the second annual issue of the journal, Historical Performance, IU Press, 2018.

This conference is open to the public and free of charge, thanks to the generous support of the Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study, and the Jacobs School of Music.

The inaugural conference program (May 2016) can be viewed by clicking here.

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