CFP: Phantoms of the opera: Music and performance on screen
Deadline: 2 April 2018
Conference: 15-17 June 2018
Barbican Cinema and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, UK

This conference will be the culminating event in a three-year research networking project funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Our aim has been to trace the routes and mechanisms by which the novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra (Gaston Leroux, 1909-10) evolved from a collection of clichés about a particular institution at a particular time in the late nineteenth century into a global cultural phenomenon and, especially, a number of different screen traditions in the twentieth.

This CFP seeks to bring into dialogue international and interdisciplinary perspectives on the mediation of various kinds of musical-theatrical performance through criticism, fiction, adaptation, cinema, television and the internet, and on the various kinds of cultural transfer involved. ‘Musical-theatrical’ should be understood broadly here, to include genres ranging from opera to cabaret and beyond.

Proposals for 20-minute papers on any aspect of the subject, and from any disciplinary perspective, are welcome, as well as proposals for other kinds of presentation (conference panel, masterclass, practice as research, etc.). For more background on the project, and for a list of topics we are particularly interested in discussing, see

The conference will run alongside a programme of screenings and talks on the subject at the Barbican Cinema (details to be published shortly). It is anticipated that some of the papers presented at the conference will be published in the form of a collection of essays. The language of the conference will be English.

Please enter an abstract (250-300 words) and a brief professional biog (50-100 words) including institutional affiliation and publications, if any, into this Google form by 2 April 2018. Questions? Write to Almudena Castro, almudena.castro -at-


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