Conference: Performing Music History

Date:   May 9-11, 2019

Venue:   Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg

CfP Deadline: October 15, 2018

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Music history is a matter of research, it is a matter of novels, films, comics or computer games. Also: Music history is subject matter to music theater. Music theater deals with a broad spectrum of music history, spanning from the medieval troubadours to the present creations of Pop, Rock, Jazz and New Music. Furthermore, music history on stage is an international phenomenon that can be found in Europe, as well as for example the US, Japan or South America.


Initially, the conference will start out asking how historiographical music theater tells its stories, using composition, interpretation, performance, words or images. What distinguishes this inter-medial form of music historiography? And how does it relate to music historiography in other media? What narrative strategies and practices characterize music histories on stage? How do elements of music theater (music, acting, dance, costume and stage design etc.) construct conceptions of history and how does the audience experience this?


Please send us a proposal (max. 250 words) for a talk, including a short biography no later than October 15, 2018 at Dr. Anna Langenbruch (anna.langenbruch -at- We will issue a reply until November 2018.


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