Symposium and Workshop: South African Opera Productions after the Apartheid

Venue:   Universität Bayreuth
Date:   18th- 19th October 2018

Call for Papers:
Deadline: 15th August 2018

Details for the CfP:

This symposium will focus on South African Opera productions. Thereby the
aim of the symposium is to represent the plurality of artistic concepts
that deal in different ways with the multiple challenges of political and
social transformation. How can opera in South Africa be involved in the
process of societal transformation in a post-apartheid society? Which new
artistic concepts are needed? How does themes for the libretti change? How
did language, the style of composition and orchestration transform? Which
new locations for performances are found to involve new audiences? How did
the aesthetics change? And how are new media used either for a new
aesthetic of performances, as with e.g. ‘Lamento’ (Umculo) or ‘U-Carmen
eKhayelitsha’ (Isango Ensemble), or for marketing purposes?

For the first day of the symposium presentations shall focus on opera
productions. To ‘map’ the plurality of the field presentations are invited
that cover one of the following topics.

1. South African opera productions

-       Operas of different opera companies and composers
-       Different locations of opera performances (opera house, township,
-       Aesthetics of the opera opus itself
-       Analysis of compositions, libretti & performances

Abstracts (max. 2000 characters) for 20 minutes papers along with the
technical requirements for the talk and a short CV with contact details
should be sent by 15th August 2018 to Lena van der Hoven
(Lena.van-der-Hoven -at- Contributions from both the
humanities and social sciences are welcome (Musicology, Theatre Studies,
History, Cultural Studies, Sociology). Early career researchers in
particular are encouraged to contribute. The chosen speakers will be
informed by 31th August 2018 and the conference programme published online
at .


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