Proposal deadline: January 20, 2020 (new deadline!)
Conference dates: June 27-28, 2020
Location: Ghent (BE)

Robert Schumann’s long underestimated Szenen aus Goethes Faust (1844-53)
for soloists, choir, and orchestra has increasingly been recognized as one
of the composer’s masterpieces. Together with Ghent University, the
University of Leuven, and the University of Toronto, Opera Ballet
Vlaanderen is organizing a symposium on June 27-28, 2020 to mark its new
production of this important work, staged by Julian Rosefeldt and conducted
by Philippe Herreweghe. The symposium will take place in the historical
building of the Ghent Opera and will feature keynotes by Laura Tunbridge
(Oxford University) and Peter Höyng (Emory University).

We welcome contributions from areas such as musicology, music theory,
literary studies, and theatre studies. Topics include but are not limited
- questions of performability, musicality and theatricality in Goethe’s
Faust and Schumann’s Faust-Szenen
- close analysis of (aspects of) Schumann’s Faust-Szenen
- the position of the Faust-Szenen in Schumann’s oeuvre
- other medialisations of Goethe’s play and their relationship to
Schumann’s Faust-Szenen
- questions of genre in musico-dramatic Faust settings in the long
nineteenth century, from Spohr to Busoni
- issues of selection, adaptation and interpretation in musico-dramatic
Faust settings

We invite proposals for individual papers (30 minutes plus 15 minutes
discussion), panels of 2-4 papers, and roundtables. Proposals for
individual papers should include an abstract of no more than 300 words, as
well as the presenter’s name, affiliation, and a short biography (max. 200
words). Proposals for panel sessions should include the above for each of
the papers as well as a short rationale (approx. 200 words) for the panel
as a whole. Proposals for roundtables should include an abstract of up to
600 words, outlining the rationale and organization of the roundtable, as
well as a short biography (max. 200 words) for each of the participants.

Please format proposals as pdf files and submit them to Katherina Lindekens
(klindekens -at- by January 20, 2020. Participants will be
notified by early February. Organizers: Katherina Lindekens (Opera Ballet
Vlaanderen), Steven Vande Moortele (University of Toronto), Gunther Martens
(Ghent University), Tobias Hermans (Ghent University), Camilla Bork
(University of Leuven).

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