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IMS2022, 21st Quinquennial Congress of the International Musicological Society (22-26 Agosto 2022, Atene)

The IMS2022 Congress will be held in Athens, Greece, from August 22 to 26, 2022, and is sponsored by the Hellenic Musicological Society under the aegis of the Department of Music Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Department of Music Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.The submission deadline for free papers, roundtables, and study sessions is June 30, 2021. The abstract submission portal will be available online from January 15 to June 30, 2021.

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Announcing the First RISM Lecture: The Fondo Cappella Sistina in RISM (28 Gennaio, 2021, 17:00 UTC)

The Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM) has long provided both musicologists and performing musicians with indispensable research tools. Currently, RISM’s freely available online catalog includes over 1.2 million records for musical sources held in diverse institutions around the world. Major additions to the database have oftentimes resulted from larger-scale projects targeting specific repertories, and including these in RISM should inspire and facilitate further, in-depth research.

The RISM Board of Directors is launching a lecture series in the hope of calling greater attention to such valuable collections and also to underscore RISM’s role as a mediator between the worlds of music researchers and librarians—in accordance with its double sponsorship by the International Musicological Society and the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres.

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American Musicological Society (Call for Papers, 4–7 November 2021, Chicago)

The 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society (AMS) will be held in Chicago, IL, at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel. This meeting is the 87th Annual Meeting of the AMS and will feature a diverse selection of papers, presentations, workshops, and more. Join us!

Proposals due 16 February 2020

Link al sito ufficiale AMS, dove sarà possibile leggere tutte le linee guida alle call:


ESCOM Winter School on Musical Ability (Register before 16 Dec)

ESCOM is organising a winter school that explores multidisciplinary perspectives on ‘Musical Ability’. Participation is free, but pre-registration is required. The school takes place online from 1-5 February (between 2 to 4 hours per day). 
The school features presentations from invited speakers and school organisers, and workshops in which participants will work in groups on partially pre-defined research projects. Topics of presentations and group projects will relate to: variations in understanding and beliefs about musical ability (depending on cultural and educational contexts), measurement and observation of musical ability in research and education, and musical ability as embodied, affective and multisensory. 
Details can be found on the website, as well as a link to register your interest to participate

Kind regards,Organising committee: Suvi Saarikallio, Marc Thompson, Geoff Luck, Henna-Rikka Peltola (Jyvaskyla), Maria Chelkowska-Zacharewicz (Katowice), Renee Timmers (Sheffield), Anna-Rita Addessi and Nicola Di Stefano (Venice/Rome/Bologna). 

“Re-envisaging Music: Listening in the Visual Age” (1-12 dicembre 2020, Chigiana 2020, Convegno, online)

1-12 December 2020 (pre-recorded papers online)
10-12 December 2020 (live sessions, UTC+1)

Music and images, seeing and hearing have always been inextricably linked. Even when more autonomous concepts of music developed at various times through the centuries, they arguably served to keep at bay the ever-present visual dimensions of the act of listening. When we listen to music, do we just listen? When we see a painting, or anything else, do we just watch?

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Pubblicazione Bando Scuola di specializzazione Beni musicali

E’ stato pubblicato il bando di concorso per l’ammissione alla Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Musicali a.a. 2020-21

Le domande di ammissione devono essere presentate entro il 9 novembre 2020 alle ore 16.30.

Il bando è interamente consultabile presso il sito dell’Università Alma Mater Studiorum di Bologna.

Archivi musicali del Novecento e nuove tecnologie: custodire il passato, formare al futuro (Tavola rotonda, 25 Settembre, Meeting di Pedagogia e Didattica della musica del SagGEM)

Tavola rotonda: Archivi musicali del Novecento e nuove tecnologie: custodire il passato, formare al futuro

A c. di P. Somigli; con G. Borio, R. Calabretto, M. Novati, A.C. Pellegrini, F. Sallis & J. Boyd (relatori); e G. Chiriacò, G. Gabrielli, M. Ruffini, G. Sarno, V. Vecchiarelli (respondent)

“La tavola rotonda punta su un interrogativo di fondo: quale impatto esercitano le nuove tecnologie sugli archivi musicali dediti in particolare alla musica del Novecento? Le tecnologie hanno profondamente inciso sull’organizzazione e il funzionamento degli archivi in genere, ma nel contempo hanno mutato la tipologia stessa degli ‘oggetti’ da archiviare: e questa evoluzione comporta un generale un ripensamento del concetto stesso di ‘archivio’. Un ulteriore aspetto giova considerare: l’influenza che le nuove tecnologie esercitano sullo sviluppo delle attività di formazione del pubblico e di terza missione”.

L’evento che si terrà il 25 settembre su Zoom, ore 15-19, nel quadro del Meeting di Pedagogia e Didattica della musica del SagGEM.


Music and Power in the Long Nineteenth Century (Siena – Accademia Musicale Chigiana, 2-4 Dicembre 2021)

The use of the arts, including music, as an instrument of representation and exercise of power, is widely debated within the context of the society of the ancien régime and the twentieth century, with frequent emphasis on absolutism and dictatorships. This conference aims to investigate this issue in the “long nineteenth century” (c. 1789-1914): the age of the Industrial Revolution, liberalism and social conflicts, nationalism and colonialism.

The geographical scope considered is the Western world (Europe and the Americas), including those extra-European territories subject to or influenced by colonial rule. The entire field of musical experience will be considered, without limitations on genre, from sacred to instrumental music, from musical theater to song and beyond.

“Power” is understood not only in a strictly political sense, such as state power, or as the domination of one nation or ethnic group over others; instead, in light of contemporary and emerging historiographical and philosophical debates, the scope of the concept extends broadly to all aspects of social life in which relations of dominion/submission are significant. By way of example, the following types of relationships might be considered: those between social classes, between economic powers, between religious affiliations, between genders, within the family, and others, in all possible combinations and permutations.

Proposals to further broaden the field of investigation are welcome; preference will be given to those that combine a breadth of conceptual horizons with a rigorous presentation of unpublished sources.

Possible topics for consideration include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Musicians and power
  • Musical practices as instruments of power and organizations of consent
  • The language of power in musical material
  • The use of music and entertainment in celebration
  • Symbolic representations of power relationships in opera
  • Sacred music as an expression of power
  • Song and choral music as a means of exercising and negotiating power
  • Folk, popular, and dance music within an increasingly powerful music industry
  • Negotiations of power in discourses about music
  • Domain relationships in musical education

The official languages of the conference are English and Italian. A selection of the conference papers will be published in the 2022 volume of Chigiana. Journal of Musicological Studies (

Please send proposal to by 30 November 2020. Proposals should include:

– Title of paper

– Name of speaker(s)

– A proposal of c. 300 words

The papers should not exceed 30 minutes in duration.

We are aware that the current scenario presents many uncertainties; we are constantly monitoring the situation and the measures that the Italian and other governments have put in place and we hope that by December 2021 it will be possible to travel, so that the conference may go ahead as planned and we can meet in Siena. However, if necessary, we will be running the conference online.

Scientific Committee:

Esteban Buch, Fabrizio Della Seta, Markus Engelhardt, Axel Körner, Massimiliano Locanto, Fiamma Nicolodi, Antonio Rostagno, Carlotta Sorba

Organising Committee:

Susanna Pasticci, Stefano Jacoviello, Anna Passerini, Nicola Sani

4th Transnational Opera Studies Conference (Call for papers, University of Bayreuth, 24-26 Giugno 2021)

The submission deadline is the 30th September 2020.
Call for papers – download PDF

Suoni della pandemia/Sounds of the Pandemic (Call for papers, Università di Firenze, 16 dicembre 2020)

Conferenza internazionale online, 16 dicembre 2020
International online conference, December 16th, 2020

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