Protest Music in the Twentieth Century (CFP)

The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca, in association with the University of Granada (I+D+I HAR2010-17968. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovacion de España), is pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium «Protest Music in the Twentieth Century», to be held in Lucca, Complesso monumentale di San Micheletto, from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 November 2013.

The conference’s subject is protest music and ‘dissident’ composer and musicians during the twentieth century, with a particular focus on the forms with which dissent may be expressed in music and the ways composers and performers have adopted stances on political and social dissent. Moreover, the phenomenon of dissent will be investigated within the contexts of musical historiography and criticism.

Papers approaching the topic from historical, sociological and philosophical points of view will be welcomed. The programme committee encourages submissions within the following areas, although other topics are also welcome:

  • The Dissent in Music: Sociological and Philosophical Matters
  • Music and Political Struggles
  • Protest Music vs Regimes
  • The Dissent within the Contexts of Musical Historiography and Criticism
  • Protest Songs and Songwriters
  • The Role of Music in the Civil Rights Movements
  • Protest Music of Specific Ethnic and National Groups
  • Protest Music in the Social Construction of Race and Gender
  • Jazz Music and Social Protest
  • Billie Holiday and Blues/Jazz Singing of the First Half of the 20th Century
  • Rock Music as Protest
  • Political Hip-Hop and Sociopolitical Rap: Conscience and Dissent

The official languages of the conference are English and Italian

All proposals should be submitted by email no later than ***Sunday21 April 2013*** to <>. With your proposal please include your name, contact details (postal address, e-mail and telephone number) and (if applicable) your affiliation.

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