Conference “Musical Interactions, 1400–1650”

Musical Interactions, 1400–1650
Conference dates: 14-17 September 2022
Conference location: Prague

CFP deadline: 1 April 2022

Organizing committee: David Burn (KU Leuven), Lenka Hlávková (Charles University, Prague), Alessandra Ignesti (KU Leuven)

Musical interaction is a common topic in scholarly literature, yet the notion itself is still not fully theorized. Narrow approaches to it have often resulted in the marginalization of repertories and produced music-historical narratives unduly centralized around dominant traditions. This conference aims to shed new light on contexts, dynamics, and outcomes of musical interactions between regions in Europe and overseas from the late Middle Ages to the early modern era. It aims in particular to reassess repertories that have been neglected in, or left out of, mainstream music-historical accounts. The conference will contribute to reassessing the concepts of centre and periphery and to laying the methodological foundation of a new music-historical paradigm. Diverse methodologies, including both manual and computational approaches, are encouraged.
Conference themes include (but are not limited to):

* Theoretical frameworks for tracing musical interactions and transmission
* Monophonic and polyphonic repertories and the interactions between them
* Central and peripheral traditions and their interactions
* Musical citation and modeling
* Re-texting, re-contextualizing, and re-cycling
* Identity and interactions

The conference is organized as part of projects CELSA „Musical Interactions between the Low Countries and Central Europe, 1400-1650“, led by David Burn and Lenka Hlávková and EXPRO „Old Myths, New Facts: Czech Lands in the Centre of 15th-century Music Developments“, led by Hana Vlhová-Wörner (see and

Papers are limited to 20 minutes in length. Please, send titles and abstracts of no more than 250 words to by 1 April 2022 including your name, contact details, and affiliation (if applicable). Notification of acceptance will be given by 20 April.

Presentations may be made in-person or virtually (in real-time). The main language of the conference is English, but proposals will be considered in any generally understood scholarly language.

An edited essay collection based on the conference is planned.

For additional information, please contact Alessandra Ignesti at

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