CfP: ‘Translation in Music’ (Cardiff University)

Cardiff University:
„‘Translation in Music’: An International Interdisciplinary Symposium“
24-25 May 2014 – Cardiff University (Wales)
Deadline: 17 February 2014

For many, music is a “universal” language, yet it is often wedded to words in one specific language, whether poem, song text or opera libretto. And these texts require translations that respect both the nature of the original language and the expression of the music itself – a deft dance that should celebrate a perfect marriage, but often results instead in a messy divorce.

This two-day interdisciplinary symposium is designed to bridge the often glaring gap between words and music. It brings together international scholars from the fields of Translation Studies, language, and musicology with practitioners who deal with musico-linguistic challenges on a regular basis, such as composers, singers, translators, and opera subtitlers.

In addition to keynote and invited speakers – including Errollyn Wallen (Composer), Prof. David Johnston (Translation Studies), Prof. Susan Youens (Musicology), and Jonathan Burton (Royal Opera House, London) – we invite abstracts for free 20-minute papers.

Abstracts should be no more than 400 words long and submitted electronically to translationinmusic at by Monday 17 February 2014. We would also welcome abstracts for panel sessions and roundtables: a 200-word rationale should be submitted along with 400-word abstracts from individual speakers for a panel session. For roundtables, a 200-word rationale should be submitted along with 200-word abstracts for individual participants who would be expected to speak on a specific topic for no more than 10 minutes.

Potential subjects might include:

  • Performing Translation
  • Intertextuality
  • Intermediality
  • Cultural Adaptation

Participants will be informed whether their abstracts have been accepted by Monday 10 March 2014.

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Program committee:
Dr Monika Hennemann (German Studies, Cardiff University)
Dr Cristina Marinetti (Translation Studies, Cardiff University)
Dr Clair Rowden (Music, Cardiff University)
Dr Mathieu Schneider (Music, Université de Strasbourg)

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