CfP: Intertextuality in Music since 1900 (Lisbon)

CESEM/FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa & Institut für Musikwissenschaft, Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck:
“Intertextuality in Music since 1900”
6-7 March 2015 – Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon (Portugal)
Deadline: 15 November 2014

Keynote speakers:
Nicholas Cook, University of Cambridge
Julian Johnson, University of London
Lawrence Kramer, Fordham University

Intertextuality is currently taken to refer to the idea that “every text is the absorption and transformation of another text” (Julia Kristeva) – an idea expanded by Gérard Genette as part of the wider concept of transtextuality. The focus on inter- and transtextuality has reflected a tendency to move away from the inherited notion of the work of art as a self-contained structure, towards a view that emphasises the relational nature of all cultural productions.

Since the 1970s, the notion of intertextuality has been appropriated by many disciplines, including musicology. In spite of the widespread use of the term, however, it would seem that the notion of intertextuality as applied to music has not yet been made the focus of sustained critical attention. This conference aims to address the theme, by focusing on the conceptual questions involved in the application of the notion of intertextuality to music studies. It also aims to provide a background for the analysis of relevant case studies, to be drawn from the widest possible range of 20th- and 21st-century repertoires.

The language of the conference will be English. A selection of papers will be considered for publication.

We invite scholars from various disciplines to contribute to this international conference. Please send abstracts (max. 300 words) for 20-minute papers (to be followed by 10 minutes’ discussion), plus a short biographical note, to the conference organisers no later than 15 November 2014:

Paulo F. de Castro: pf.castro at
Federico Celestini: Federico.Celestini at

For further information, please contact: pf.castro at

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