CfP: Putting It Together‘ (University of Sheffield)

University of Sheffield:
„Putting It Together‘: Investigating Sources for Musical Theatre Research“
10-12 May 2016 – Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
Deadline: 1 September 2015

Research into the Broadway and Hollywood musical is now well established, with numerous scholarly monographs, journal articles and critical editions providing diverse but excellent methodological models for investigating the genre. With the resurgence of interest in revivals of „forgotten“ musicals by companies such as Encores! and the establishment of series of books such as Oxford’s Broadway Legacies, studies of musicals have evolved to incorporate a plethora of materials and outputs, both scholarly and public.

Ten years on from a landmark symposium in Bristol on a similar topic, this three-day conference seeks to interrogate the use of sources in research into musical theatre and film, covering interdisciplinary perspectives from musicology, film, theatre, media, information management, criticism and performance. We welcome submissions from both practitioners and scholars, as well as archivists, editors and librarians. Topics for papers and panels might include (but are not limited to):

  • The needs of scholars and practitioners in terms of sources
  • How to find and exploit archival and other materials successfully
  • The use and dissemination of sources in the digital age
  • Problems and limitations of archival materials/source-based work
  • Critical editions and the potential restriction of creative freedom
  • Whose intentions/needs are the editor/scholar/performer trying to serve?

To propose a contribution, please send a 250-word abstract to puttingittogethersheffield -at- by 1 September 2015. Successful participants will be informed by 15 October.

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