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JHI Deadline: CFP, Sound and Spectacle

JHI Deadline: CFP, Sound and Spectacle
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Time: Nov 15th, 9:00 am End: Nov 15th, 5:00 pm
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Deadline for proposals for the Operatics Symposium on 5 February titled Sound and Spectacle: staging the Sonic and the Visual

Call for Proposals



Our third annual one-day symposium devoted to the interdisciplinary study of opera will be held on Saturday,
February 5th, 2011. We invite proposals from all departments and disciplines for 20-minute papers investigating the dimensions of sound and spectacle peculiar to this interdisciplinary, collaborative, multimedia art form. This year we also welcome perspectives on image, music, theatre, and film that address the theme of the relationship of the visual to the aural.

The keynote address will be given by Professor Richard Leppert. Author of ten books, including Sound Judgment: Selected Essays (2007), Art and the Committed Eye: The Cultural Functions of Imagery (1996), and The Sight of Sound: Music, Representation, and the History of the Body (1993), Professor Leppert teaches cultural studies and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota.

Operatics is an interdisciplinary working group sponsored by the University of Toronto’s Jackman Humanities Institute. Comprised of faculty and students from Art History, Comparative Literature, English, German Studies, History, Medicine, Music, and Women’s and Gender Studies, the group’s research specializations cover a wide historical and stylistic range of operatic repertories and critical approaches. The study group examines how the experience of opera in different media and performance contexts impacts our response to and understanding of opera as both sound and spectacle. This year “Operatics” is expanding its frame of reference to encompass other genres that rely on the integration of sonic and visual experience, including film, musical theatre on stage and screen, and visual art that represents the spectacle of musical performance and sound. Our current multidisciplinary focus, then, is upon sound and image, working together or in conflict with one another, producing spectacle and creating meaning.

Proposals for 20-minute papers should be submitted as abstracts of not more than 300 words to Sherry Lee (Faculty of Music).  Submissions should be accompanied by a brief biography of the author and a note regarding any audio-visual requirements for the presentation. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 15 November 2010.

Download this CFP as a pdf file here.

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