musicologie  mardi 15 septembre 2020.

Marginalised Voices and Figures in French Festival Culture, 1500-1800

24–25 October 2020, London
Music Department, King’s College London
Keynote speakers: Prof. Kate van Orden (Harvard University) Prof. Julia Prest (University of St Andrews)

The last few decades have seen a marked increase in early modern festival research. From royal coronations and ceremonial entries to court ballets and investitures of popes and cardinals, such events were important expressions of courtly, civic, and ecclesiastical hierarchy, community, and tradition. Between 1500 and 1800, France was one of the most prolific and influential centers of festival art in Europe. Indeed, French ‘inventions’ such as the court ballet (ballet de cour), the equestrian carrousel, and the comédie-ballet were imitated and emulated across the continent.

However, research on French festival culture has typically focused on traditional centers of power like the royal court, and has either highlighted the contributions of well-known poets, painters, and dance masters or concentrated on the responses of elite spectators like foreign diplomats, princes, and nobles. Our conference instead seeks to shift the focus towards marginalised voices and figures, among them:

Our conference is interested in both what French festival culture during the period 1500–1800 reveals about these figures, and what this investigation tells us about early modern society on a more global level. What insights does the non-elite or subaltern status of festival contributors offer into early modern perceptions of the arts? What do French festivals tell us about other groups who were generally excluded or oppressed in society? How should we understand the frequent tension between emphasising and erasing the foreign ‘other’ (like the participation of colonial subjects, the use of blackface for racial stereotyping, or the cultural appropriation of valuable colonial objects, etc.)?

The organisers are keen to encourage an interdisciplinary approach to this subject matter, assembling a balance of musicologists, historians, and scholars in other fields to create a forum for productive exchange. We particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups in academia, such as women, BAME, and LGBTQ+ communities.

We would be interested in any papers that address the following topics:

If you would like to propose a 20-minute paper, please send a brief abstract of about 250 words to marginalisedvoicesconf@gmail.com. When sending your abstract, please also provide a one-page CV with details of your academic experience, affiliation, and publications. The deadline for submitting proposals is Monday 31 August 2020. The committee will make their final decision on submitted abstracts by mid-September 2020. Further information about the programme, registration, travel and accommodation will be announced after that date. The organisers are thinking of inviting conference delegates to prepare a chapter for an edited volume of papers presented at this event.

Our twitter handle is @marginalisedvo1.

Organisers: Marc W. S. Jaffré (University of Oxford), Bram van Leuveren (University of Groningen), and Alexander Robinson (King’s College London).

This event is generously supported by the Royal Musical Association, Music & Letters, The Society for the Study of French History, and The Society for Renaissance Studies.

 


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