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Contrafact in the Middle Ages

23-24 October 2023, Praha

We are pleased to announce the international conference Contrafact in the Middle Ages organised by the Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences, project The Use and Reception of Contrafact in Late Medieval Liturgical Chant, in collaboration with the project Old Myths, New Facts, to be held online on 23-24 October 2023. This interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together researchers to explore the creation, use, and significance of contrafacta in musical life in the Middle Ages to widen our collective understanding of its prevalence and importance in medieval society. 

Contrafaction, the practice of adapting pre-existing melodies to new texts, was an integral part of medieval musical life. It featured heavily in both liturgical and secular musical soundscapes, and served as a conduit for cultural expression, religious devotion, and social commentary. In secular life, contrafacta allowed for the reinterpretation and contextualisation of popular songs, and within religious settings, the practice often facilitated the incorporation of vernacular languages and themes into liturgical life. The study of medieval contrafacta offers valuable insights into the complex interplay between religious piety, social commentary, and the literary and musical creativity of the Middle Ages. 

We invite participants from any discipline to submit abstracts for 20-minute papers on any topic related to contrafacta in the Middle Ages. Potential areas include but are not limited to: 

Submission Guidelines: 



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