The Historical Performance Institute of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music invites the submission of abstracts for its sixth-annual international conference—”Historical Performance: Theory, Practice, and Interdisciplinarity”—to convene May 14-16, 2021.
The three-day virtual event will again bring together scholar-performers (and performer-scholars) to present new research, engage in conversation, and consider emergent areas in historical performance research. Scholars and practitioners working within other academic disciplines adjacent to the field of music are particularly encouraged to participate. Running concurrently will be the Bloomington Early Music Festival (May 9-16), with evening festival performances offered free of charge to all conference participants.
Focus: Community Engagement and Access
The fifth-annual conference presented a summit involving leaders of thirteen historical performance programs in higher education, variously from the US, Canada, the UK, and Europe. Relevant key challenges to the field’s future were discussed in detail in keynote addresses and panel sessions. The forthcoming conference will continue and broaden the scope of these discussions, to include leaders of community-based, early-music educational programs and festivals, addressing themes of community engagement and access. Interested program leaders are invited to contact conference administrator, Adam Dillon (email@example.com), with proposals for participation and discussion (deadline: March 15).
Submission of Abstracts
Running in parallel with the above-mentioned focus on community engagement and access will be the more routine offerings of field research. Please send abstracts via email with the subject line—HPI Conference Abstract 2021—to Adam Dillon (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than March 15, 2021. Receipt of all submissions will be acknowledged by email, with final notifications sent on March 22. Abstracts may focus on any subject relevant to historical performance, from the Middle Ages through to the early-twentieth century, including but not limited to:
- Historical performance, diversity, and inclusion
- Non-“Western canon” performance traditions
- Interdisciplinary strategies and methodologies
- Memory and improvisation
- Source studies
- Historical music theory and performance
- Early recorded sound
- Ethnography and critical theory in historical performance research
- HIP: modern relevance, entrepreneurship, and cultural production
Abstracts (maximum 250 words) should be cogent and concise, intelligible to non-specialists, and
- Put forward an original, evidence-based argument with relevance to performance practice
- Take fully into account previous research linked with the topic at hand
- Articulate the broader and/or specific contributions of your research to the field
Papers run at 30-minutes maximum, with 10-15 minutes for questions and discussion. The email containing your submission should provide your name, email address, postal address, and institutional affiliation (or enter “independent scholar” if not affiliated institutionally).
Submissions will be screened by the conference assessment panel anonymously.
For those who wish to participate as presenters or attend as auditors, please contact HPI administrator, Adam Dillon (email@example.com) for further registration details.
Registration Fees: $60, 3 days | $40, 2 days | $20, 1 day
Discounts also available; please inquire.