CFP IFTR 2017 Music Theatre WG

14 December, 2016 | 0 comments

CFP IFTR 2017 Music Theatre WG

The IFTR Music Theatre Working Group will be meeting at the IFTR conference in São Paulo, Brazil, 10-14 July 2017.

The IFTR Music Theatre Working Group will be meeting at the IFTR conference in São Paulo, Brazil, 10-14 July 2017.

The aim of the Music Theatre working group is to discuss a broad range of methodological and theoretical perspectives on all kinds of music theatre, from opera and popular forms to contemporary experiments with new forms of music theatre. We are also interested in comprehending the role and function of music and sound in performance, in the broadest sense. The background for the working group is our perception of the need to find new ways to deal with a subject which is part of at least two disciplines – theatre studies and musicology – but which is not, in fact, at home in either field. What our approaches all have in common is that they start from a notion of music theatre as theatre, performance and experience, always dealing with the interplay between all of the senses.

In keeping with the conference theme of “Unstable Geographies: Multiple Theatricalities”, we invite existing and new WG members to submit papers on any aspect of music theatre (broadly understood) or music and sound in performance as they relate to the conference theme. These can include

·         Spatialities in music theatre

·         Political geographies in music theatre

·         Boundaries of history, fiction and musicality

·         Migrations of/in music theatre

·         Cultural violence, identities and alteries  in music theatre

·         Politicisations in music theatre; Political/Politicised sounds in performance

·         (De)territorialisation in music theatre

We also welcome papers on any aspect of music theatre though preference is for those that address the conference theme and listed sub-themes. We also invite papers that consider the politics and politicization of music theatres.


We welcome both new and existing WG members to join the WG sessions at the conference. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and are due 31 January 2017 and should submitted via the Cambridge Journals Online website:

Please note that you will have to be a member of the IFTR in order to submit an abstract. Registration for membership can be done on the Cambridge Journals Online website.

As the WG would like to utilize the given sessions for discussions, papers will be circulated prior to the conference, among WG members who will be attending the conference only. As such, finalized papers are to be submitted by email to the convenors before 3 July 2017. Papers should be no more than 3,000 words.


More information about the conference can be found at the IFTR website, If you would like to find out more about the Music Theatre WG, please visit

Music Theatre Working Group Convenors:
Marcus Tan (
George Rodosthenous (

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