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Deadline: 14. Dezember 2020

Song, Stage and Screen XV: Musical Mobilities – Stage and Film Musical in motion

Call for Papers

We invite papers that scrutinize the stage and film musical through the notion of mobility. We are interested in contributions that approach the topic from diverse angles but with a constant focus on the mobility paradigm in the humanities. We aim to find new ways to analyze production, performance, composition, dance, artistic conception, and the political territorialization of the genre.
We particularly encourage paper proposals that focus on the following research questions:

  • How flexible/mobile are musical production systems? (repertoire, institutional forms, production)
  • How do musicals achieve mobility? (translation, cultural transcription, transfer)
  • How do musicals address issues of mobility, nomadism and migration?
  • What is the role of fixity (as opposed to mobility) in the ideology and practice of musicals – in regard to race, class, gender and sexual identity? In how far are the representations of the musical framed by methodological nationalism? How do systemic racism and discourses of inclusion, exclusion, identity politics and othering mould the political and cultural subtext of the musical?
  • How does a greater awareness of mobility in relation to Black Lives Matter affect the production, reception, and representation of the genre?
  • How does mobility relate to ability or disability?
  • How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected the production, reception, and representation of the genre?
  • How do musicals utilize dance as a medium for structuring stage and screen space through movement?
  • What is the impact of cinema in making the genre more mobile?

Presentations will be scheduled for thirty minutes each, twenty minutes for the paper and ten minutes for discussion.

Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be entered via the online abstract submission form by December 14, 2020 for blind review by our international program committee. Please do not include your name and affiliation in the body of the abstract. Applicants will be notified by mid-January 2021.


Conference: Song, Stage and Screen XV, Salzburg 2021

June 30 – July 3 2021
Salzburg University (PLUS), Austria
Department of Musicology and Dance Studies
Erzabt-Klotz Straße 1
5020 Salzburg


  • Shana Redmond (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Derek B. Scott (University of Leeds)

Committee for paper selections:

  • George Burrows (University of Portsmouth)
  • Jaime Cortés Polanía (National University of Colombia, Bogotá)
  • Donatella Galella (University of California, Riverside)
  • Nils Grosch (University of Salzburg)
  • Olaf Jubin (Regents University London)
  • Hannah Robbins (University of Nottingham)
  • Carolin Stahrenberg (Anton-Bruckner-Privat Universität Linz)
  • Jessica Sternfeld (Chapman University)
  • Dominic Symonds (Lincoln School of Fine and Performing Arts)
  • Elizabeth Wollman (Baruch College, City University of New York)


Host Institutions

The conference will be organized in collaboration by the Paris-Lodron-Universität Salzburg (PLUS) and the Anton-Bruckner-Privat-Universität Linz (ABPU). It will be hosted in Salzburg.The venue is barrier-free accessible. Conference language is English


Additional Arrangments

In order to enable persons to participate who will not be able to come to Salzburg physically, a restricted number of presenters will be offered the option of delivering their papers virtually in form of a video conference.

The Local Arrangements Committee is also working to ensure provision of childcare for children of conference participants. In case you need childcare, please contact the organization team.


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