CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

Ritual, Liturgy and Magic in Early Modern Music Theatre

Source of Information: CFP 2001-05-10
Date of Event: 2001-09-07 to 10
Location of event: Abo, Finland
Deadline for abstracts etc.: 2001-06-01

Ritual, Liturgy and Magic in Early Modern Music Theatre:  A Call for Papers

We invite proposals for a conference on the above-mentioned title which
will take place in Abo (Turku), Finland 7th-10th September 2001.  The
conference has been arranged in connection with a project supported by the
Joint Committee of the Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities
(NOS-H), and Abo Akademi University; and our keynote speaker will be
Professor Gary Tomlinson (University of Pennsylvania), the author of,
among other works, 'Monteverdi and the End of the Renaissance' (1987),
'Music in Renaissance Magic' (1993), and 'Metaphysical Song' (1999).

The project has been underway for a couple of years now, and the aim of the
conference is partly to establish a larger forum for discussion and research
 for scholars who have an interest in the same -- or relevant adjacent --
fields. Accordingly, the conference will focus on religious, ritual, and
metaphysical aspects of various forms of Early Modern Music Theatre and
will seek to trace connections between different kinds and national
varieties of music theatre. (These may include, for example, issues such
as the relation between liturgical drama and opera; or the
interconnections between opera, English masques and French or Scandinavian
ballets de cour etc.)

We are currently exploring the possibility of publishing an anthology of
articles - provisionally entitled 'Ritual, Liturgy and Magic in Early
Modern Music Theatre' - which may, in part, derive from papers delivered
at the conference.  In this context, it is hoped that the book will open
up a line of interpretation relating to early modern music theatre which
is slightly different from the prevailing politicised modes of approach
which have become so familiar in this field.

Proposals are invited on any topic relevant within the above-mentioned
subject area.  In particular we welcome contributions addressing questions
concerning the intellectual and spiritual backgrounds to the circles in
which Early Modern Music Theatre was produced; as well as devotional
practices or theological and literary commentaries associated with
different moments in the development of the form. (Keywords here might
include:  varieties of Protestant reform, Catholicism, Pythagoreanism,
Hermeticism, or Numerology; and key foci might include textual, scenic,
choreographic, art historical or musicological studies within the subject


Please send your proposals (of up to about one page in length) to our
e-mail address at or to the postal
address above by 1st June 2001.  In general, presentations delivered at
the conference should be thirty minutes in length, although proposals for
twenty minute presentations may also be considered.  All proposals should
include a request for any special equipment (projectors, videos etc.) that
will be required for the presentation.

Any inquiry or correspondence (unless specified otherwise) will
automatically put you on our mailing list, and in due course you will
receive all necessary supplementary information about the conference.


The conference will take place in Abo (Turku), Finland 7th-10th September
2001 at the hotel-and conference centre Linnasm=E4ki, Turku Christian
Institute.  To visit the Institute please go to,
click contacts and maps, followed by maps, and then Turku on the map of
Finland. You will be able to see the exact location of the hotel.  Turku
Christian Institute is known for well-organized conferences, good food and
its excellent location at the very rim of a small forest.  Pictures of the
hotel may be found at and

Additional Details

For information on prices and other practical matters, please send us an
e-mail to  You can, of course, also
reach us by contacting:

Johan Hellberg
Research assistant and Conference Secretary
Ritual, Liturgy and Magic in Early Modern Music Theatre
The September Conference
Papinkatu 2 bst 4
SF - 86300 Oulainen, Finland

Once you have contacted us, you will be added to our conference mailing
list. The file we will send you next includes facts about the conference
and all the information needed on how to get to the conference, what is
included in the full board service of the hotel, how to pay the conference
fee and all that is included in the price.

We would be most grateful if you would pass this call for papers on to
anyone you think might be interested in our topic.  If you have any
further enquiries concerning the project or the conference, please do not
hesitate to ask.

Hoping to see you in Abo (Turku) in September!

The Project for Liturgy, Ritual and Magic in Early Modern Music Theatre

Conference Committee:

Dr. Anthony Johnson                            
Acting Professor and Project Leader                                   
Department of English         
Abo Academy University                  
F=E4nriksgatan 3A,                                       
FIN-20500 Abo.                         

Dr. Nils Holger Petersen                           
Associate Professor
Centre for Christianity and the Arts
Copenhagen University
K=F8bmagergade 44-46
DK-1150 Copenhagen

Dr. Kristin Rygg
Associate Professor
Department of Music
Hedmark College
Holsetgata 31
N-2317 Hamar

Johan Hellberg
Research assistant and Conference Secretary
Papinkatu 2 bst 4
SF - 86300 Oulainen, Finland

Abo,  2001-05-09

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