International conference


Music and shared imaginaries: nationalisms, communities, and choral singing

University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal



October 30th-November 1st, 2014

Hosted and organized by the University of Aveiro and INET-MD (Portugal), and co-organized by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) , Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (Italy), and the University of Rioja (SPAIN)


Keynote speakers:

Ruth Finnegan – The Open University, UK; Salwa Castelo-Branco – Universidade Nova de Lisboa


Call for papers

Philip Bohlman’s writings about music, nationalism and the construction of the “new” Europe proposed a “multitude of angles” that comprehended the plurality of actors and musical practices that weave and fray national identities. In relation to the study of music and nationalisms, this is not merely a question of genres and repertoires, and top-down narratives, but also how musicians negotiate their own nationalities in performance.

Nationalisms coexisted with civil initiatives, which organize communities to regularly play music/sing, institutionalizing a non-professional musical practice, like choral singing, promoting different models of social/individual integration, testing new social orders or utopias. Our interest lies in the ways in which those musical performances and rituals constructed specific ways of being-in-the-world, conveying ways of expressing ideals, transmitting values, ritualizing behaviors, and experiencing social roles (including gender roles). 

Cultural policies associated with nationalistic ideologies and regimes conditioned musical creation, musical performance and reception. Interpreting and researching repertoire that bears the mark of nationalism presents a challenge to musicians nowadays, and the understanding of the context and its practices can be the basis for the study of period performance practices, but also for the development of artistic-research projects.

We invite researchers to submit proposals within the following themes:

1 – Music and nationalisms: critical approaches

2 – Shared humanity/ feelings of wholeness: choral singing practices and protagonists

3 – Performing and ritualizing a third sphere: musical participation, cultural associations and community music

4 – Practicing and embodying:  performing practices and contexts


In addition to the above themes, we also welcome proposals exploring other aspects of music nationalisms, communities and choral singing.


We welcome abstracts, in Portuguese or English, of no more than 350 words for:

Paper presentations (max. length 20 minutes): submissions should be accompanied by a short curriculum (approx. 100 words) of the presenter, and include 3-5 keywords

Pre-formed Panels: please submit a general abstract and individual abstracts for each named speaker, and a short curriculum of each of the presenters, and include 3-5 keywords. Panels should last 1 hour and 30 minutes, including discussion.

Lecture-Recitals (max. length 45 minutes): submissions should specifyexact length and be accompanied by a short curriculum of the presenter, and include 3-5 keywords

Abstracts should be sent to

[UPDATE] The submission deadline for paper presentations, panels, and lecture-recitals is July 20th, 2014.

Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel, and presenters will be advised as to their acceptance or otherwise by the beginning of August, 2014. The deadline for the submission of articles for the conference proceedings (accepted authors only) is November 3rd, 2014.