Song, Stage and Screen XV: Musical Mobilities – Stage and Film Musical in Motion Conference, Call for Papers


Due December 14, 2020

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.