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Bach at Dawn of 2020

Reception and Imaginaries in the Digital Era

International Conference

Dresden, 20 – 22 September 2019

Scientific committee

Prof. Dr. Michael Heinemann (Hochschule für Musik – Dresden)
Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Hinrichsen (University of Zurich)
Dr. Michael Maul (Bach-Archiv – Leipzig, Bach Network)
Maria Borghesi (Hochschule für Musik – Dresden)

Keynote speaker

Prof. Emeritus Dr. Ton Koopman (University of Leiden)


Call for Papers

The attention dedicated to J. S. Bach seems to be continually growing all over the world. Since decades, the web of Bach-scholars oversteps borders and oceans, offering more and more occasions to meet and discuss about issues related to the German Kantor. Topics related to the reception history of Bach have finally achieved an appropriate relevance in Bach’s companions published in Europe, United States and the East. For example, in Bach und die Nachwelt, Michael Heinemann and Hans-Joachim Hinrichsen collected a series of snapshots describing the history of the composer’s reception from 1750 to 2000. However, except for major initiatives organised for anniversaries (mostly 1950, 1985, and 2000), it lacks an updated discussion on the current reception of Bach.

The international conference Bach at Dawn of 2020: Reception and Imaginaries in the Digital Era aims at giving a multifaceted portrait of the interest for the composer and his music, by carefully considering the impact of digital media on the reception processes. For this purpose, the conference will integrate individual scientific papers, monothematic panel sessions, round-tables and public speaking, to a maximum of 15 presenters.

Proposals from all disciplines are welcomed, especially for subjects related to humanities (from the fields of musicology, literature, history, sociology, arts, and digital humanities), as well as reflections deriving from topical experiences related to Bach. The conference is intended for scholars at all stages of their careers. The purpose is to further develop a web of Bach’s scholars, performers, and promoters, and to build an updated image of Bach through diverse methodological and disciplinary perspectives. The conference language is English, to assure international communication among all participants coming from Germany and abroad.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Bach on the Web: new readings and tools
  • From materiality to immateriality: Bach texts and sounds
  • Bach and the contemporary audiences
  • Multimedia Bach performances: a necessity?
  • To promote Bach: local and global visions
  • Bach on screen: cinema, tv, computer, tablet or smartphone
  • A massive inheritance: the role of the Bach’s reception history in the contemporary perception

A selection of papers and round-table conference reports will be published in a collective book titled Bach 2020: Reception and Imaginaries in the Digital Era and edited in English and German by Michael Heinemann and Maria Borghesi.

Proposals should be submitted in one document to stopspam_6eb4858b2ab57b5dd08f4d5f078a931c by 31 May 2019. Please enclose with the abstract (max. 250 words) an indication of the preferred format (single paper, panel, participation in a round table), a list of key-words (max. 5), a short CV (max. 150 words) and personal details. Audio-visual equipment will be provided; musical instruments (piano and harpsichord) can be requested.

Time Schedule

  • 31st May: call for papers deadline
  • 15st June: announcement of the results of the call for papers
  • 30th June: acceptance deadline
  • 15th July: program announcement

Contact

Prof. Michael Heinemann, stopspam_6eb4858b2ab57b5dd08f4d5f078a931c
Ms. Maria Borghesi