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Call for Papers The Baroque Legacy: Past and Present in Hispanic America and Central and Eastern Europe October 23-26, 2013 Grand Valley State University Allendale, Michigan, USA (outside Grand Rapids) The theme of this conference is inspired by an idea expressed by Czech novelist Milan Kundera: We talked about the astonishing kinship between your vast Latin America and my little Central Europe, the two parts of the world similarly marked by the historical memory of the Baroque, which makes a writer hypersensitive to the seductions of the fantastical, magical, oneiric imagination. "An Open Letter to Carlos Fuentes" The focus will be on music, but we hope to create a wide-ranging interdisciplinary dialogue including scholars (and performers) from fields such as literature, history, geography, anthropology, etc. We invite paper or performance proposals that shed light on any aspect of life that might prove to be helpful in forming an understanding of relationships between the present and the past in the cultural products of either Hispanic America or Central/Eastern Europe, or in forming an understanding of the shared ancestry of these two traditions. Papers are also invited that discuss and debate the main theme of the conference, which is not a truth set in stone, but a provocative thesis to be supported or challenged. Large issues that might be addressed include : · Are the fantastical, the magical, and the oneiric used in similar ways in Czech novels and Hispanic-American magical realism, or are there significant differences? · If the continuing influence of the Baroque is a factor in Central/Eastern Europe and/or Hispanic America, exactly how much of a factor is it? Where is this influence to be found, and where is it not found? Does this represent a continuity from the Baroque, or a return to it? · To what extent is it true, as some have suggested, that because Spain and its former colonies became less connected to the main trends of Europe in the 19th century, the flowering of Spanish modernism in the 20th century owes much more to the Baroque than to Romanticism? · And does it even make sense to speak of Czech culture, or Habsburg culture, or Hispanic-American culture, as a whole, or is this one of the most misleading forms of essentialism? Keynote speakers will be literary scholar Roberto González Echevarría and music scholar John Rice. Latin American music specialist Bernardo Illari, editor of several works from the colonial era, will also participate. The conference will begin on Wednesday evening, October 23, with a dinner honoring the keynote speakers, will continue with two and a half days of papers and concerts, and will conclude on Saturday, October 26, with a grand finale performance of music, theater, and dance from the 18th century using period instruments, followed by a reception. Musical events will be organized by Pablo Mahave-Veglia and Marlen Vavrikova, whose own performing repertoires, as if in confirmation of Kundera's idea, combine the Baroque with the contemporary. The grand finale will be in the form of a Baroque spectacle, although it will include works that are not strictly Baroque. From Hispanic America, there will be the Miserere for chorus and orchestra composed around 1780 in Bolivia by Estanislao Miguel Leyseca (edited by Bernardo Illari), and the much earlier lullaby-madrigal "Xicochi", with its text in Nahuatl. Spain will be represented by 18th century tonadillas composed by Pablo Esteve and Blas de Laserna, staged with singing and dancing. The contribution from Central Europe will be the first production in English (as far as we know) of a distant relative of Celestina from the 1760s : the Austrian tragicomedy Evakathel und Schnudi by Philipp Hafner, translated and arranged by John Sienicki and Lisa Feurzeig, with choreography by Carrie Brueck Morris. The planning committee includes Professors Lisa Feurzeig, Pablo Mahave-Veglia, and Marlen Vavrikova, all of the GVSU Department of Music and Dance, Professor Diane Wright of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and independent scholar John Sienicki. The deadline for submission of proposals is Monday, March 25, 2013. Each presenter will be allowed 20 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for questions and discussion. The primary language of the conference will be English, but we will consider exceptions. To submit a proposal, send an abstract of not more than 300 words to Professor Lisa Feurzeig email@example.com Department of Music and Dance Grand Valley State University 1 Campus Drive Allendale, MI 49401 The program committee will notify all applicants of its final decisions before the end of April. If there are any questions, please contact Professor Feurzeig, or visit the department website (www.gvsu.edu/music), where specific information on the conference will soon be available.