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Rameau In Context And Performance
STIMU Symposium 2018
28–29 August 2018

Call for Papers / STIMU Young Scholars Award

The STIMU Symposium is part of the Utrecht Early Music Festival 2018 Burgundy
24 August–2 September 2018

For more than 20 years, the Utrecht Early Music Festival (FOMU) has worked together with STIMU in organizing workshops, conferences and master classes relating to historically inspired performance practice. This year’s STIMU Symposium, which takes place on 28th and 29th August, 2018, is entitled "Rameau in Context and Performance". It presents new insights into the cultural milieu within which Rameau worked and reappraises the historical evidence relating to the performance practice in the music of Rameau and his French contemporaries. Curators are Graham Sadler and Jed Wentz.

In 2018 the STIMU Symposium curators again encourage young scholars and researching performers to use the STIMU Symposium as a forum for intellectual growth, networking and career development.

The STIMU Symposium invites proposals for
- Individual papers: 20 minutes, with 10 minutes for questions.
- Lecture recitals: 30 minutes, with 10 minutes for questions.

Students currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral programme (either at conservatory or university level), or who have recently completed their studies, may apply to speak in the Festival Symposium. Those early career scholars whose work is accepted will receive travel expenses and accommodation in Utrecht during the course of the Symposium.

Applicants may propose a lecture on any topic, but those relating to the symposium themes, outlined above, will be given preference.

Applications should consist of a proposal of a maximum of 250 words plus a short biographical sketch, and should be sent to by 25 May 2018 at the latest.

François Couperin: a 350th anniversary symposium
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, UK
9–10 November 2018

Call For Papers

Contributions are invited for a two-day symposium marking the 350th anniversary of the birth of François Couperin. This international event, part of the inaugural celebrations of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s new building, is organised by the Conservatoire’s Forum for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Music and supported by its French Music Research Hub.

Invited speakers:
Professor Davitt Moroney, University of California, Berkeley
Professor Denis Herlin, Centre national de recherche scientifique, Paris

Proposals on any aspect of Couperin’s life, work and artistic milieu are welcome, but special consideration will be given to those dealing with the following areas:

Performance practice
New source materials

Presentations may take a variety of forms, including individual papers (20 minutes + 10 minutes’ discussion), lecture-recitals (35 minutes + 10 minutes’ discussion) and panel sessions.

There are plans to publish a cluster of articles arising from this event in Early Music, subject to peer review.

Proposals should be sent by email to the programme committee (, with the subject heading “Couperin proposal”. The email should be accompanied by two .pdf attachments. The first should include name of author, title of paper, abstract (maximum 250 words), email address, institutional affiliation (where appropriate), a statement of audio-visual requirements, a concise biography (maximum 100 words) and a clear statement of the intended format (paper, lecture-recital etc.). The second should be restricted to the title and abstract.

A limited amount of funding may be available to support early career scholars accepted by the programme committee, especially those with no current institutional affiliation.

Deadline for proposals: Sunday 4 February 2018 (midnight GMT)

Programme committee:
Professor Graham Sadler (chair),
Dr Carrie Churnside, Dr Jamie Savan,
Dr Shirley Thompson, Professor Colin Timms.

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