CHIGIANA CONFERENCE 2021
Music and Power in the Long Nineteenth Century
Siena, Accademia Musicale Chigiana, 2-4 December 2021
Chigiana Conference will be held both in person and online.
All sessions will be held on Zoom webinar. The sessions will be broadcast live on Chigiana Digital
and the YouTube channel of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana.
The instrumentalization of the arts, including music, to represent and exercise power has been investigated extensively within the societal context of the ancien régime and the twentieth century, mostly in relation to absolutism and dictatorship. This conference shall instead delve into this topic during the “long nineteenth century” (c. 1789-1914): the age of the Industrial Revolution, liberalism and social conflicts, nationalism, and colonialism.
‘Power’ is understood not only in the strictly political sense, as state power, or as the domination of one nation or ethnic group over others; rather, in light of recent historiographical and philosophical debates, the scope of the concept extends broadly to all aspects of social life where there is a significant relationship of domination/submission. The geographical scope will focus on the Western world (Europe and the Americas), including extra-European territories subject to or influenced by colonial rule. Papers will cover the entire field of music without limitations in genre, from sacred to instrumental music, from musical theater to folk song, and beyond.
THURSDAY 2 DECEMBER
15.00-15.40 – Welcome and Introductory remarks
Nicola Sani (Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Artistic Director)
Massimiliano Locanto (Scientific Committee Chair – Chigiana. Journal of Musicological Studies, Associate Editor)
15.40-17.00 – Session 1: Control, Abuse, Repression
CHAIR: Susanna Pasticci (Università di Cassino)
17.20-18.00 – Keynote 1
Axel Körner (Universität Leipzig)
Music, Power, and the Changing Semantics of Time in the Long Nineteenth Century
FRIDAY 3 DECEMBER
9.30-13.10 – Session 2: Structures of Power in Opera and Music Theatre
15.00-18.00 – Session 3: Imperialism, Colonialism, Decolonization
CHAIR: Markus Engelhardt (Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rom)
SATURDAY 4 DECEMBER
9.30-10.10 – Keynote 2
Carlotta Sorba (Università di Padova)
Palchi reali nei teatri italiani del primo Ottocento: spazi, pratiche, significati
10.10-13.10 – Session 4: Music, Institutions and Power
CHAIR: Esteban Buch (École des hautes études en sciences sociales)
15.00-16.20 – Session 5: Music and Power in the Aftermath of the Congress of Vienna
CHAIR: Massimiliano Locanto (Università di Salerno)
16.40-18.00 – Session 6: The Power of Music Industry
CHAIR: Stefano Jacoviello (Università di Siena)
SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE: Massimiliano Locanto, Esteban Buch, Fabrizio Della Seta, Markus Engelhardt, Axel Körner, Fiamma Nicolodi, Antonio Rostagno, Carlotta Sorba.
ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Susanna Pasticci, Antonio Artese, Stefano Jacoviello, Matteo Macinanti, Anna Passarini, Nicola Sani, Samantha Stout.: