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Call for Papers

Click here to download the CfP as a PDF-document.

The Programme Committee welcomes proposals for individual papers (20 minutes long, with 10 minutes for discussion) from junior scholars who started their doctoral research in 2011 or later. We invite submission on any subject related to opera and other forms of musical and music theatre. Presentations which integrate performative aspects, or other atypical formats, are welcome. Methodologies may be varied, traversing disciplines and perspectives: verbal text, music, drama, performance, interpretation, declamation, painting, scenography, dance, staging, stage technology, cinema, photography, video, television, radio, digital arts, as well as reception, historiography, economics, ecology, opera and society, opera and the media, opera and the other arts, etc.

  • Proposals (maximum 350 words) may be submitted in English, French, German or Italian.
  • They must include the following:

– author’s full name, – country and institution, – CV (including information about the start of doctoral research), – e-mail address, – paper title, – abstract. Papers may be given in English.

Typically, an academic abstract should include a clear statement of the topic and research question(s), contextualized within existing knowledge; a summary of the argument, evidence and conclusions; and an explanation of why the topic and findings are important. Abstracts should thus include all necessary information that will allow the Programme Committee to evaluate the paper’s quality and originality and its potential as an oral presentation. 

Proposals must be submitted as attachments by email as a Word file (“.doc” or “.docx” – not “.pdf”) to: 


by 15th October 2021

Everyone submitting a proposal will be sent a confirmation email; if you do not receive a notification within six days, please resend the proposal. All abstracts will be anonymized before being evaluated by the Programme Committee. Do not include any information in your abstract that could reveal your identity (such as ‘As I have shown in my earlier article…’).

All those who have submitted a proposal will be notified of the outcome by the beginning of May 2022. Following acceptance by the Programme Committee, there will be an opportunity to revise abstracts before their publication in the conference programme.


  • October 15, 2021: Deadline for the candidates’ submissions
  • Early January 2022: Announcement of the results
  • May 20, 2022: Deadline for submissions to the tosc@bayreuth.2022 award
  • May 20—June 20, 2022: Evaluation of young researchers’ papers
  • June 23-26, 2022: tosc@bayreuth.2022

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