Musical Exchanges between Italy and Spain in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

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Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini

The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca, in collaboration with Instituto Cervantes de Roma, the Italian National Edition of Boccherini's Complete Works and the Centro Europeo di Studi Culturali of Roma, are pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium «Musical Exchanges between Italy and Spain in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries», to be held in Rome, Instituto Cervantes, from Tuesday 3 until Thursday 5 May 2016.
Cultural exchanges between Spain and Italy, from the beginning of the eighteenth century until the unification of Italy, were substantial and long-lasting. Behind these relations lay the 'mediation' of the Bourbons, who were both in Spanish and in a large portion of Italian territory. Important in this regard is the Royal House of Bourbon of the Two Sicilies, beginning with Charles iii of Spain and Ferdinand i of the Two Sicilies, progressing to Francis i, Ferdinand ii and Francis ii, the last sovereign to lead the southern kingdom before the unification of Italy. Another branch was the Bourbon-Parma, supported by the younger son of Philip v, Philip i: the latter's nephew, Louis i was forced, by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, to exchange the Duchy of Parma with the Kingdom of Etruria (mainly located in the modern Tuscany). Ousted even from this throne, after the Congress of Vienna, the family of Bourbon-Parma obtained the Duchy of Lucca, whilst waiting to regain power in Parma, in 1847. This was done by Charles ii who, after a troubled period, abdicated in 1849. His successor Charles iii was killed in 1854 and the last Duke, Robert i, was overthrown by the revolution of 1859 that led to Italian unification.
This political background provided the context for a strong network of cultural interchanges from Spain to Italy and vice versa, which lasted beyond the Bourbon domination in Italy. This conference will shed light on this network of relationships, focusing particularly on the field of music.
The scientific committee welcomes proposals that address the following themes, although other, related topics are also welcome:

• Instrumental music in Spain and Italy
• The Italian Opera in Spain
• Bourbons and music
• Writings on music
• Cervantes and music
• Relationship between Literature and Music
• Music and Figurative Arts
• Tour Musicians
• An Italian in Spain: Luigi Boccherini

Scholarly Committee:
• Simone Ciolfi (St. Mary's College, Rome – Notre Dame, IN)
• Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
• Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
• Sara Navarro Lalanda (Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi)
• Luca Lévi Sala (Yale University, New Haven, CT)
• Christian Speck (Koblenz Universität)

Keynote Speaker:

• Juan-José Pastor Comín (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha)
• Victor Sánchez Sánchez (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

The official languages of the conference are English, Italian and Spanish. Papers selected at the conference will be published in a miscellaneous volume.
Papers are limited to twenty minutes in length, allowing time for questions and discussion. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and one page of biography. With your proposal please include your name, contact details (postal address, e-mail and telephone number) and (if applicable) your affiliation.
All proposals should be submitted by email no later than ***Sunday 13 March 2016*** to .
The committee will make its final decision on the abstracts by the end of March 2016, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme, registration, travel and accommodation will be announced after that date.
For any additional information, please contact:

Dr. Roberto Illiano