3rd CONFERENCE: Combining the Arts. Multimedia Performances in the early 19th-Century Habsburg Empire

12.–14. Oktober 2023
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (MDW)
Joseph Haydn-Saal
Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna

Please find the PROGRAM here.

KONZERT am Do, 12. 10. 2023 | 19.00 Uhr
Joseph Haydn-Saal
1030 Wien

Most of the cultural events in the Habsburg Empire during Schubert’s period were conceptualized as multi- and intermedial. In theaters and opera houses, music and dance were not the only integral parts of the performance; declamation, pantomime, costumes, lighting, and stage design also shared in the success of a production. The prime examples of this practice are mélodrame and incidental music inserted in theater plays. In public concerts, it was common to mix instrumental works with extracts from operas, interspersed with recitations of poems and sometimes enriched by tableaux vivants. The same happened in private salons, albeit on a smaller scale, where ballroom dancing played an important role as well.

In order to explore this multifaceted interconnection of the arts in greater depth than has been done before, we would like to invite not only musicologists and Schubert experts but also art historians, colleagues from theater, dance, and performance studies, literary studies, and other fields to submit papers. We are interested in case studies (including comparative studies between music centers) as well as more general contributions with a theoretical, aesthetic, or philosophical background.

Applications should include a short CV and an abstract of ca. 300 words. These materials should be sent to schubert@oeaw.ac.at no later than 16 April 2023.

The Schubert Research Center will cover travel expenses and accommodation. The conference language is English.

Find a pdf of the Call HERE.

2nd CONFERENCE: Women’s Agency in Schubert's Vienna 3–5 November 2022

Austrian Academy of Sciences, Sonnenfelsgasse 19, Vienna

Here you can find the Program | Abstracts and the Conference Report.

The Habsburg Vormaerz era (ca. 1815-1848) is a fascinating period of transition between the ancien régime and bourgeois modernity, a time of intense negotiation of gender and class identities in a multi-religious and multilingual Monarchy. In this specific environment, women’s agency remains sorely understudied.

This is the point of departure for our conference: We aim to highlight the key role played by female artists, writers and performers, salonnières and dedicatees, female savants and entrepreneurs, who significantly shaped society and the cultural life during the era. In addition, we will give attention to charitable associations and various other sites of sociability.

We invite contributions that recover women’s scope for action and creativity: What activities did culturally interested, professionally or socially active women pursue during this time? What challenges did they face? Apart from  on individual personaltities, we would particularly welcome interdisciplinary papers that explore the overarching structures and dynamics of the time.

Applications should include a short CV and an abstract of ca. 300 words. These materials should be sent to schubert(at)oeaw.ac.at no later than 22 May 2022.

The Schubert Research Center will cover travel expenses and accommodation. The conference language is English.

Guests are very welcome. In order to have the appropriate room and enough coffee available, we ask for pre-registration by 17 September: schubert(at)oeaw.ac.at (subject: annual conference)

First Summer School (2022)

Sexuality and Gender in Schubert's Time

The commission of the newly founded Schubert Research Center at the Austrian Academy of Sciences is eager to make contacts with commited young scholars. It invites for its first Summer School, which will take place in Vienna from September 5 to 7, 2022.

This call of applications is addressed to advanced students in music history, cultural studies, and humanities who are interested in the topic "Sexuality and Gender" at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Some thirty years ago a heated debate arose about whether Franz Schubert was homosexual and, if so, what the consequences might be for an understanding of his music. We will revisit this topic in all its breadth from today's perspective and relate it to current research in an interdisciplinary way. In general, we are concerned with the problem of how far the identifications of artists around things like sexual preferences, religious and cultural orientation can be reliably determined at all. If so, we are interested in whether they are relevant in the production, reception, and interpretation of their art. Lecturers are Hans-Joachim Hinrichsen (Zurich), Mark Seow (Cambridge), Anke Charton, Waltraud Schütz, and Karin Wozonig (all Vienna). The course will be evaluated with 3 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).

Applications should include a short prose CV, a letter of motivation, and the name of a recommender whom we can contact if necessary. The documents should be sent to the email address schubert(at)oeaw.ac.at no later than April 24, 2022. The Schubert Research Center will cover travel expenses and accommodation; the working language is English.

HERE you will find the program.

First Workshop of the Schubert Research Center

In order to maintain contact with the next generation of Schubert researchers, the Center intends to organise a workshop for international doctoral candidates every second year. The young researchers should not only exchange ideas among themselves, but also establish contacts with more senior colleagues in Schubert research and get to know Vienna as Schubert's place of activity.

The 1st workshop, which was scheduled for 10/11 December 2021, will be rescheduled for 22/23 March 2022.


1st CONFERENCE: Schubert's World. Current Perspectives

24/25 September 2021, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Sonnenfelsgasse 19, Vienna

For the first time since the Corona pandemic, the conference will brought together the members of the Center for personal exchanges. Experts from various disciplines reported on their current research, presented projects that can be connected to the topic of the Center or shared their future plans as a contribution to interdisciplinary Schubert research.