Anncouncement & CFP for conference on poetic duelling: "Pan-Mediterranean Poetic Competitions and their Music: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Practice"

Event Date: 
Sat, 2015-05-02 - Sun, 2015-05-03

Call for Papers: 'Pan-Mediterranean Poetic Competitions and their Music: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Practice', to be held 2-3 May 2015 at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London.
December 2011 saw the organisation of an important ICTM colloquium, held in Portel, Portugal. The colloquium raised questions which are fundamental to our understandings of poetry, music and dance in the Mediterranean area. All participants had the impression that we had barely scratched the surface of a terrain of exploration, and that a further consolidation of our researches was required.
For that purpose a 'recall' conference is being organised at SOAS in early May 2015, at which the papers from the original colloquium can be re-presented, in updated form for eventual publication. Fresh proposals for papers are also invited from other researchers in the field.
The conference is organised under the aegis of the Maqam Project at the SOAS. Proposals for papers, and requests for further information, should be addressed to Ed Emery (ed.emery[at] The deadline for paper proposals is 30 October 2014, but early expressions of interest are most welcome.
Broadly defined, the field includes poetic duelling; agonistic poeteering; competitive poetic improvisation; and correspondence (epistolary) poetry. The span of genres under analysis includes tenso, partimen, sonnet, tenzone, disputatio, mantinadhes, ottava rima, contrasto, repente, spirtu pront, mutetu longu, muwashshah and zajal. Medievalists are particularly invited to participate.
This conference is a major opportunity for effecting a systematic aggregation of fields of study which until now have remained isolated and distinct in their separate disciplines. The conference papers will be published on-line and in an edited volume.
(Note: For those who are interested in such matters, this conference will immediately precede a separate event considering the Arabic and Hebrew poetic traditions of muwashshah and zajal.)
We look forward to hearing from you.
— Ed Emery