Fado - Trajectories and Perspectives

International Conference
Lisbon, 18 – 21 June, 2008

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Program Committee
Salwa Castelo Branco
Rui Vieira Nery
Roberto Carneiro
Artur Teodoro de Matos

Organizing Committee
Teodoro de Matos
Jorge Barreto Xavier
Sara Pereira
Pedro Félix

INET-MD - Instituto de Etnomusicologia-Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança
Museu do Fado
Centro de Estudos dos Povos e Culturas de Expressão Portuguesa (CEPCEP)
Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Since the 1980s, fado has constituted a research object within the domains of Anthropology, Sociology, History, Musicology and Ethnomusicology. This international conference will mark the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Fado Museum and the candidacy of Fado to UNESCO's Convention for Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. It will project ongoing research on fado, bringing together academics and fado practitioners to debate central issues.

Conference Themes

Historical Processes and Contemporary Practice
An analysis of the processes that characterized the trajectory of fado over the past 150 years including: origins, the relationship of the genre with political power, the development of artists' careers, the circulation of performers, fado in the diaspora and internationalization.

Artistic Profiles, Universes, Artifacts and Repertories
The characterization of artistic profiles and of the contribution of the main protagonists (composers, performers, lyricists, etc.) is indispensable for the understanding of the genre. It is also necessary to identify and analyze the universes, artifacts and repertories created. Within this framework, we welcome papers on: performance spaces, artists, repertoires, musical instruments, etc.

Discourses and mediatization
Different discourses on fado played an important role in the configuration of the genre. Within this framework, we propose an analysis of the relationship of fado to the music industries and their contribution to shaping the genre.

Performance Practice
An analysis of the changes that took place in fado performance practice, taking into account performers, social and political contexts, and performance venues. Main questions to be addressed: How is fado configured within the course of performance? What is the impact of performance contexts and audience on the final product? Which elements configure the styles of specific performers? What meanings are attributed to different styles?

Format and Results

Joaquim Pais de Brito will inaugurate the conference with a keynote speech. The conference proceedings will be published.

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