Event Info

A conference organized by Ireri Chávez-Bárcenas (Department of Music) and Sophia Blea Nuñez (Department of Spanish and Portuguese) with the generous support from the Princeton Program in Latin American Studies.

This conference brings together musical, literary and cultural historians from the United States, Latin America, and Europe who are interested in exploring various aspects of the early song tradition in the Hispanic World. It will investigate the varied intersections of literary and musical sources of the Iberian song in the vast Spanish empire—from early poetic anthologies and songbooks, to villancicos’ manuscripts, chapbooks, printed vihuela and guitar tutor books, Iberian songs in manuscripts and printed collections of neighboring countries, early anthologies, catalogues and library collections, music and poetic treatises, and songs in dramas, novels and other literary genres by authors such as Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Góngora or Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. This conference also hopes to bring attention to early manifestations of musical globalization with discussions that reveal the circulation and transmission of Iberian musicoliterary genres in the Spanish empire, including Portugal, Europe, the New World, and Asia, as well as other cultural exchanges facilitated by diplomats in the service of the Spanish and Austrian branches of the Habsburgs. Other topics of interest relate to issues of race, religion, gender, and identity.

In celebration of the six first editions of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz recently donated to Firestone Library, the conference will include a discussion panel on Villancicos and Sor Juana, and the participation of Early Music Princeton.

Keynote Speaker: Tess Knighton (ICREA, Spain)

Special Guests: Martha Lilia Tenorio (El Colegio de México, Mexico) and Álvaro Torrente (Universidad Complutense, Spain)

Concert by: Eduardo Egüez and Nell Snaidas, with the participation of Early Music Princeton

For more information about the conference and Call for Papers, please visit decanciones.princeton.edu