For more than 20 years, the Utrecht Early Music Festival (FOMU) has worked together with STIMU in organizing workshops, conferences and masterclasses relating to historically inspired performance pratice. This year’s STIMU Symposium is entitled The past is a foreign country, it takes place from 28 to 30 August 2015, and it thematizes the cultural position and attitudes of the researcher in the study and performance practice of early music. Curators are Jed Wentz and Barbara Titus.

The STIMU Symposium curators encourage young scholars and researching performers to use the STIMU Symposium as a forum for intellectual growth, networking and career development. Therefore, the Festival and STIMU have decided to continue to award the STIMU Young Scholars Award on a yearly basis. Apply for 2015 The STIMU Symposium invites proposals for

– Individual papers: 20 minutes, with 10 minutes for questions at the end.

– Lecture recitals: 30 minutes, with 10 minutes for questions at the end.

Young scholars currently enrolled in a master programme (either at conservatory or university level), or who have recently graduated from one, may apply to speak in the Festival Symposium using the following form. Young scholars whose work is accepted will receive travel expenses and accommodation in Utrecht during the course of the Symposium.

Topics could concern, but are not limited to:

– Interaction between music traditions within and outside Europe

– The musical articulation and perception of English identity

– The dissemination of European musics over the world (through colonial infrastructures)

– Early Music movements in the 20th and 21st centuries

– Historical research as a modern and postmodern endeavor

– The researcher’s encounter with sources from the past

– The human body as a musical archive

Applications should consist of a proposal of a maximum of 250 words and a short biographical sketch, and can be sent to by 15 May 2015 at the latest.