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Symposia sponsored by Wagner Worldwide 2013

PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:20 pm
by alberich00
Dear illustrious members of, and visitors to, the discussion forum:

If you search online for some of the more ambitious celebrations of the bicentenary of Wagner's birth (5/22/1813) in 2013, you will find that probably the most ambitious is the Wagner WorldWide 2013 symposia organized by Dr. Anno Mungen of the Univ. of Bayreuth, and Dr. Nicholas Vazsonyi of the Univ. of South Carolina.

This international celebration began late in 2011 with a symposium at the Univ. of Bayreuth. You can locate video of the lectures at the website for Wagner WorldWide 2013. From 1/31/2013 until 2/2/2013, there is another symposium at the Univ. of South Carolina, also part of the Wagner WorldWide 2013 celebrations, which is very great in scope. Well known Wagner pundits such as Alex Ross, John Deathridge, Mark Berry, and Thomas Grey, among many others, will be presenting talks and/or moderating panel discussions there.

I would love to have participated by presenting a talk there, or merely to attend as an interested bystander, but a combination of circumstances have thwarted my hopes, including caring for an elderly parent, and financial difficulties. Furthermore, the five subjects around which the symposia are organized don't seem to me to embrace my primary contribution, which is Wagner's relationship to the history of ideas.

In any case, since I can't directly participate, I will nonetheless be viewing all the lectures and panel discussions as they are made available on their website, and any which I deem worthy of review I will review here in our discussion forum. I've already provided a sample in my very brief critical response to an observation made by the key organizer of the USC event, Dr. Nicholas Vazsonyi. I will begin with reviews of the more interesting papers presented previously at the Univ. of Bayreuth (Dr. Vazsonyi's opening lecture in that symposium is the one I've reviewed here), and will follow these reviews with reviews of the more intriguing papers presented at USC as they become available.

Your friend from Wagnerheim,

Paul alias Alberich00