The Eighth “Le Musiciste” [Female Musicians] Study Day 2024

Roma, Università Roma Tre,March 19-20 2024



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The history of female musicians often reveals the erasion of their social identity from European musical historiography despite the fact that many women were the protagonists, authoritative professionals or attentive witnesses of the musical society of their day. If some of them enjoyed the privilege of having been born into families of musicians and being educated in the musical profession and others found an environment conducive to their creativity in convents, many more were unable to express their genius. The ban on performing in public once married, the exclusion from the musical roles and careers reserved for men and the lack of public institutions making the educational pathways accessible to men only equally available to those of the “opposite sex”, all led to the obsolescence of many highly distinguished female figures of quality and determined the disappearance of their artistic legacy from the collective memory. This cultural vestige that is hard to eradicate continues, to some extent, to the present day. The “Le Musiciste” study days, conceived by Professor Milena Gammaitoni (Professor of General Sociology, Department of Educational Sciences, Roma Tre University, Rome) and organised in collaboration with the Scientific Committee composed of Professor Luca Aversano (President of the Roma Tre Teatro Palladium Foundation and coordinator of the Roma Tre DAMS courses), Professor Orietta Caianiello (Professor at the Bari Conservatory), Professor. Gilberto Scaramuzzo (Director of the Department of Educational Sciences’ theatrical company and of Roma Tre’s Laboratory of the Pedagogy of Expression) and Professor Barbara De Angelis (Professor from the Department of Educational Sciences, Roma Tre University, Rome) pursue the intent to contribute to the rediscovery of many of these forgotten histories and stories. The contributions may concern any topic relating to the history of female musicians.


The proposals forwarded must contain:

  • the title of the report;
  • an abstract of a maximum of 30 lines, which sums up the contents of the report, contains  a short bibliography as well as the aims of the research
  • a short CV (max. 15 lines) of the author(s);
  • the list of any technical equipment required for the presentation;
  • contact details (email, telephone, postal address) of the lead author.


The presentation shall last 20 minutes at most and correspond to a text of approximately 16,000 characters.

Proposals must be sent no later than the 15th of January 2024 to:

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The contributions made at the Study Days may appear in the “Voci di musiciste” series, SEdM Editore, inaugurated in 2021 with the publication of the first volume Musiciste e compositrici. Storia e storie [Musicians and composers. History and stories] edited by Luca Aversano, Milena Gammaitoni and Orietta Caianiello (