Merli, Paola, 'Evaluating the social impact of the arts: a question of method?'. Invited research paper, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 23 October 2013.
Merli, Paola, 'Modelli dell'industria operistica: la Scala fra Liberazione e Guerra Fredda'. Invited paper delivered at the conference L'officina dei Navigli. L'impresa culturale nella Milano del dopoguerra (1945-1960), Università degli Studi, Sala Napoleonica, Palazzo Greppi, Milan, 29 February - 2 March 2012.
Merli, Paola, 'The Italian road to opera' paper delivered at the conference Red Strains: Music and Communism outside the Communist Bloc after 1945 (The British Academy, London, 13-15 January 2011).
Merli, Paola, 'Operatic neoliberalism'. Invited speaker (and member of the project advisory committee) at the two-day international symposium Beyond utility and markets: Articulating the role of the humanities in the twenty-first century, Duke University, USA, 25-26 June 2009.
Merli, Paola, 'La Scala and the Milanese working classes, 1968-1972'. Invited paper at the international conference Die Gesellschaft der Oper. Kulturtransfers und Netzwerke des Musiktheaters in Europa (The Society of Opera. Cultural Transfers and Networks of Musical Theatre in Europe), Humboldt University and Berlin State Opera, Berlin, 22-24 May 2008.
Merli, Paola, 'The price of reconciliation. The policy of musical reconstruction in post-Liberation Milan'. Research seminar paper, University of Nottingham, Centre for the Study of Post-Conflict Cultures, 22 October 2008.
Merli, Paola, 'La Scala, cultural policy and the legacy of Fascism: 1945-48'. Paper delivered at the symposium Music after Fascism: Cultural Rebuilding in post-war Europe, University of York, 12 July 2008.
Merli, Paola, 'The policy and politics of privatisation: the case of La Scala, Milan'. Invited paper at the one-day symposium Privatising Culture, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, 31 March 2007.
Merli, Paola, 'Analysing the politics of cultural institutions: a study of La Scala, Milan, 1945-2005'. Research seminar paper, University of Leicester, Department of Museums Studies, 21 November 2007.
Merli, Paola, 'Privatising the "temple of opera": the political battle over La Scala, Milan, 1990-2005', International Conference on the Arts in Society, University of Edinburgh (in association with the Edinburgh International Arts Festivals), 15-18 August 2006.
Merli, Paola, 'Defascistisation, politics and culture in Italy, 1945-46: a Gramscian perspective on the case of La Scala', paper at the one-day seminar Gramsci in History, University of East Anglia, Norwich, 18 July 2006.
Merli, Paola, 'Cultural leadership: a historical perspective'. Invited paper at a one-day seminar Management of Culture / Culture of Management organised by the London School of Economics and the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies of the University of Warwick within the ESRC / AHRB Cultural Industries Seminar Network, University of Warwick, 28 June 2006.
Merli, Paola, 'Jacqueline du Pré: representations of the artist as a British musical icon', Annual Conference of the Social History Society, University of Reading, 31 March - 2 April 2006.
Merli, Paola, 'The relevance of Gramsci's thought for the analysis of the concept of cultural development'. Paper delivered at the International Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA, 6-8 October 2005.