CFP: Words & Notes in the 19th Century (UK) (11/1/06; 7/2/07-7/3/07)

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Geoffrey Chew
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Words and Notes in the Nineteenth Century (London, 2-3 July 2007)

Focusing on a century that fostered a growth industry in musical writing
of many kinds (musical novels, programme notes, musical poetry, music
appreciation texts, journalism, scientific treatises, biography, etc.),
this conference seeks to address three main questions. How is music
conceptualized in various textual situations/locations between c.1789 and
1914? How can we best approach the relationships between music and texts?
In what ways might comparative study of different languages, genres or
cultural contexts help us explore the workings of word-music

This two-day conference at Senate House, University of London, aims to
provide a broad interdisciplinary experience. In addition to conference
papers, the programme will include active learning and discussion about
how we can cross between disciplines in scholarship and the classroom. The
event will thus be particularly relevant to scholars and students
embarking on interdisciplinary research and/or interdisciplinary teaching.
The conference language will be English. A keynote address, 'Mastering
Beethoven', will be given by Katherine Kolb (Southeastern Louisiana
University), former director of the Kolb-Proust Archive for Research at
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, joint editor of Proust in
Perspective, editor of Proust's letters (Plon, 2004) and author of
numerous articles on music criticism and on music in the literary works of
Berlioz and Balzac.

Proposals of 300 words are invited for 20-minute conference papers on any
subject relating to the approaches best suited to the study of music/text
inter-relationships, and the ways in which these inter-relationships
manifest themselves.

Please also let us know if you would be interested in a 10-minute position
paper for one of the following round-tables:

            Locating and using sources
            Critical language/methodology
            Building links between the disciplines

Deadline: 17.00 GMT on Wednesday 1 November 2006

Programme committee

Katharine Ellis (Director, IMR), Naomi Segal (Director, IGRS), Phyllis
Weliver (Wilkes University)


Proposals should be emailed with full contact details to the IMR
Administrator They will be considered
anonymously. The programme will be published in early January 2007.

For further details, follow the Events link at:

Prof. Katharine Ellis
Director, Institute of Musical Research
School of Advanced Study
University of London
Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU, UK
Tel/Voicemail: +44-(0)20 7664 4866

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