10th biennial international conference on Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain

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Original Call for Papers

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, 8–10 July 2015

We are pleased to invite you to the 10th Biennial International Conference on Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain, to be held at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, 8–10 July 2015. The MNCB conference was founded at the University of Hull in 1997 and for almost twenty years has been a gathering point for scholars who share an interest in music in nineteenth-century Britain from a wide range of disciplines, including musicology, ethnomusicology, cultural, social and economic history, politics, sociology, and cultural geography. You can find more information about the history of the conference at http://www.mncb.org.uk

The 2015 conference will take place in Glasgow, dubbed the ‘second city of the Empire’ by many Victorians and celebrated for its rich architectural legacy and vibrant cultural life. The programme will bring traditional and art musics of the period into dialogue, and feature papers, panels, lecture-recitals, roundtables, performances and workshops. Our keynote speakers will be:

Dr Kirsteen McCue (University of Glasgow)
Professor Simon McVeigh (Goldsmiths College)
Professor John Wallace (Emeritus Professor, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)

Contributions are invited on any aspect of music in nineteenth-century Britain, but are particularly welcome on the following themes:

  • Music and technology
  • Music, language and literature
  • Music, cities and Empire
  • Music, British identity and the four nations
  • Musical Scots at home and abroad
  • Continental musicians in Scotland
  • Intersections between traditional music, folklore and art music
  • Music and dance
  • Performance practice, music education, and the conservatoire tradition

For enquiries, please contact the co-chairs on glasgow@mncb.org.uk

Deadline for Receipt of Proposals: 9 January 2015

Proposals for the following should be sent by email to rachel@mncb.org.uk

– Papers: no more than 20 minutes in length
– Panels: three or four papers, 90 or 120 minutes in total
– Lecture-recitals: no more than 30 minutes in length

Proposals should include a title, an abstract (150–200 words), your name and your affiliation. (For a panel, these should be supplied for each speaker.) Proposers will be notified of the decision of the Programme Committee by 1 February 2015.

Programme and organising committee:
Co-Chairs: Dr Stephen Broad (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); Professor Rachel Cowgill (University of Huddersfield)
Local arrangements: Amy-Beth Jordan (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)

Programme Committee:
Dr George Biddlecombe (Royal Academy of Music)
Professor Dorothy De Val (York University, Canada)
Dr Karen McAulay (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)
Dr Paul Watt (Monash University, Australia; Editor, RMA Research Chronicle)
Professor Charles E. McGuire (Oberlin College Conservatory of Music)