Study Day: University of Huddersfield. Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 March 2015
Recent work on medieval England and its music has focused on a wide range of issues, from editing fragmentary sources, to the consideration of historiographical questions. The publication of facsimiles and editions of medieval English music has made this repertoire significantly more readily available than a decade ago, yet discussions of the music of the period (its language, form, genres, style, textuo-musical relationships, and broader questions of meaning) remain underexplored.
Facing the Music of Medieval England invites participants to engage with the musical repertoire as composed, cultivated and disseminated in England before c.1500. A keynote lecture, by Dr Margaret Bent, will be complemented by paper sessions that focus on thirteenth-, fourteenth- and fifteenth-century music from a variety of analytical standpoints. A session focused on reconstructing medieval English music will also allow discussion of the notion of musical text, notations, source transmission and style.
The close focus on musical texts, editions, and issues such as reconstruction will benefit from the provision of interactive materials available to participants on iPads, to be provided to participants for use in sessions, fully networked and pre-loaded with relevant musical software, web resources and conference materials.
A publication opportunity is available for selected contributions, which will form a special issue of the journal Early Music, subject to the standard peer review process.
The organisers wish to extend a particular invitation to current research students, early career scholars, and independent scholars. The registration fee will be kept to a minimum to encourage wide participation from all sectors of the scholarly community, and is expected to be no more than £15.
Titles and abstracts for 20-minute papers to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 January 2015.
Conference organisers: Dr Lisa Colton & Dr James Cook
Generously supported by the Plainsong and Medieval Music Society and Early English Church Music.