Taking British Music(s) Abroad: Soundscapes of the Imperial Message

16 June 2015

King’s College London

This Study Day will bring together PhD students, early career scholars and eminent speakers across the disciplines of Musicology, Ethnomusicology, English and History, whose groundbreaking projects will intersect to explore the nexus between sound, culture and empire in colonial, quasi-colonial and/or postcolonial contexts. Confirmed speakers will present diverse topics such as music at mission stations in nineteenth-century South Africa; transnational discourses of the British popular tune ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’ during the Great War; the British-conceived Municipal Brass Band in 1930s multi-jurisdictional Shanghai; and the construction of British music examining boards as an emblem of imperial power from the late nineteenth century to the present day. There will also be a roundtable on ‘the politics of the archives’.


Philip Burnett: philip.burnett@bristol.ac.uk

Erin Johnson-Hill: erin.johnson-hill@yale.edu

Yvonne Liao: yvonne.liao@kcl.ac.uk

Anyone interested in presenting a paper in the remaining available slots should contact one of the event organisers.


FREE to all attending. Contact the event organisers for further details.

Tea and coffee will be provided during the breaks.

Lunch will be a finger buffet, provided.

Delegates requiring an overnight stay will have to make their own accommodation arrangements.


9.30-10.00 Registration
10.00-11.30 Panel 1
11.35-13:05 Panel 2
13.05-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.00 KeynoteProfessor Bennett Zon (Durham)
15.00-15.20 Tea
15.20-16.50 Panel 3
16.50-18.00 Roundtable: ‘The Politics of the Archive’Chair:

Dr Kate Guthrie (Southampton)

Panelists will include:

Professor Bennett Zon (Durham)

Professor Sarah Weiss (Yale-NUS)

Dr Heather Wiebe (King’s College London)

Dr Thomas Irvine (Southampton)

Dr Joanna Bullivant (Nottingham)

Each panel will consist of three 20-minute papers with ten minutes of questions per speaker.

Confirmed Speakers

Joanna Bullivant (Nottingham)

Philip Burnett (Bristol)

Thomas Irvine (Southampton)

Erin Johnson-Hill (Yale/King’s College London)

Radha Kapuria (King’s College London)

Yvonne Liao (King’s College London)

Anna Maguire (King’s College London)

Special Guests

Professor Sarah Weiss (Yale-NUS)

Further Details to follow.