Clara Schumann (née Wieck) and her World

International Bicentenary Conference
Clara Schumann (née Wieck) and her World

Call for Papers

Submission Deadline: 1 December 2018

15–16 June 2019
University of Oxford

Keynote Speakers:
Natasha Loges (Royal College of Music)
Susan Youens (University of Notre Dame)

This two-day international conference provides a setting in which to reassess ClaraSchumann’s life, work, and cultural milieu within the gender-aware andinterdisciplinary climate of contemporary musicology. It is hoped that the conference will attract an international contingent of scholars working within the fields of musicology, aesthetics, gender studies, cultural history, and performance studies.

The programme committee invites papers on any aspect of Clara Schumann’s life or music, and especially welcomes contributions on the following topics:

•       Reflections on Clara Schumann’s position in musicological scholarship
•       Analytical and hermeneutic approaches to Clara Schumann’s music
•       Clara Schumann as editor
•       Clara Schumann on tour
•       Clara Schumann’s influence on the development of nineteenth-century pianism and  concert life
•       Clara Schumann’s creative relationships with members of her circle
•       Source material

Proposals are invited in the following formats:

•       Individual papers (20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion)
•       Themed sessions (with four 15-minute papers, each followed by 5 minutes of discussion)
•       Lecture-recitals (40 minutes in total)

Proposals for individual papers should be no longer than 250 words, offering an overview of the topic and critical approach; those for themed sessions should take the form of a 250-word summary of the general aims of the session, together with a brief overview of each paper.

Proposals for lecture-recitals should consist of a 250-word outline of the issues and repertoire under consideration. A list of recent performances and/or recordings would form welcome supporting material.

Please send proposals as a Word document to, with your name and institutional affiliation included in the body of the email rather than the proposal itself.

Programme Committee:
Joe Davies (University of Oxford)
Laura Tunbridge (University of Oxford)
Susan Wollenberg (University of Oxford)

Conference website:

The organizers express gratitude to the following organizations for their support of the conference: The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) andMusic & Letters.