Second International Conference on Women’s Work in Music


Conference Dates and Venue: 4th – 6th September 2019, Bangor University, Wales


Proposal Submissions:

Deadline for Proposals:  Friday, 1 March 2019

Following the success of the first international conference, the School of Music & Media at Bangor University invites proposals for the Second International Conference on Women’s Work in Music. The conference aims to celebrate the achievements of women musicians from across the ages to present day, and will aim to critically explore and discuss the changing contexts of women’s work in music on the international stage.

2019 marks the (birth) anniversaries of Barbara Strozzi (1619-77), Clara Schumann (1819-96), and the 40th anniversary of the death of Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979). What were the different intellectual, practical and cultural challenges these composers encountered during their lives?  And are we familiar enough with their music today? 

Although much progress has been made in terms of a better awareness of women musicians in recent years, what are the solutions that need to be adopted to ensure that women (both historic and contemporary) as composers, performers, educators and music professionals in general achieve greater recognition and parity? The conference will explore and analyse the diverse historical, cultural and political themes of women’s work in music, and will provide a platform for participants to present and discuss current developments and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted.

Proposal Submission

We invite researchers and practitioners to submit proposals which engage with a range of methodologies and perspectives on women’s work in music, whether these be from an academic, practice-based or educational viewpoint. While proposals on the subject of historical female composers are particularly encouraged, proposals can focus on women’s work in music in any musical genre, period or practice which may address, but need not be limited to, the following topics:




Popular Music

Internationalism in Music


Feminist Musicology

Music Analysis

Music Technology

Music, Women and the Politics of Gender

Intersectionality of Race, Class and Dis/ability

Queer Perspectives

Canonisation in Music

The Music Industries

Music Education (primary, secondary and tertiary / higher levels)

Musical Work by Women (historical and contemporary perspectives)

The Representation of Women making Music (photography, internet, CD covers, blogs)

Submission Guidelines

Individual Papers

Proposals for papers should be sent as abstracts of not more than 200 words. Individual papers should be 20 minutes in length and will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion.


Proposals for lecture-recitals should be sent as abstracts of not more than 300 words. Recitals should be 45 minutes in length and will be followed by discussion.


Proposals for organised panels of 4 speakers (2 hours) should submit a panel abstract (100 words) and individual abstracts (200 words each) in a single document together with the full names and email addresses of the participants. Questions about the organisation of panels should be directed to Rhiannon Mathias –


Proposals for posters should be sent as abstracts of not more than 200 words. Proposals from graduate and postgraduate students will be particularly encouraged.

Please send your proposal as a Word document to no later than Friday, 1 March 2019. The following format should be used:

Name, affiliation (if applicable) and contact details (postal address, email and phone)

Type of presentation (paper, lecture recital, panel or poster)

Title of presentation


Audio-visual and other requirements (the following are available: Data projector or large plasma screen; Desktop PC; VGA, HDMI and 3.5mm audio inputs; CD player; DVD player; Visualiser; Piano)

Brief biography (150 words)

Conference Committee:  Chris Collins (Bangor University), Annika Forkert (Liverpool Hope University), Laura Hamer (Open University), Christina Homer (Bangor University), Rhiannon Mathias (Bangor University), Steph Power (Composer, Author, Editor)

For additional information, please contact Rhiannon Mathias –