Music and Politics in the 1930s

WHEN: Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 December 2019
WHERE: Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne (Royal Pde, Parkville), Australia

This symposium explores the impact of politics on music during the long 1930s (c.1925-1945). The expanding economic and cultural reach of the state in democratic and totalitarian regimes, in tandem with the rise of mass media in the form of radio and cinema, contributed to the politicisation of music during this tumultuous period. Papers are welcome on any genre or style of music and the ways in which politics intersected with issues relating to:

  • musical creation
  • institutions and music making
  • the reception of and critical writings on music
  • emerging media and the presentation of music
  • music and other art forms

Specific sessions will be devoted to the complex relations between music, political ideology, censorship and public morale during the Spanish Civil War and World War II.


Please email Michael Christoforidis (Symposium convenor) at by Friday 27 September 2019

  1. an abstract of not more than 200 words, together with
  2. a brief biographical note (not more than 100 words)

Presenters will be notified of participation in the conference by 1 October 2019. Please advise us if earlier notification is required.

Registration for the symposium is free.