1st Biennial Carl Nielsen Studies Conference

Newcastle University, 17–18 September 2020

The 1st Biennial Carl Nielsen Studies Conference will be held at Newcastle University on the 17th and 18th of September 2020. As Denmark’s most important musical figure, the conference celebrates Nielsen’s life and output. The event is jointly organised by the research project ‘Carl Nielsen – European Composer’ at the University of Copenhagen and the editorial board of the Anglo-Danish journal Carl Nielsen Studies

The organising committee is pleased to announce that Professor Michael Fjeldsøe (Copenhagen University) will be the Keynote Speaker.

Submissions for 20-minute presentations with 10 minutes of discussion are welcomed from postgraduate students, early career scholars and established academics. Topics for research papers may include, but are not limited to:

  • Theory and analysis
  • Historical and contextual research
  • Philosophical and/or political approaches
  • Biography
  • Nielsen’s literary output
  • Influences inside and outside of Denmark
  • Reception
  • Iconography
  • Archival research
  • Performance practice

The language of the conference will be English.

Proposals for individual papers should be sent by email to the Chair of the Organising Committee, Dr Christopher Tarrant, at christopher.tarrant@newcastle.ac.uk no later than 1700GMT on Friday, 27 March 2020. The results of the CfP will be announced in April. Proposals should include the following:

  • An abstract of no more than 250 words in length
  • A short CV (with contact information and institutional affiliation) no longer than one page in length
  • Any technical requirements

Please submit your proposal either in Word or PDF format.

Organising Committee:

  • Dr Christopher Tarrant (Chair, Newcastle University)
  • Professor Michael Fjeldsøe (University of Copenhagen)
  • Professor David Fanning (University of Manchester)
  • Professor Daniel M. Grimley (University of Oxford)
  • Dr Michelle Assay (University of Huddersfield)
  • Carmela Barbaro (Conference Assistant, Newcastle University)

The conference will take place in the Robert Boyle Lecture Theatre at Newcastle University. The University is situated in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North-East of England. It is easily accessible by road, rail, and air, and the local Metro network provides convenient connections between the University, the central railway station, and Newcastle Airport. There will be a conference dinner at a local restaurant on September 17 and this will also offer a chance to see some of the city’s impressive sights including its beautiful eighteenth-century architectural centre and the famous bridges over the River Tyne. At 55 degrees north, Newcastle is approximately equal in latitude to Copenhagen.