Ruth Gipps: A Centennial Symposium

8th March 2021

5.45pm-6.45pm (UK)

An Online Event

An hour of talks and music marking 100 years since the composer’s birth. Featuring special guests – conductor Adam Stern, pianist Professor John Irving, clarinettist Jane Booth, musicologist Dr Helen Julia Minors and Dr Brittan Braddock

About this EventWho was Ruth Gipps? We will gain some insights into what it was like to work with her and discover what lay beyond the sometimes prickly front of her persona. As well as enjoying performances of three short pieces we will look at her chamber music and wind music in some detail with experts Adam Stern and Dr Brittan Braddock. A panel discussion at the end led by Dr Helen Julia Minors will encompass these themes in the context of Gipps’s role as a female leader in the music world.

The event will include performance of her chamber works for oboe, clarinet, piano and violin performed by Professor John Irving, Jane Booth, Rachel Harwood-White, Caroline Page, Toby Hawks and Helena Ruinard.

To register to attend please go to eventbrite:

Ruth Gipps – A Centennial SymposiumFeaturing special guests – conductor Adam Stern, Professor John Irving, Jane Booth, Dr Helen Minors and Dr Brittan

Presented in Association with Music in New Malden

With best wishes,On behalf of Helena Ruinard and Toby Hawks.

Please send queries via Dr. Minors at and your queries will be passed to Helena Ruinard.

Panel Discussion of Women Leaders in the Contemporary Music Industries, 8th March 2021, Women’s Musical Leadership Online Project

Registration is now open for the Women’s Musical Leadership Online Project’s one-day event exploring Women Leaders within the Contemporary Music Industries. This event will take place online on International Women’s Day 2021 (Monday 8 March), 11am-4pm. This event is free, but registration is required. The Teams link will be emailed to all those who have registered, shortly after registration closes.

Please register here:

More information on the Women’s Musical Leadership Online Project is available here:


11am – 1pm: Panel Discussion of Women Leaders in the Contemporary Music Industries

This online panel will bring together four women leaders to discuss gender issues in the contemporary music industries within a cross-genre perspective.

Invited speakers: Alexandra Ampofo (Women Connect/Metropolis Music); Deborah Annetts (Incorporated Society of Musicians); Clare Duffin (University of the West of Scotland/Drummer/Manager); Harriet Wybor (PRS for Music, Classical).

1pm – 2pm: Lunch Break

2pm – 4pm: Afternoon Session with Vick Bain

Vick Bain, founder of The F-List directory of female musicians, considers women working within the contemporary music industries and presents her ground-breaking work to ensure greater gender inclusion.

Dr Laura Hamer

Dr. Helen Julia Minors

Dr. Laura Watson

Artistic Research in Performance through Collaboration

Artistic Research in Performance through Collaboration, edited by Martin Blain and Helen Julia Minors (Palgrave)


28th January 2021, 5pm start

Following the publication of Artistic Research in Performance through Collaboration we will be hosting a book launch on 28th January at 5pm. You are most welcome to attend. The book launch programme is below.

5.00pm Welcome and Introductions, by the editors, Helen Julia Minors (Kingston School of Art, Kingston University) and Martin Blain (Manchester Metropolitan University [MMU]);

5.05pm Publisher Welcome: Tom Heeney (Palgrave), with a discount on the book;

5.10pm Contextualising the Book: short presentation by Helen Julia Minors (Chapter 7) and Martin Blain (Chapter 11) highlighting the key concerns and findings from the book (Chapters 1 and 2);

5.20pm Short Presentations: the following authors will give a short (3-5 minutes) discussion, outlining the key features of their chapters:

Andy Hamilton (Durham University): The Aesthetics of Artistic Collaboration (Chapter 4)

Alice Kettle, Helen Felcey, Amanda Ravetz (Manchester School of Art, MMU): In the Bee Hive: Valuing Craft in the Creative Industries (Chapter 5)

Tom Armstrong (University of Surrey): Collaboration and the Practitioner-Researcher: A Composer’s Perspective (Chapter 8)

Karen Wood (Coventry University) and Mathilde Pavis (University Of Exeter): Creative Industries and Copyright: Research  into Collaborative Artistic Practices in Dance (Chapter 9)

Sally Morfill (Manchester School of Art, MMU): Romance and Contagion: Notes on a Conversation Between Drawing and Dance (Chapter 10)

Roger McKinley (formerly Research and Information Manager at FACT Liverpool, now research manager, Manchester Metropolitan University), with Mark Wright (Liverpool John Moores University): Connecting Silos: Examples of Arts Organisation and HEI Collaboration at the Foundation for Arts and Creative Technology (Chapter 12)

5.50pm Respondent, Dr. Stefanie Sachsenmaier (Middlesex University)

To register your attendance, email your name and affiliation to Dr. Helen Julia Minors by 26th January 2021. The event will be hosted on Teams and a link will be sent to those who book by email.

EDI in Music Studies Network Launch Event

EDI in Music Studies Network



2.00-4.00PM (online)


2.00-2.15         Welcome and Overview of the Aims of EDIMS,

co-chairs Helen Julia Minors (Kingston) and Laudan Nooshin (City)

2.15-2.45         An Introduction to some of the Working Groups:

Genevieve Arkle (Surrey), Social Media Working Group

Freya Jarman (Liverpool), Website Update

Amy Blier-Carruthers (Kings), Industry Liaison Working Group

Chamari Wedamulla (Kingston), Students and ECRs: Transitions Working Group

and others…

2.45-3.30pm    Panel: A Vision for EDI in Music in HEIs – a sharing of experiences

Guest Speakers:

Nate Holder (independent consultant)

Alok Nayak (Milapest)

Freya Jarman (Liverpool)

3.30-3.45pm    An overview of EDIMS first project

Anna Bull (Portsmouth), Research Report Working Group: aims and goals

3.45-4.00pm    Q+A with EDIMS steering group

For more information and for the zoom details please contact Dr. Helen Julia Minors,

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Music Higher Education

Call for Papers.

Convened by the Royal Musical Association and MusicHE (formerly NAMHE) in partnership with the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (UK and Ireland), the Society for Music Analysis and the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE)

Friday 24th January 2020 125 Conference Suite, City, University of London, London EC1V 0HB

In her study of diversity and racism in institutional life, cultural theorist Sara Ahmed writes about the ‘politics of stranger making; how some … become understood as the rightful occupants of certain spaces … whilst others are treated as “space invaders”, as invading the space reserved for others’. How do we create Music Departments that don’t feel like spaces ‘reserved for others’? What should Music Departments of the 21st century look like, both in their personnel and their curricula? In terms of gender, we have come a long way in recent decades, but much remains to be done when it comes to other dimensions of difference and exclusion. What does the current state of Music HE reveals about the workings of power and privilege, about who and what becomes centred and peripherised, and why. What are the barriers to diversity?

Following the workshop, ‘Interrogating Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Music: BAME routes into and through Higher Education’, held in May 2019, we are convening a one-day event to address the questions above, to continue the discussion around EDI issues in Music HE and to identify ways of extending work in this area. Recognising that EDI is an important issue facing music education today, and that Music HE has an important role to play in shaping the broader agenda, we invite colleagues to share best practice from within their own departments. What activities, innovations, curricular changes, pedagogic approaches and recruitment events are happening which specifically address a diversity agenda, especially (but not exclusively) with regard to ethnicity and class? The aim is to develop a broad subject awareness of what is going on nationally and to provide a forum for exploring ideas and proposals for future work.

Presentations should be 15 minutes in length, can be sole or collaboratively presented, and can take the form of paper, demonstration, workshop, or other format as suitable for the project being shared. Please submit a title and 200-word abstract, with short biographies of no more than 100 words per contributor, to by 8th November 2019. The steering group will review and contact contributors no later than 22nd November 2019. The day will include a provocation session to stimulate debate, a range of case studies, and opportunity to network. We anticipate that one of the outcomes of the day will be the opportunity to share ideas and teaching resources via MusicHE’s newly launched website.

Simon McVeigh (RMA)

Helen Julia Minors (MusicHE)

Laudan Nooshin (RMA)

Media and Communications and Music at Kingston University Present – BTS (방탄소년단) A Global Interdisciplinary Conference Project

Kingston University, Penryn Road, London, 4-5 January 2020. Call for Papers

Keynote Speaker: Professor LEE Ji-Young

Sejong University Author of BTS, Art and Revolution

Korean boy group BTS are the first ever Korean act to perform at Wembley Stadium as part of their Love Yourself: Speak Yourself world tour. Debuting in 2013 under Big Hit Entertainment, BTS initially struggled to gain recognition in Korea as they didn’t come from one of the big three Korean entertainment companies. However, the last few years have seen BTS become the most internationally successful Korean act of all time, amassing not only domestic awards but prestigious US awards including The Best Duo/Group at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. Their recent sold-out concerts at Wembley clearly delineate BTS as a dominant force in global music and within popular culture. This inclusive inter- and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine the success and popularity of BTS from a variety of academic, practice, and fan-based perspectives. This ethos of this conference is to bring together academics, fans and practitioners in a supportive and inclusive space to talk, debate and to share ideas about BTS. This is a hierarchy-free space in which everyone’s views are valued equally. Issues may relate to mu8sic, visual art, performance art, culture, fashion and so on. We hope this is a truly interdisciplinary event. It is anticipated that there will be a fan and/or student strand in addition to an exhibition of fan work with a prize for the best entry.

Submissions are welcomed across a range of topics including, but not limited to:

Translation and Glocalization including fan translation practices

World-building and the BTS’ Universe

Tradition and Modernity in BTS’s art

Fan fiction, fan art and fan practices

Fandom, girl’s culture and cultural value

Hallyu, Web 2.0 and online fandom

Diversity and inclusivity

Participatory culture and fandom

Fandom wars and internal conflict between old and new fans

Blackness and BTS

Desire and agency

UNICEF and the #LoveYourself and #SpeakYourself campaigns

‘Soft’ Masculinity and emotionality

Intersectional practices and identities: gender, sexuality, race, age, dis/ability, interculturality

Frameworks of interpretations: personal, psychological, cultural materialist, philosophical, feminist etc.

Personal narratives of belonging

Mental Health awareness

BTS, Hip-Hop and Hybridity

Music Videos: Aesthetics and Attributes

Multimedia musical performance


Marketing, Branding, Tourism

We welcome proposals for traditional 20-minute presentations together with poster presentations, creative projects, exhibits, roundtables, and workshops on any aspect of BTS. If this is your first time at an academic conference, please be assured that you will be on a panel that is appropriate with an experienced chair. If you wish to submit fan-based work for consideration for the prize, details will be supplied on request.

Submission Guidelines

• Proposal for an academic paper presentation or poster presentation: title, abstract (up to 250 words) plus short biography (150 words)

• Proposal for a panel (up to 4 presenters): title, description of panel (400 words), abstract of each individual paper (maximum of 4) and short biography of each panelist (150 words)

• Proposal for a workshop, discussion or roundtable: title, description of panel (400 words), and short biography of each participant (150 words)

• Proposal for a creative panel: title, description of panel (400 words), and short biography of each participant (150 words)

The conference committee welcomes your participation and questions.

Conference Committee:

Dr. Colette Balmain (chair), Kingston University

Dr. Helen Julia Minors, Kingston University

Dr. Morimoto, Independent Scholar

Eugene Kim, Kingston University

Mehneer Dhillon, Kingston University

Please send submissions as word attachments to an email to: Colette Balmain, with BTS Conference 2020 as the title.

Deadline: 16th August 2019

Notification of decision: 31st August 2019


Selected peer reviewed papers from the conference will go forward to an edited book entitled: BTS: Intersectional Practice, Globalization and Performance Art, edited by Drs. Colette Balmain, Helen Julia Minors and Lori Morimoto. Please indicate in your conference proposal submission whether you would like your abstract also as part of the book proposal. Papers will be between 6,000 – 8,000 words inclusive of references. Please use Chicago style guides. Endnotes, and not footnotes, are requested. 150 word biographies are required. Chapters are allowed no more than one black and white illustration and authors are responsible for confirming copyright permissions are gained prior to the chapter deadline. The inclusion of web links in the text is encouraged. The publication will use UK English.

Deadline: 20th March 2020