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.

“Conflict-/-Collaboration” 42nd Musicological Society of Australia Conference

7-9 December 2019

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash Univeristy, Clayton, Melbourne, Australia

Call for Papers – Submission Deadline 12 May 2019

Conference Webpage


In recognising the challenges of a contemporary world where traditional cultural, social and geographical boundaries are regularly broken down and new ones set up, we have created a conference theme that juxtaposes two apparently opposing ideas – conflict and collaboration – to contemplate the consequences for art and everyday life. In music-related contexts we seek answers to the questions: what is the nature of conflict and its consequences; what is the nature of collaboration and its consequences; what happens when conflict and collaboration intersect?

Emphasising the MSA’s remit to encourage and support all disciplinary approaches to music research, we invite papers on any music-related research topic that considers conflict and/or collaboration.

An indication of the approaches and topics we hope to inspire include (but are not limited to):

  • Analytical studies of musical works that deal with conflict
  • Results of collaborative research projects
  • Internal conflicts experienced by practice-led music researchers
  • The gender gap in collaborative contemporary popular music
  • Conflicting views on music for worship
  • A philosophical argument for dispelling Lone Ranger myths and endorsing collective creativity
  • Music as distraction from unresolvable conflict situations
  • Assessing collaborative music-making apps
  • The conflict of the commission: client-composer negotiations
  • Illicit Associations: music critics and music producers
  • Conflicts encountered in preserving indigenous music
  • Is functional harmony a metaphor for collaboration?
  • Balancing the conflicting needs of stakeholders in community music-making
  • Ludomusicology in an era of media-supported extremism
  • Ethnological accounts of collaborations or conflicts between e.g. co-creators of musical works, performers and producers, teachers preparing musicians for competitions and so forth.

In addition to presentations that address the conference theme, and in keeping with the MSA’s objective of supporting all Australian music researchers and their current projects, abstracts on any aspect of music-related research are also welcomed

Proposal Submission Guidelines are available here:

Deadline for Submissions is Midnight 12 May 2019 AEST