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CFP: CUSO workshop on Theories of Intermediality, Brienz 17-18 October 2014

The aim of this workshop is to familiarize students with a range of theories of intermediality developed by the invited leading scholars in the field and to vet students’ methodological tools when dealing with medially hybrid artefacts. PhD students from all disciplines are invited to present their work for about 15 minutes, followed by discussion.The guest speakers are Prof. J. W. Heffernan (Dartmouth College/USA), Prof. Werner Wolf (University of Graz/Austria) and Prof. Lars Elleström (Linnaeus University, Sweden). The deadline for submission of proposals is 24 August 2014; further details are included in the CFP.


Conference on Music Literature, Historiography and Aesthetics, Institute of Musical Research, University of London, 17–18 July 2014

Convened by Dr Paul Watt, Monash University, Dr Sarah Collins, Monash University, Dr Michael Allis, University of Leeds

Keynote Speaker: Dr Delia da Sousa Correa, Open University
‘Fictions about Music: From George Eliot to Janet Frame’

Though the relationship between music and words has occupied a prominent position in philosophical and aesthetic discourse on the arts since antiquity, the historiography of this relationship have received far less attention, and the broad area of ‘words about music’ or music literature generally, remains understudied. Significant recent scholarship however, has signalled the emerging importance of this area of study, and the conference aims to provide a forum for consolidated interdisciplinary discussion in this area, and to highlight and focus its innovative methodological potential that can be applied more broadly within musicology and literary and historical studies. Further details are available online.

CFP: Listening Between the Lines:
Exploring the relationship(s) between music and literature, Monash University, Friday 13th June, 2014

This symposium aims to enact such a cultural exchange by gathering research that blends musical and literary topics in diverse and novel ways. We encourage papers that explicitly address the disciplinary relationship between music and literature, and also those that outline the methodologies of one discipline for the edification of the other. Since there are any number of aesthetic forms that can combine music and words, we invite submissions from any literary studies, creative writing, musicology, ethnomusicology, performance studies, film and television, translation studies, or any number of other disciplines that may touch upon them. Deadline: 1 May 2014. Download the call for papers in PDF format.

CFP: Interdisciplinary conference on Music studies, Vienna, Austria, 28-29.06.2014

The Centre for Research in Social sciences is inviting paper/panel proposals for an Interdisciplinary Conference on Music studies to be held in Vienna (Hotel Ambassador).

Music significantly shapes our daily lives, and we are surrounded with music every day. Level of attachment to music goes that far that young population in one study stated if on a Desert Island they would miss music the most (Bahanovich & Collopy, 2009). Music affects our identity creation, and it sends messages about us as people, i.e. what we listen may show who we really are. In younger age, music contributes to the level of acceptance and/or rejection of peers and music is considered being one of the key elements of life of youngsters. In more mature age, we still enjoy music by attending concerts, listening to music on the radio, and whether we know it or not, music is forming our daily lives.

Submissions of abstracts (up to 500 words), short bios (up to 100 words), and email contact should be sent to Dr Martina Topić ( by 20th May 2014. Further details are available from the conference website.

MDRN Symposium: Listening to Literature 1900-1950 (12-14 March 2014)

This three-day conference seeks to survey the impact of aural media (phonograph, gramophone, telephone, radio) and other major sound events of the first half of the twentieth century on the literature of the period. Through in-depth analysis of the different ways in which modernist and avant-garde authors reflected on and incorporated sound and aural technologies in their writings, we aim to explore the literary soundscape between 1900 and 1950.


  • Julian Murphet (University of New South Wales, Sydney)
  • Michael Bull (University of Sussex)
  • Laura Marcus (University of Oxford)

Further details of the programme and how to register are available from the symposium website.

Film and the Other Arts, 1895–1955, Oxford, 4-5 April 2014  

An interdisciplinary symposium

Grove Auditorium, Magdalen College, University of Oxford        

The aesthetic connections drawn between film and the literary, visual and performing arts were familiar themes of the discourses of early cinema. In this symposium, researchers from a broad range of disciplines in the humanities will consider the overt representation of the arts on film throughout the first sixty years of the medium. See the symposium website for programme details.

Musical and Other Cultural Responses to Political Violence in Latin America, University of Manchester,  6 December 2013

Registration for the conference Musical and Other Cultural Responses to Political Violence in Latin America on 6 December at the University of Manchester is now open. You can register online now.

Details of the programme are below. Paper abstracts are available online.

Conference programme

9.30-10am – Registration 

10-10.10am – Welcome – Caroline Bithell 

10.10-11.40am – Testimony and myth in armed conflict
Chair: Hettie Malcomson 

‘New Song, New Time: Peruvian Marxisms and Music in a Revolutionary Era’ – Jonathan Ritter (University of California, Riverside)

‘The Violent Andes: Crisis and Cultural Difference in Narratives of Peru’s Internal Armed Conflict’ – Daniel Willis (University of Manchester)

‘Singing a Change: Rephrasing White Upper Class Identity through Fusion Music in Post-war Lima’ – Fiorella Montero (Royal Holloway)

11.40am-12.00noon – Coffee break 

12.00-13.00pm – Experimental aesthetics of violence
Chair: Jordana Blejmar 

‘Enrique Lihn’s El Paseo Ahumada (1983) and the Mapping of Violence’ – Constanza Ceresa (University College London) 

‘Is There a Politics in the Sounds of Raul Ruiz? The Case of La Maleta (1963)’ – Laura Jordán (Université Laval) and Nicolás Lema (Australian National University)

1-2pm – Lunch 

2-3.45pm – Clandestine movements and detention under dictatorship
Chair: Toby Heys 

‘Quem cala morre contigo [He who stays silent dies with you]: Clandestine Movements, Musical Activism, and the Lyricists of the Clube da Esquina in Dictatorial Brazil’ – Holly Holmes (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) 

‘The Power of the Song: Forbidden Singing in an Argentine Prison’ (film excerpt by Michael Chanan, University of Roehampton) plus ‘Cinema Sundays in a Maximum Security Prison in Córdoba, Argentina’ – Ana Mohaded (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina) 

‘Musical Commemorations of the Fortieth Anniversary of Pinochet’s Coup’ – Katia Chornik (University of Manchester) 

3.45-4pm – Coffee Break 

4-5pm – Contemporary communities’ responses to police brutality and other State wrongs
Chair: Cara Levey 

‘Culture and Freedom? Creative Responses to Political Violence in Medellin, Colombia’ – Theresa Bean (University of Leeds), Jez Collins (Birmingham City University) and Ruth Daniel (University of Manchester) 

‘Vinegar: A Brazilian Anthology of Poetry against Oppression’ – Rosane Carneiro Ramos (King’s College London) 

5.15-6.30pm – Keynote lecture - Michael Lazzara (University of California, Davis)
Chair: Par Kumaraswami 

‘Complicity and Responsibility in the Aftermath of the Pinochet Regime: The Case of “El Mocito”’ – Michael Lazzara (University of California, Davis)

Words and Music II Conference, Portorož, Slovenia  -  11-12 April 2014

Univerza na Primorskem
Fakulteta za turistične študije - Turistica
Obala 11a
6320 Portorož

In December, 2011, the first Words and Music conference was held in Maribor, Slovenia. Words and Music II will take place at the sunny Slovenian seaside. This conference will explore the relationship between words and music, and the place of that relationship in modern culture.

Possible topics of relevance include, but are not limited to, songs and song lyrics, poems set to music, novels about music and musicians, opera and librettos, rock opera, metaphor in music, translating song lyrics, phonetics and pronunciation in singing, drama and dramatic elements in music videos, music and travel, music and tourism, music journalism, music and ideology, using song lyrics in the classroom, and songs and culture.

Interested individuals are asked to submit an abstract of up to 250 words (including presentation title) and complete contact information (name, institutional affiliation, mail and e-mail addresses, and contact telephone number) by November 30, 2013.

The conference will be jointly organized by The University of Primorska, The University of Ljubljana, The University of Maribor, and SDAŠ, the Slovensko društvo za angleške studije.

Contact email: <>

For more information about the conference, please visit our website at:

The St Andrews English Colloquium: ‘Opera & Fiction’, University of St Andrews, 11 and 12 May 2013

The inaugural St Andrews English Colloquium is on the subject of Opera & Fiction. It comprises one and a half days of lectures by literary critics and musicologists including Brad Bucknell, Philip Ross Bullock, Delia da Sousa Correa, Kate Kennedy, Cormac Newark, Jeremy Tambling, and Phyllis Weliver, on 11th and 12th May 2013. The composer Thea Musgrave will also be speaking and the concert on Saturday evening includes the world premiere of her work, based on three of her historical operas, 'Three Women'. All events are free and open to the public and you are warmly invited to attend. For further information see:

Ninth Biennial Conference on Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Cardiff University, 24-27 June 2013

The Ninth Biennial International Conference on Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain will be held in association with the Royal Philharmonic Society and Royal Musical Association at Cardiff University School of Music from 24 June (1.15pm) until 27 June 2013 (3.45pm). The keynote speakers will be Professor Simon Goldhill (Director, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge University) and Dr Leanne Langley (Associate Fellow, Institute of Musical Research, University of London). See the conference website for further details and booking information.