Conference dates and venue: 4 –7 September 2017, Bangor University, Wales
Deadline for Proposals: 1 March 2017
Proposal Submissions: email@example.com
The First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music aims to bring together academics, researchers and music professionals to share their research and experience of women working in music. The conference will explore and analyse the diverse historical, cultural and political themes of women’s work in music, and will provide a platform for participants to present and discuss recent developments and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted.
The conference is organised by the School of Music at Bangor University, Wales and has been timed to mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Grace Williams (1906-77), one of the first professional Welsh composers of the 20th century to attain international recognition. Although Williams is best known as the composer of pieces such as the Fantasia on Welsh Nursery Tunes (1940), 2 Symphonies (No. 1, 1943 and No. 2, 1956) and Penillion for orchestra (1955), her career consisted of a number of different strands. A noted pianist and conductor, she became a successful music teacher in London in the 1930s and 40s, and also worked for the BBC’s Schools Music Services, writing scripts and musical arrangements for school radio programmes.
Williams’s multi-faceted career can be seen to be part of a much broader development of increased opportunities for women musicians in the 20th century. Even so, her achievements today suffer from a lack of public awareness. Is this lack of awareness connected to broader developments in the struggle for and against gender equality in society, culture, education and in the music industries? What are the intellectual, practical and institutional challenges that women musicians have encountered? While much progress has been made in terms of awareness of women’s work in music in the past 50 years, what solutions need to be adopted to ensure that women achieve recognition and parity in the future? The First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music will seek to both celebrate the achievements of women musicians, and to critically explore and discuss the changing contexts of women’s work in music on the international stage.
We invite researchers and practitioners to submit proposals which engage with a range of methodologies and perspectives on women’s work in music, whether these be from an academic, practice-based or educational viewpoint. Proposals are encouraged on the subject of women’s work in music in any musical genre, period or practice which may address, but need not be limited to, the following topics:
- Popular Music
- Internationalism in Music
- Feminist Musicology
- Music Analysis
- Music Technology
- Music, Women and the Politics of Gender
- Queer Perspectives
- Canonisation in Music
- The Music Industries
- Music Education (primary, secondary and tertiary / higher levels)
- Musical Work by Women (historical and contemporary perspectives)
- The Representation of Women making Music (photography, internet, CD covers, blogs)
Proposals for papers should be sent as abstracts of not more than 200 words. Individual papers should be 20 minutes in length and will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion.
Proposals for lecture-recitals should be sent as abstracts of not more than 300 words. Recitals should be 45 minutes in length and will be followed by discussion.
Proposals for organised panels of 4 speakers (2 hours) should submit a panel abstract (100 words) and individual abstracts (200 words each) in a single document together with the full names and email addresses of the participants. Questions about the organisation of panels should be directed to the conference organiser – firstname.lastname@example.org
Proposals for posters should be sent as abstracts of not more than 200 words. Proposals from graduate and postgraduate students will be particularly encouraged.
Please send your proposal as a Word document to email@example.com no later than 1 March 2017. The following format should be used:
- Name, affiliation (if applicable) and contact details (postal address, email and phone)
- Type of presentation (paper, lecture recital, panel or poster)
- Title of presentation
- Audio-visual and other requirements (the following are available: Data projector or large plasma screen; Desktop PC; VGA, HDMI and 3.5mm audio inputs; CD player; DVD player; Visualiser; Piano)
- Brief biography (150 words)
The Conference Committee will make its final decision on the abstracts by 3 April 2017, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme, registration, accommodation and the conference dinner will be posted on the website after that date.
Conference Organising Committee
Chris Collins, Bangor University; Annika Forkert, Bristol University; Christina Homer, Bangor University: Laura Hamer, Liverpool Hope University: Rhiannon Mathias (Organiser), Bangor University; Wyn Thomas, Bangor University.
Dr Sophie Fuller, Faculty of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
For any additional information, please contact Rhiannon Mathias – firstname.lastname@example.org