20th Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music

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  • Please note: PGR stands for Graduate Students and Postgraduate Research Students, and ECR stands for Early Career Researchers, meaning those who obtained their PhD up to three years ago.
  • Please note: changes to timings, etc., may occur, where necessary

We are grateful to the Royal Musical Association, and to the University of Huddersfield’s Music Research Fund, the Research Centre for Performance Practices (ReCePP) and Centre for the Study of Music, Culture and Identity (CMCI), for their generous support for this conference.

Call for Papers: Now Closed

2–4 July 2018

Richard Steinitz Building

University of Huddersfield, UK


The conference will include a keynote from Professor Sarah Hibberd (University of Bristol) and performances by members of Boxwood & Brass and the Meiningen Ensemble.

The Programme Committee invites proposals relating to any aspect of music and musical cultures of the long nineteenth century, and welcomes contributions on the following themes in particular:

  • historicism and modernity
  • ruptures and continuities
  • intersectionalities
  • continentalism and transnationalism
  • digital musicologies
  • music and literature (including the melodramatic, the fantastic, the lyric)
  • nineteenth-century analytical methodologies/philosophies
  • new approaches to analysing nineteenth-century music
  • responses to and understandings of notation
  • performing practices, reception, and criticism
  • popular and vernacular music
  • music, embodiment, and dance

Proposals are invited for the following:

  • Individual papers (20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion)
  • Themed sessions (three or four papers, each 20 mins, with 10 mins of discussion)
  • Roundtable sessions (up to six presenters, each giving a brief position paper, followed by general discussion)
  • Performances and lecture/recitals (40 minutes in total)
  • Posters (no larger than A2, and laminated)

Proposals should take the following form:

  • Individual papers: maximum of 250 words
  • Themed sessions: 250-word summary outlining the aims of the session and giving a brief description of each paper (200 words each)
  • Roundtable sessions: 250-word summary outlining the aims of the session and giving a brief description of each position paper
  • Performances and lecture/recitals: 250-word summary outlining the aims (plus supporting materials, for example CV, recordings, and/or programme details)

Please send proposals as an attachment (preferably a Word document) to 19cm2018@hud.ac.uk  Include your contact details in the body of the email, but please do not include your name in the proposal itself.  Proposers will be notified as soon as possible, and no later than early February. *Call now closed*

The conference website: https://research.hud.ac.uk/music/conferences/19thcenturymusic/


Conference Chair: 
Rachel Cowgill (University of Huddersfield)

Programme Committee:

Erica Buurman (Canterbury Christ Church University)

Joanne Cormac (University of Nottingham)

Rachel Cowgill (University of Huddersfield)

Steven Jan (University of Huddersfield)

David Milsom (University of Huddersfield)

Thomas Schmidt (University of Huddersfield)

Laura Tunbridge (University of Oxford)

Paul Watt (Monash University)



How to get to Huddersfield: https://www.hud.ac.uk/about/maps/

By air: the nearest airport is Leeds/Bradford (LBA), but it is easier to use Manchester Airport (MAN) – there is a direct train between Huddersfield and Manchester Airport (c55 mins) – https://www.thetrainline.com/train-times/manchester-airport-to-huddersfield  

By train: https://www.thetrainline.com/stations/huddersfield

Hotels (Huddersfield Town Centre)
Premier Inn (c5mins) – http://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/hotels/england/west-yorkshire/huddersfield/huddersfield-central.html
The Central Lodge Hotel (c10mins) – http://www.centrallodge.com/
The Cambridge Hotel – http://www.thecambridgehotel.com/ (c20mins, but 5mins from train station)