CfP: 8th Biennial International Conference on Music Since 1900

Eighth Biennial International Conference on Music Since 1900
12-15 September 2013 – Liverpool Hope University
Submission Deadline: 14 December 2012

The Eighth Biennial International Conference on Music Since 1900 will take place at the Creative Campus, Liverpool Hope University, 12-15 September 2013, in collaboration with the European Opera Centre, Milapfest, MANTIS and Twentieth-Century Music.

The theme of the biennial conference is music since 1900 in its broadest sense, and the programming policy is to reflect music produced during this period in all its diversity. Proposals are warmly invited on any musical genre or repertoire of the twentieth and/or twenty-first centuries, using any scholarly approach. Paper proposals on aspects of electro-acoustic composition are also warmly encouraged. Bursaries are available.

Keynote lectures will be given by Robert Piencikowski, Paul Sacher Foundation Basel, Switzerland, and Caroline Potter, Kingston University, UK.

The conference will also include:

  • Plenary sessions on directions in contemporary music and the making of the B.B.C. Television animated film version of The Cunning Little Vixen which was instigated by the European Opera Centre (including screening of film)
  • Electro-acoustic concert featuring the Manchester Theatre in Sound diffusion system
  • Lecture-recital by the pianist Joanna MacGregor
  • Contemporary Indian art music concert by Milapfest

The programme committee welcomes proposals relating to any type of music written since 1900, but also invites proposals relating to the following conference sub-themes:

  • 1913 premières (Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Debussy’s Jeux, Webern’s Six Pieces for Orchestra, Bartók’s Deux images, Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder, Fauré’s Pénélope…
  • 1913 centenaries (birth of Witold Lutoslawski, Benjamin Britten, Maurice Ohana, René Leibowitz, Walter Susskind, Gina Bachauer, Tito Gobbi…)
  • 1963 anniversaries (death of Francis Poulenc, Jean Cocteau, Paul Hindemith, opening of the new Philharmonie in West Berlin, release of Please Please Me and With the Beatles by The Beatles…)

In addition, proposals may, but need not exclusively, relate to the following topics:

  • Women in Music (2013 marks the centenary of Lili Boulanger becoming the first woman to win the prix de Rome)
  • The Beatles/Not the Beatles: popular music in Liverpool
  • Locality (musical production, cultural identity, cultural heritage and tourism, and imagined places)
  • Culture, meaning and place within electro-acoustic composition
  • Criticism and reception
  • Recorded sound
  • Changing performance practices since 1900
  • Jazz in Europe
  • The validity of the terms ‘modernism’ and ‚avant-garde‘
  • Canon formation in twentieth- and twenty-first century music
  • Adaptation/Taking works to new audiences
  • Music and Dance

Proposals in the following categories will be considered:

  • Papers (20 minutes maximum, with 10 minutes for discussion)
  • Paper sessions (three or four papers, each 20 minutes maximum, with 10 minutes for discussion)
  • Roundtable discussions (up to 6 participants, each giving a short position paper, followed by a general discussion) – These are particularly encouraged on topics relating to the main conference sub-themes
  • Recitals or lecture-recitals (40 minutes maximum)
  • Posters (A1 format) – These are particularly encouraged from research students and/or research projects at early stages

Proposal Instructions/Guidelines

Abstracts and proposals should be prepared as follows:

  • For individual papers: up to 250 words
  • For paper sessions: 250-word (maximum) summary and up to 250 words for each session participant
  • For roundtable discussions: 250-word (maximum) summary and up to 150 words for each panel participant
  • For recitals or lecture-recitals: 250-word (maximum) summary, plus participant CVs and details of works to be included
  • For posters: up to 200-word proposals (brief visual sketches may also be submitted but are not absolutely required)

Please send proposals for individual papers, paper sessions (up to 4 participants), roundtable discussions (up to 6 participants), lecture-recitals, or posters to Dr Laura Hamer: For further information visit

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