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Centre for the Study of Music, Gender and Identity (MuGI)


Previous events

Facing the Music of Medieval England

21-22 March 2015, University of Huddersfield

Supported by the generous funding from the Plainsong and Medieval Music Society, Early English Church Music, and the Royal Musical Association, Facing the Music of Medieval England explored musical repertoire composed, cultivated and disseminated in England before c. 1500. Dr Margaret Bent's keynote address, 'What next? Avenues for new work on English music' raised a range of questions about the topics and directions of future scholarship in this and related areas, and digital conference packs allowed delegates to explore a range of sources and interactive materials together during the symposium.

Together with the conference programme and paper abstracts, selected presentations can be viewed via a Google Hangouts archive by following the links below.
Facing the Music conference programme
Paper presentations: Helen Deeming; Louise McInnes
Paper presentations: Magnus Williamson; John Caldwell; Monica Roundy; Elina Hamilton
Paper presentations: James Cook; Peter Wright
Paper presentations: Philip Weller and Andrew Kirkman


Sources of Identity: Makers, Owners and Users of Music Sources Before 1600

4-6 October 2013, University of Sheffield

Generously supported by the Royal Musical Association, Music and Letters Trust, and the Plainsong and Medieval Music Society, MuGI's second international conference explored the role of manuscript and print sources in creating and communicating aspects of identity for their creators, owners, and users. The conference turned the spotlight onto the people involved in music manuscripts and prints, asking what the sources with which they are connected can tell us about the various motives lying behind their investment in music. Invited speakers included Jane Alden (Wesleyan), Julie Cumming (McGill), Honey Meconi (Rochester), and Marica Tacconi (Penn State). 

An anthology of essays deriving from the conference will be published in the Brepols series 'Epitome musical'. Click below to view the conference schedule.

Sources of Identity schedule


Gender, Musical Creativity and Age

6-7 October 2012, University of Huddersfield

This interdisciplinary conference took a broad approach to matters of representation and identity, examining the intersection of age and gender in relation to musical creativity across a wide range of historical periods and genres. Dr Sophie Fuller (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance; MuGI Visiting Research Fellow) gave the keynote paper, '"Something Revolting": Women, creativity and music after 50', which explored narratives of ageing and female creativity in the work of composers including Grace Williams, Elizabeth Maconchy, Joni Mitchell, and Patti Smith.

Click below to view the abstracts for all the papers presented at the conference. You can also view a Storify of tweets related to #MuGI2012 here. Thanks to Lauren Redhead for archiving these.

Gender, Musical Creativity and Age abstracts  



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