Friday, 31 July 2009

CFP: The Symphony Orchestra as Cultural Phenomenon (IMR, University of London)

1 - 3 JULY 2010

Edward Elgar described the symphony orchestra as ‘the mighty engine, the vehicle of the highest form of art ever known to the world’, and from the 1880s onwards this widely held belief gave orchestral music a prominent place in British musical life. In the 21st century, however, such a position is perhaps no longer tenable.

Call for papers: The Programme Committee warmly welcomes proposals focusing on economic, political, social and cultural developments connected with the symphony orchestra and their effects on composers, performers, conductors, producers, artistic directors, back-room staff, recording engineers, public and private broadcasters, recording companies, publishers, critics, scholars, audiences, listeners, viewers, fundraisers, patrons, arts councils, and so forth; or the ‘outcomes’ of their activity, including, but not limited to, such things as scores, recordings, concerts, lectures, essays, books, criticism, interviews, commissions and contracts. Those submitting proposals may also wish to address the relationship between historical context and place (such as venues, cities, and countries), or the formation and dissemination of ideas about the orchestra.

Proposals of 250 words maximum are invited for the following:

• Papers (20 minutes maximum, with 10 minutes discussion)

Proposals of 650 words maximum are invited for the following:

• Themed paper sessions of three or four papers (to include a proposal of 300 words maximum outlining the purpose of the themed session, along with brief explanations of each of the individual papers to be included – each paper to be 20 minutes maximum plus ten minutes discussion)

DEADLINE for proposals: 5pm (GMT), Monday, 30 November 2009

Results Announced: mid-January 2010

Preliminary Programme: mid-January 2010

Please submit by email, in an attachment including your full name and contact details, to the IMR Administrator Mrs Valerie James: [music at]

Proposals will be anonymised before consideration by the Programme Committee.

Programme Committee: Stephen Cottrell (Goldsmiths College, University of London), Rachel Cowgill (Liverpool Hope University), Jonathan Cross (University of Oxford), John Irving (Institute of Musical Research), Jann Pasler (University of California, San Diego), Julian Rushton (University of Leeds), Derek B. Scott (University of Leeds).

Convenors: Duncan Boutwood (University of Leeds), Roddy Hawkins (University of Leeds).

Please email Roddy Hawkins with any queries: r.w.m.hawkins at


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