North American British Music Studies Association

President Bailey awarded NEH fellowship

Congratulations to NABMSA president Candace Bailey! Her project “Music and the Performance of Women’s Culture in the South, 1840-1870″ has been selected for a NEH Award for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This award provides support for twelve months research and writing, similar to the more familiar NEH Fellowship in the Humanities.

CFP: Facing the Music of Medieval England. Study Day: University of Huddersfield. Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 March 2015

CFP: Facing the Music of Medieval England. Study Day: University of Huddersfield. Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 March 2015

Recent work on medieval England and its music has focused on a wide range of issues, from editing fragmentary sources, to the consideration of historiographical questions. The publication of facsimiles and editions of medieval English music has made this repertoire significantly more readily available than a decade ago, yet discussions of the music of the period (its language, form, genres, style, textuo-musical relationships, and broader questions of meaning) remain underexplored. Facing the Music of Medieval England invites participants to engage with the musical repertoire as composed, cultivated and disseminated in England before c.1500. A keynote lecture, by Dr Margaret Bent, will be complemented by paper sessions that focus on thirteenth-, fourteenth- and fifteenth-century music from a variety of analytical standpoints. A session focused on reconstructing medieval English music will also allow discussion of the notion of musical text, notations, source transmission and style. The close focus on musical texts, editions, and issues such as reconstruction will benefit from the provision of interactive materials available to participants on iPads, to be provided to participants for use in sessions, fully networked and pre-loaded with relevant musical software, web resources and conference materials. A publication opportunity is available for selected contributions, which will form a special issue of the journal Early Music, subject to the standard peer review process. The organisers wish to extend a particular invitation to current research students, early career scholars, and independent scholars. The registration fee will be kept to a minimum to encourage wide participation from all sectors of the scholarly community, and is expected to be no more than £15.

Titles and abstracts for 20-minute papers to l.m.colton@hud.ac.uk by 10 January 2015.

Conference organisers: Dr Lisa Colton & Dr James Cook