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Institute of Advanced Study

Dr Paul Watt

COFUND Senior Research Fellow at Trevelyan College (January - March 2016)

Dr Watt is a Senior Lecturer in Musicology, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University

Music and Morality in the Nineteenth Century. This Fellowship is a major international, interdisciplinary initiative involving landmark publications, collaborative meetings and grant applications. Traversing music, socio-legal studies, philosophy, history and literature scholarship, the Fellowship addresses the role that music played in narratives of morality in the nineteenth century. It will lay the foundations for Watt’s third sole-authored book, Music and Morality in the Nineteenth Century, which is under discussion with Cambridge University Press. The Fellowship will include a conference on ‘Music, morality and the performing arts in the nineteenth century’, with selected papers published in a special issue of Nineteenth Century Music Review. As part of Durham’s Institute of Advanced Study’s theme of ‘Evidence’, Watt will convene a ‘Research Conversation’ on unreliable evidence in attempts to construct narratives about nineteenth-century morality and music with invited speakers Prof. Bennett Zon and Professor Derek Scott (Leeds). In 2015 Monash University will establish a centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies that will be a satellite of the Durham centre, providing scholars from the Asia-Pacific region with a locus for interdisciplinary research.