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Music

The English Musical Renaissance and the Church

Royal Musical Association and Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies conference


5 November 2018

Durham University


Deadline for proposals: 5 October 2018 (extended deadline)


The organising committee for The English Musical Renaissance and the Church and the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies invite proposals for this one-day conference to be held at Durham University on the 5 November 2018.

We invite researchers to submit proposals engaging with perspectives on the relationship between composers associated with the English Musical Renaissance (EMR) and the church. PhD students are especially welcome to submit presentations. Proposals may address, but need not be limited to, the following topics:

  • EMR composers and hymnody
  • EMR composers and science, especially evolutionary thought
  • EMR composers, revealed and natural theologies
  • EMR composers and the liturgy
  • Analytical approaches to the church music of EMR composers
  • The church music of EMR composers and the long nineteenth century
  • EMR composers, and sacralisation of the secular
  • EMR composers, legacies today

Individual Proposal

Abstracts for a single speaker (20 minutes + 10 discussion) should be 350 words and clearly describe the argument, evidence, and research findings, and situate the work in relation to previous scholarship.


Panel Proposal

Abstracts for 3 speakers (1 hour) or 4 speakers (2 hours) should be 350 words and provide an outline of the main argument, evidence, and research findings of the panel, as well as situating the panel’s work in relation to previous scholarship and articulating how the research contributes to research into Victorian interdisciplinary. The panel organiser should also include an individual proposal abstract for each paper following the guidelines for Individual Proposals, along with each panelist’s contact information. Panel Proposals will be considered only as a whole, the session’s coherence being an essential part of the evaluation process.


Submission information

Please send your proposals as Word documents to cncs@durham.ac.uk no later than 5 October 2018 (extended deadline). The following format should be used:

  • Name, affiliation (if applicable) and contact details (postal address, email and phone)
  • Type of presentation (individual or panel)
  • Abstract title
  • Audio-visual and other requirements (the following are available: Data projector or large plasma screen; Desktop PC; VGA, HDMI and 3.5mm audio inputs; CD player; DVD player; Visualiser; Piano)
  • Brief biography (150 words)