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Professor Bennett Zon, DPhil (Oxon), MMus (Edin), BMus (Michigan), Higher Education Teaching Certificate (Hull)

Professor in the Department of Music
Room number: Room 204, Main Building

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Bennett Zon is Professor of Music, founder and Director of the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies and a co-founder and Director of the International Network for Music Theology. He is founder and General Editor of the Cambridge journal, Nineteenth-Century Music Review and the Routledge Book series Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain, as well as co-founder and co-owner of Nineteenth-Century JISCmail. He is also an Editor of the Yale Journal of Music and Religion; the Congregational Music Studies book series (Routledge); Nineteenth-Century Contexts; and the Hellenic Journal of Music, Education and Culture.

Zon researches the relationship of music, religion and science in the long nineteenth-century. He has published four monographs, including The English Plainchant Revival (Oxford University Press, 1999); Music and Metaphor in Nineteenth-Century British Musicology (Ashgate, 2000); Representing Non-Western Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain (University of Rochester Press, 2007); and Evolution and Victorian Musical Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2017). His edited books include Victorian Culture and the Origin of Disciplines (edited with Bernard Lightman: forthcoming); Evolution and Victorian Culture (edited with Bernard Lightman, Cambridge University Press, 2014); Essays in Honour of Nicholas Temperley: Musical Performance Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Ashgate, 2012); Music and Orientalism in the British Empire, 1780s–1940s: Portrayal of the East (edited with Martin Clayton Ashgate, 2007); and three volumes of Nineteenth-Century British Music Studies (Ashgate, 2002-2003). He has published in numerous journals, amongst them Logos, Journal of the History of IdeasJournal of the Royal Musical Association, Victorian Review, Victorian Literature and Culture, Musicae Scientiae, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Current Musicology, Music and Liturgy, Early Music, Recusant History and Royal Stuart Papers; and has contributed many articles to Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Dictionary of National Biography, Grolier Encyclopedia of the Victorian Era, Dictionary of 19th Century Journalism and the New Dictionary of Hymnology.

Research Interests

  • Anglican and Catholic liturgical music and musical cultures
  • Music theology
  • Post-Reformation chant
  • The relationship of music, religion and science in long nineteenth- and twentieth-century culture

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Selected Grants

  • 2020: Audible Incarceration: Singing Communal Religion in Colonial Concentration Camps (£88900.00 from Leverhulme Trust)