Conference: Data for the Social Historian of 18th-century English Music Back

Conference programme and registration: Data for the Social Historian of 18th-century English Music – IMR Conference

Senate House Library, Tuesday, 27 June 2017



This one-day conference aims to bring together early career researchers, postgraduate students and family historians, interested in using archival, bibliographic and other kinds of primary source data to illuminate the social history of culture in eighteenth-century England.

This conference will invite scholars and students from all disciplines who are looking to expand their knowledge of the data available from the long eighteenth century. The programme has been selected to promote different types of data and information, to refresh the possibilities open to scholars, and forge new collaborations in the inclusion of these documents within wider historical studies.



10.55 Welcome

11.00 Keynote Address by Simon McVeigh (Goldsmiths)

11.30 Roundtable: Archives and Untapped Sources

Jenny Nex (Edinburgh School of Arts), Colin Coleman (Foundling Museum), Katharine Hobbs (Foundling Museum), Carole Taylor (University of Huddersfield)

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Simon Fleming (Durham University) and Martin Perkins (Birmingham Conservatoire)

What Can Subscription Lists to Music Publications Tell Us? Two Case Studies.

Ina Knoth (Hamburg University)

Complex ordinary people – reflecting on diaries as sources for social music historians

15.00 Tea Break

15.30 Roundtable: Building a digital resource from collections

Catherine Ferris (Dublin Institute of Technology), Catherine Harbor (Royal Holloway), Abigail Williams (University of Oxford)

16.45 Concluding discussion

17.00 Finish

A limited number of travel bursaries are available for those within three years of completing their PhD. If you would like to be considered for one of these, please include a paragraph of no more than 300 words on why attending the conference will improve your personal development and research project and the expected travel cost. The deadline for these applications is 5pm on 7 April 2017.

This conference is supported by the Institute of Musical Research and Royal Holloway, University of London, and it is free to attend.

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