Dr Joe Davies

Lecturer in Music, Lady Margaret Hall


Joe Davies works on the aesthetics and cultural history of eighteenth and nineteenth-century music, with particular emphasis on Franz Schubert and women composers. He completed an AHRC-funded doctorate at Oxford on notions of the sublime, the gothic, and the grotesque in Schubert’s late instrumental music. Together with Professor James Sobaskie, he is co-editor of Drama in the Music of Franz Schubert (Boydell & Brewer, forthcoming February 2019) – a collection of essays that reassesses Schubert’s operatic music as well as demonstrating previously unsuspected locations of dramatic innovation in his Lieder and instrumental works. He is currently developing a monograph on the aesthetics of Schubert’s late style, and preparing an edited volume of essays focused on Clara Schumann.

In association with The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), he is organizing the international conference Clara Schumann (née Wieck) and her World, scheduled to take place at Lady Margaret Hall on 15–16 June 2019.