Instruments of the Eighteenth Century

This new seminar series will explore the role of music in different contexts, applying a cultural lens to research, and asking how this approach can deepen an understanding of the eighteenth century.

Building on the success of the ‘Reading Images’ seminars at the Ashmolean, RECSO (Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century Studies Oxford) calls for proposals for 20-minute papers, for a seminar series in Michaelmas Term. Each seminar will last an hour, including time for examining, hearing, and even playing instruments from the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments.

While proposals are welcomed from scholars with specialist knowledge of music, submissions are also encouraged from those for whom this will be a new departure. Joint proposals with two speakers are welcome.

Seminar titles will take the form ‘Instruments of…’, for example:

– Instruments of culture: the role music played in social interaction
– Instruments of love: music in courtship, including examples from literature
– Instruments of war: experiences of conflict from the view of militia bands
– Instruments of science: impact of new technologies on performance space

To find out what is available in the collection, got to the Bate Collection website, or contact Andy Lamb on 01865 276139. If you are not sure your work fits but want to be involved, then please email alice.little@music`.ox.ac.uk to share your ideas informally.

To submit your proposal, please send an abstract of up to 300 words to Alice Little by 30 July 2017. Travel can be subsidised, so please give an indication of your costs.