Oxford Seminar in Music Theory & Analysis Launched

The Faculty is delighted to announce the launch of the new Oxford Seminar in Music Theory & Analysis (OSiMTA). Its convenors are Professor Jonathan Cross and Dr Sebastian Wedler.

The aim of OSiMTA is to explore and challenge the broad range of activity taking place under the heading of theory and analysis today. Our conception of theory and analysis is critical, plural and interdisciplinary. In shaping the seminars, we aim to embrace not only ‘conventional’ practices and histories of theory, but also new interdisciplinary approaches that engage with cultural studies, ethnomusicology, aesthetics and philosophy, psychology, performance studies, popular music studies, and so on. Speakers will include distinguished local, national and international scholars.

The seminar will meet two or three times a term. These seminars are open to all, including the general public. Sessions will last 90 minutes, refreshments are served, and lively discussion is encouraged. They will take place on Wednesday afternoons, beginning at 16.30, in the Committee Room of the Music Faculty.

The inaugural seminar takes place on Wednesday 17 October. Our distinguished guest speaker is Professor Peter H. Smith, Notre Dame University, USA, who will speak on issues of form in Mendelssohn.

For a full list of speakers and regular updates, including abstracts, please consult the dedicated OSiMTA pages. You can also follow OSiMTA on Twitter.

For further information email Sebastian.Wedler@music.ox.ac.uk or Jonathan.Cross@music.ox.ac.uk