“Music Books in Early Modern Europe: Materiality, Performance, and Social Expression”: The Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies NEH Summer Seminar; Chicago, July 6-31, 2009

Application deadline: 2 March 2009

The Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers
Supported by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, promoting excellence in the humanities.
Co-Directors: Carla Zecher, The Newberry Library and Richard Wistreich, Newcastle University

This seminar will explore music books produced in Europe between 1500 and 1700, engaging with the history of books and readers, and with the social and cultural history of performance. Recent scholarship on the history of the book emphasizes the book object as a space for cultural performance at all levels, from the “how-to” manual to a source for philosophical speculation. Like many book objects, music books are by their nature performative, not only as records of performances (real or imagined), but also as guides or prescriptions for behavior, and as indicators of wider cultural patterns and concerns.

The seminar will meet for four weeks, and will consist of discussion sessions, show-and-tell sessions of rare books, and weekly “cocktails and music making sessions.”  Under the guidence of the co-directors, participants will be expected to carry out individual research projects using The Newberry’s collection of early modern music books and related texts.  Participants will be assigned research carrels and and will have all the privileges of a scholar in residence.

Although this seminar will be of special interest to teachers of music history, we seek to attract a diverse group of participants from such academic fields as literature, history, art history, theater, and religious studies.

Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $3,200 to help defray travel and housing expenses.

Prospective applicants should consult the Newberry Library Centre for Renaissance Studies NEH Summer Seminar website; they are asked to complete the Application Cover Sheet online, and then to post hard copies of all other required materials (three copies each of the cover sheet, a résumé, an application essay, and two letters of recommendation) to the Center for Renaissance Studies.

Contact information:
Max Barry
The Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies
60 West Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: (312)255-3514
Fax: (312)255-3502
Email: renaissance@newberry.org
Visit the website at http://www.newberry.org/renaissance/nehseminar/musicbooks.html

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