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About Ann Buckley

Research Fellow, Centre for Medieval History,Trinity College Dublin Coordinator, Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland (FMRSI)

Historical Approaches to Music: a One-Day Interdisciplinary Conference to be held at Trinity College, Oxford

Date of conference: 24th March 2017

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 13th January 2017

Scholars of both music and history have long accepted that each of their fields of study has much to offer the other. Musicologists regularly address the historical context of their subject matter, whilst historians increasingly seek to employ music in understanding cultural and political developments. The best of these works employ a critical, nuanced approach, examining a range of musical genres and modes of musical production with historical rigour. However, methodological interaction between the two fields is still limited, and often subject to lip service alone. Seen by many as a specialist topic, demanding a slightly inaccessible methodological approach, music is too frequently the lesser sibling of supposedly more accessible forms of culture, notably literature.

In order to discuss these issues, this one-day conference seeks to draw together historians and music scholars who are engaging in interdisciplinary research into history and music. In particular, it aims to encourage those taking a historical approach to the subject of music, and to test underlying assumptions in the historiographies of musical cultures. We invite proposals for individual 20 minute papers, lecture recitals, or longer group presentations (preference will be given to those with an interdisciplinary makeup). Additionally, we welcome suggestions for topics suitable for panel discussion.

Proposals may consider any aspect of music history, including but not limited to the following topics:

*Methods, Sources and Historiography*

  • How might historical methodologies enhance our understanding of musical cultures?
  • What can a wider range of primary source material tell us about the music history of a particular time and place?
  • How effectively and convincingly has music been employed as a historical source
  • How can musicologists present their work in a way that ensures it will be accessible and of interest to the wider historiographical discourse?


*Case Studies*

  • In what ways has music impacted upon historical figures and events?
  • How has historical context affected the nature of particular compositions and cultures?
  • What role does music play in the construction of historical narratives?
  • How might extramusical lines of inquiry shed new light on widely accepted views of events in music history?

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to by 13th January 2017.

*Travel Bursaries*

We are hoping to make a limited number of travel bursaries available to postgraduate students and Early Career Researchers. Priority will be given to those presenting papers and those without institutional travel support.

If you would like to be considered for financial support, please submit a statement of no more than 200 words with your abstract. In your statement, please explain how the travel bursary would be used, including the following information:

  • What funding, if any, do you expect to receive from your university/institution?
  • Estimate the travel costs you expect to incur in attending the conference.


Kind Regards,

Richard Parfitt

Maura Valenti

Frances K. Watson


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2016 UCD/Abbey Theatre Shakespeare Lectures

The UCD/Abbey Theatre Shakespeare Lectures aims to sustain an ongoing conversation about Shakespeare in Ireland – in performance, in books, in history.

Remembering and forgetting Shakespeare in 1916.

This talk addresses what it means to remember Shakespeare in 2016, and reflects on the forgetting that is also required: forgetting not only aspects of Shakespeare’s life, work and legacy, but also that of certain of his contemporaries, notably those who died in the same year (Cervantes, Beaumont) or whose significant publication (the Jonson folio) has been overshadowed in subsequent centuries by Shakespeare’s cultural dominance.

With Prof. Gordon McMullan (King’s College, London)

For further details please see the following link:


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CFP: Monastic Journeys from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages

Vienna, November 17–19, 2016

The conference on “Monastic Journeys from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages: Religious Aspirations, Political Goals and Economic Concerns” welcomes contributions on Eastern and Western monasticisms. It will focus on monks travelling over long distances, despite the monastic rule of stabilitas loci.

Monastic journeys reveal the broad social functions of the monks in late antique and medieval societies. They show in what ways monasticism was regularly used to meet political needs. One may also consider the sacred geography and the holy places of power linked by those movements. Practical issues such as logistics, financing and distant accommodation may be addressed, as well as the role of monks in interreligious dialogue. The geographic frame is the wider Mediterranean and continental Europe. The period under consideration extends from the 4th to the 15th century.

Communications are expected to last 20 minutes. They will be presented preferably in English, but German and French are also accepted. 

Please send your title and a brief summary by 30 April 2016 to the following address:

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Celebrating the Saints: A Focus on Martyrologies and Calendars

Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
October 28-9, 2016

The Department of Irish and Celtic Languages and the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute are pleased to announce that they are hosting an interdisciplinary symposium entitled ‘Celebrating the Saints: A Focus on Martyrologies and Calendars’. This symposium calls attention to martyrologies and saints’ calendars from the early medieval to early modern period in both Latin and the vernacular, and brings together scholars from diverse fields of expertise. Over the space of two days, the symposium will feature contributions from historians, Celticists, Latinists, Anglo-Saxonists and theologians, as well as a round table discussion with a view to exploring new comparative approaches and avenues for future research. The keynote lecture will be given by Prof. Pádraig Ó Riain.

This event will be hosted in the Neill Theatre in the Long Room Hub, on October 28-9, 2016. More information will be posted in due course at

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Event: The Wandering Word: the travels of insular manuscripts, May 2016

Neill Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute

Trinity College Dublin, 5-7 May 2016

Visit the Wandering Word Conference site – click HERE

Read the Program – click HERE

Booking is essential – Register now HERE

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CFP: Parler, crier, chanter: la voix à l’époque romane

26e Colloque international d’art roman
Issoire (Auvergne, Puy-de-Dôme) Halle aux grains
21, 22, 23 octobre 2016


Click here for full announcement

Contact: David Morel :, Nathalie Monio :

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Illuminating the Medieval Psalter Manuscripts at Trinity College Dublin

A public lecture by Laura Cleaver

Wednesday, 17th February 2016 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin.

There will be a Q&A session immediately following the lecture, followed by the launch of

Latin Psalter manuscripts in Trinity College Dublin and the Chester Beatty Library
by Laura Cleaver & Helen Conrad O’Briain
Copies of the book will be available on the day at a reduced price.

The book of Psalms was at the core of devotional practice in western Christianity throughout the Middle Ages. The study of medieval Latin Psalters provides evidence for the owners, users and makers of each of these unique books. This volume examines Psalter manuscripts as objects, exploring how they were designed and the changes that have been made to them over time. The choices made about text, decoration, size and layout in these manuscripts reveal a diverse range of engagements with the Psalms, as they were sung, read and scrutinized. The book thus sheds new light on some of the treasures of Trinity College Dublin and the Chester Beatty Library.

Laura Cleaver is the Ussher lecturer in medieval art, Trinity College Dublin. Her research focuses on art produced in England and France in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

Helen Conrad O’Briain is based in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin. She specializes in early Insular Latin, Old English and Old Norse.

For additional details on this book and to see more fabulous images from this book, please visit:

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