Public Symposium 26th – 27th May 2017


There is now a long history of queer approaches within music studies and its sub-disciplines. A recent proliferation in publications addressing LGBTQ issues within historical musicology, ethnomusicology and popular music studies suggest the blossoming of a so-called queer musicology. Yet, scholars still often face challenges in raising queer issues in academic discussions, conference programmes and degree syllabi in different institutional and national contexts. Such challenges are compounded by neoliberal policies in the academy, reduced funding possibilities and rising conservatism regarding gender and sexuality in many parts of the world.

This symposium aims to support current and nurture future research on LGBTQ issues within music studies. On the one hand, it hopes to foster more active exchange between the sub-disciplines of music studies in terms of theoretical and methodological approaches. On the other hand, it strives to bring musicology into greater dialogue with current pressing debates in queer studies, in particular issues of affect theory, intersectionality and transnationalism. Through diverse formats – including a keynote lecture, roundtable discussions, reading workshops and presentations – this two-day event will gather music scholars interested in queer studies as well as LGBTQ identifying musicologists of all sub-disciplines from student up to professorial level.


Date: Friday 26th and Saturday 27th May 2017

Programme: The Programme is available to download. (schedule is subject to change)

Venue: Edge Hill University (Directions)

Registration: closed.


This event is organised by members of the newly formed LGBTQ+ Musicology Study Group:

  • Marie Bennett (University of Winchester)
  • Alex Harden (University of Surrey)
  • Thomas Hilder (University of Bergen)
  • James Lovelock (University of Wolverhampton)
  • Danielle Sofer (Maynooth University)
  • Shzr Ee Tan (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Richard Witts (Edge Hill University)

With thanks for the benevolent support and funding from the RMA, BFE, SMI and Edge Hill University Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE).


We welcome proposals for individual 20 minute presentations and organised 60 minute panels.
Please send an abstract (250 words for individual presentations; 500 words for panels) and short bio (50 words per presenter) by 6th March 2017 to the following email address: lgbtqmusicsg@gmail.com
Call for papers is now closed.


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