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Music, Medicine and Emotions

Please see below for details of ‘Music, Medicine and Emotions’, an interdisciplinary symposium taking place next month at Queen Mary.

Music, Medicine and Emotions

Friday 27th May, 2016

11.00-18.00, 2.17, Arts Two Building, Mile End Campus, QMUL

Andrea Korenjak (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Marie Louise Herzfeld-Schild (University of Cologne), Helen Stark (Queen Mary University of London) and the Centre for the History of the Emotions (Queen Mary University of London) warmly invite you to ‘Music, Medicine and Emotions’ at QMUL Mile End campus on 27 May 2016. This symposium aims to bring together researchers working at the intersection of music, medicine and emotional well-being and features papers from Thomas Dixon, Morag GrantPenelope Gouk, Marie Louise Herzfeld-SchildPeregrine HordenJames Kennaway, Andrea Korenjak, Una McIlvennaWiebke Thormahlen and David Trippett. It will conclude with a wine reception and musical workshop (details and full programme available here).

Register on the QMUL E-Shop – £25 waged and £15 unwaged/students/concessions. Registration closes 22nd May 2016.

The Queen Mary Centre for the History of the Emotions, launched in November 2008, is the first research centre in the UK dedicated to the history of the emotions. One of its key objectives is to provide a focus for interactions between social and cultural historians of the emotions on the one hand, and historians of science and medicine on the other. It also seeks to contribute both to policy debates and to popular understandings of all aspects of the history of emotions.

The Mile End campus of Queen Mary is located in East London, less than five minutes walk from Mile End tube station which is on the Central, Hammersmith and City and District lines. When you arrive at Queen Mary, from Mile End enter through the East Gate (the road is Westfield Way), turn left, walk past the cemetery and Arts Two is on the left hand side. On this campus map Arts Two is building 35 and coloured purple.

This event is a cooperation between the Centre for the History of the Emotions and the project ‘Music, Medicine, and Psychiatry in Vienna (c. 1780-1850)’, Institute for the History of Art and Musicology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, sponsored by the Austrian Science Fund [P 27287].


Transforming Topography: Friday May 6th


BARS members might be interested in attending ‘Transforming Topography’, a collaborative conference organised by the British Library and The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art; this will take place on Friday May 6th at the British Library Conference Centre.  Featuring papers by Daniel Maudlin, Kelly Presutti, Matthew Sangster, Jenny Gaschke, Mikael Ahlund, Amy Concannon and Lucy Hodgetts, with a round table including John Barrell, Stephen Daniels and Stephen Bann, the conference promises to shed new light and fresh insights on the field of topography and on the British Library’s collection.  For more information and to book, click here.

Romantic Voices Registration Now Open

Registration for ‘Romantic Voices’, the 2016 BARS Early Career and Postgraduate Conference, is now open.  More details here (or via the link in the top toolbar).  The page will be updated with the schedule as soon as this is available.

Note from Daniel Cook on the extension of eligibility for the Copley Awards

Those of you who read the last post carefully will have noticed that this year we’ve opened up the Copley Awards to early career scholars as well as to postgraduates.  One of our central concerns as an academic society has always been to promote early career research.  Traditionally, the Stephen Copley Research Awards have been set aside for postgraduate students enrolled on doctoral programmes in the UK, largely because such students have been the most in need financially and because of the lack of other potential sources of support for those at an early stage in their archival researches.   In recent years, though, BARS has received a number of speculative enquiries from postdoctoral scholars – both those employed on a funded projects and those without an affiliation – which have attested to the increasing difficulties and pressures faced by researchers who’ve completed their doctorates but who have not yet secured permanent jobs.  As a result, this year we’ve decided to open up the bursary scheme to early career scholars as well as those currently enrolled on doctoral programmes.  Careful fiscal planning in the last few years has put us in a position where we can fund more bursaries than ever before, meaning the number of awards we can make to doctoral students will not be impacted upon by this change.  I’m delighted the BARS Executive have been so supportive of this expansion at a time of increased financial pressures within academia but also at at a moment when there’s been an upsurge of interest in the ever-widening field of Romantic studies in the UK and Ireland.

Daniel Cook, BARS Bursaries Officer