The Music of War: 1914–1918
27 November 2013
This conference will be held as part of the British Library's Centenary events programme, supported by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities.
Papers are invited for a two-day international conference on the theme of music during the First World War. The forthcoming centenary of the war is a timely opportunity to reconsider the fundamental role of music and musicians during the exceptional circumstances of the period from 1914 to 1918. The conference aims to provide a forum for discussion to explore the roles and uses of music during this extended period of worldwide conflict, considering why - against a backdrop of large-scale death and destruction - music mattered, whether as entertainment, weapon, tool or emotional catalyst.
We welcome papers from scholars working in any discipline and who engage with any aspect of music-making during the war, whether on the home or fighting fronts, or in combatant or non-combatant countries.
Themes for consideration include, but are not limited to:
- music making on the home fronts
- concert and theatrical life
- music and the military
- music and/ as propaganda
- music and patriotism
Deadline for abstracts: 30 November 2013
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