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