UCL European Institute


Song in the novel: a multidisciplinary conference

30 September 2021–01 October 2021, 1:30 pm–5:30 pm

Song in the Novel Image

A British Academy conference convened by Dr Jennifer Rushworth (UCL SELCS) and colleagues.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Dr Jennifer Rushworth

What role does song have in the novel? What happens when characters listen to, sing, remember, or imagine songs? How are these songs captured and represented in prose? Scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds will come together to consider these questions, and others, in collaborative, cross-period, transnational conversations.

Conference convenors:
Dr Jennifer Rushworth, UCL
Professor Sir Barry Ife, Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Dr Hannah Scott, Newcastle University


Speakers and chairs across the two-day conference include:
Professor Philip Bullock, University of Oxford
Professor Terence Cave FBA, University of Oxford
Professor Katharine Ellis FBA, University of Cambridge
Dr Thomas Hyde, KCL
Professor Axel Körner, UCL/Universität Leipzig
Professor Lawrence Kramer, Fordham University
Professor Cormac Newark, Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Dr Simon Park, University of Oxford
Dr Caroline Potter, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Dr Nina Rolland, University of Reading
Professor Catriona Seth FBA, University of Oxford
Dr Joshua Torabi, IMLR, University of London

This event will have live subtitles provided by StageTEXT, delivered by MyClearText.

This two-day conference will take place on Zoom Webinar. The link to join each day of the event will be sent to you in separate confirmation emails when you book. If you have any questions about this conference please refer to our Public Events FAQs. If your question is not answered, please email conferences@thebritishacademy.ac.uk.

Free, booking required.

Book Day 1

The first day of this two-day conference will take place on Thursday 30 September (13:30-17:30).

Book Day 2

The second day of this two-day conference will take place on Friday 1 October (13:30-17:15).

Image: Portrait of a man playing a virginal, Francesco Traballesi, 1554-1570, Courtesy of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

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