CALL FOR PAPERS: ‘Made in London’: Makers, designers and innovators in musical instrument making in Lon don, from the 18th to 21st centuries


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‘Made in London’: Makers, designers and innovators in musical instrument making in London, from the 18th to 21st centuries

London Metropolitan University, Goulston Street, London, E1 7TP

Saturday, 28 May 2016

This one-day conference aims to bring together an exciting range of new research examining the making and development of musical instruments in London. Diverse instruments can trace their roots through early London workshops and the pioneering efforts of an enterprising body of innovative and skilful craftsmen.

Makers, restorers, conservators, players, and historians are invited to discuss musical instrument-making in London from the 18th to the 21st centuries, and through the shared discussion of current research to generate a better understanding of issues common to both current and former practitioners. The programme will be selected to promote new dialogue between the practical and theoretical, to refresh organological thinking, and to forge creative new collaborations in the practice and analysis of musical instrument-making.

The Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture & Design of London Metropolitan University, which incorporates the former London College of Furniture, has been a centre of musical instrument-making for over 100 years. The University welcomes this opportunity to host a conference in which doctoral, post-doctoral and wider research communities can converge to share recent findings and to advance the study of a particular music-making culture from various disciplinary and methodological viewpoints.

Proposals for 20-minute papers on topics of music history related to the theme of the conference are warmly invited, and may include (but are not limited to):

· Musicians and makers; musician makers

· Musical innovation in relation to design and manufacturing innovation

· Training and the transmission of skills

· Partnerships and apprentices; rivalry and collaboration

· The conflicting demands of the workbench v. the business

· Pricing, pitching, marketing and sales

· The selection and acquisition of materials

· Resolving issues of weakness and instability

· Logistical problems of instrument distribution

· Repairing and conserving historical and modern instruments

· Issues of fraud and copyright

Abstracts of no more than 200 words, together with a short biography of no more than 100 words, details of instruments to be demonstrated, and AV requirements, should be submitted as an email attachment to Marie.Kent by 5.00pm on Friday, 11 March 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, 18 March 2016.

The conference is sponsored jointly by the Institute of Musical Research and London Metropolitan University and registration and attendance will be free. Refreshments will be provided, and a limited number of travel bursaries will be available for those within three years of completing their PhD.

Registration details to follow in March.

Dr Marie Kent

Institute of Musical Research

Royal Holloway University London