In 2014, the 42nd Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference will be held at the University of Birmingham in the Department of Music. The new facilities at Birmingham promise to make this a memorable venue for MedRen, and it is planned to offer a range of concerts and performances (workshops etc.) to complement the academic papers and panels. Further information will be posted after this year’s conference (Certaldo) and a Call for Papers issued in due course.
The organisers invite informal enquiries regarding possible themed sessions for the next conference. Suggested session topics include: incomplete polyphony, the interaction of music and fixed images/liturgical space, Fifteenth-century English music, Senfl, music in late-medieval Austria, and mise-en-page.
The conference organisers are delighted to announce an exciting programme of events running alongside the paper sessions. One day of the conference will be taking place in Coventry (transport provided). The magnificent Medieval Guildhall, will provide the venue for our paper sessions, a wine reception, concert by the Binchois Consort and the conference dinner. Delegates will also have the opportunity to view many sites of particular interest to medievalists, all within a stone's throw of the Guildhall: the famous ‘Caput fragment’, manuscripts of the Coventry mystery plays and other items in the City archive; the medieval collection of the Herbert Gallery; the recently rediscovered Holy Trinity 'doom' wall painting; and the ruins and visitor centre of the Benedictine Priory and Cathedral of St Mary’s. There will be time to explore the historic centre of Coventry, aided by guided introductions by City specialists, before the paper sessions start. This promises to offer a memorable and stimulating back-drop for the conference.
Those that wish to stay up-to-date with MedRen conferences can now sign-up to the MedRen Newsletter, details of how to register for the group can be found here. Please do not hesitate to contact James Cook at email@example.com for help with registering.
Call for Papers
The organisers and the Programme Committee invite proposals for 20-minute papers, joint papers/paired papers, and poster presentations on any topic relating to the study of Medieval and/or Renaissance music. Proposals of any kind should consist of a title and an abstract of c.200 words, together with the proposer’s name, institutional affiliation (if any) and email address.
We are especially keen to hear from anyone interested in putting together a themed session of 3 (or two sessions of 6 papers). Sessions with 4 papers are possible, but the overall duration will have to adjust to the 90 minute slots). Session conveners should prepare a short abstract highlighting the relevance of the session topic and the individual contributions. It also should include a proposal for each paper summarising the main aspects of the contribution. The maximum length is 300 words for the Session proposal and 200 words for each of the individual papers.
The deadline for all proposals is Friday 28 February 2014.