Writing Music

Announcements by Network Members


New Publication

Anthem Press is delighted to announce the upcoming publication of Sounding Prose: Music in the 17th-Century Dutch Novel by Natascha Veldhorst.

This book is about the presence of music in novels. More specifically, about music in the early modern novel, with an emphasis on seventeenth-century prose from The Netherlands. The essay provides a concise and an accessible introduction into the subject and presents an overview of this compelling new research area.

About the Author:

Natascha Veldhorst is Assistant Professor Arts and Culture Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen in The Netherlands.

Further information about Natascha Veldhorst and her work, including  Sounding Prose: Music in the 17th-Century Dutch Novel, is available here.


Call for Submissions

Routledge Companion to Early Modern Music and Literature 

Deadline for submission/application: November 15, 2021

Call for Abstracts:

We invite chapter proposals for the Routledge Companion to Early Modern Music and Literature. Following the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Music and Modern Literature (2021), this new volume will consider the intersections between music and literature of the period c.1300–c.1800. We welcome a variety of approaches to interrogating this relationship, and authors may consider (but are not limited to) the following themes:

Representations of music in Early Modern literary works; representations of literature in Early Modern music

Early modern opera and song: librettists, literary sources, reception in literary circles and in the public press

Early modern theatre, aurality in performance practice, theories of rhetoric and declamation, debates surrounding versification

Cross-disciplinary influence, aesthetic exchange, networks, intertextuality, and translation across literature and music


Materiality, media, and mediation

Intermedial form and/or reform

Space and place, displacement, trans-national exchange

Intermedial narratives of discovery, trade, absolutism, court culture, revolution, empire, conquest

Print culture, publishing practices, and the circulation of musico-literary media

Early Modern music in contemporary literature; Early Modern literature in contemporary music

Proposals on these and other topics are warmly invited. Contributions must address both literature and music and offer a synthesized discussion of their intersection.

Completed chapters must be c. 6,000 words and adhere to the MHRA bibliographic format. Completed chapters will be due in October 2022. Authors are welcome to discuss works in languages other than English, although quotations should be provided in translation. Authors are responsible for securing and funding any permissions required for quoted material, score excerpts, and images.

Abstracts will be assessed on their originality, the contribution they make to intermedial research, and their compatibility with the themes across the book’s chapters and subsections. We encourage submissions from scholars within Word and Music studies and from other related disciplines. We are happy to discuss topics with prospective authors ahead of submission.

Abstracts of 250 words should be submitted along with a 100-word author bio using the Online Form no later than Monday 15th November 2021. We will endeavour to let authors know the outcome by early December.

Our best wishes,

Dr Rachael Durkin and Dr Katharina Clausius

Routledge Companion to Early Modern Music and Literature

Deadline for submission/application: November 15, 2021

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Please feel invited to register for the digital conference on "Music and politics in Early Modern Europe" https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/dZdiCK1qwBS2kA8ZlhM6ZPC?domain=musikundpolitik.wordpress.com or distribute this announcement to colleagues and friends who might be interested. The conference language is German, but questions may, of course, be posted in English. Many thanks to all of you, Elisabeth Natour (co-organizer)

Musik und Politik im Europa der Frühen Neuzeit. Methodische Öffnung und interdisziplinäre Vernetzung an der Schnittstelle von Geschichts- und Musikwissenschaft 

Regensburg (digital), 23.-25. September, 2021. 

Der Link wird nach Anmeldung über die Tagungswebsite https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/dZdiCK1qwBS2kA8ZlhM6ZPC?domain=musikundpolitik.wordpress.com zugesandt.



Call For Papers

The next Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology, CIM22: Participation will take place on 8-10 June 2022, convened by the Reid School of Music, The University of Edinburgh and the Department of Music, University of Hong Kong.

Guided by the aims of the Society for Interdisciplinary Musicology (SIM), CIM22 offers a meeting point for music researchers at the crossroads of humanities and sciences. Our theme of Participation invites cross-disciplinary reflection and dialogue across a range of current topics in music research which will benefit from the joint attention of both science and humanities expertise, to report new research from scholars and practitioners at all career stages.

We particularly welcome co-authored proposals to present original interdisciplinary work in the form of regular papers, roundtable discussions, or video flash-talks.

Visit the CIM22 conference website here. Submission deadline: 22 October 2021. Contact email: ParticipationCIM22@gmail.com

Conference chairs: Dr Nikki Moran (Edinburgh), Vice-President of Society for Interdisciplinary Musicology & Dr Youn Kim (HKU)