Song Studies Seminar Series

We are excited to present the third session of our Song Studies Seminar Series:

Disaster Ballads: An International Survey

Heather Sparling (Cape Breton University), Siv Gøril Brandtzæg (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), and Lotte Jensen (Radboud University Nijmegen) discuss their respective research projects on this perennial and fascinating topic. Una McIlvenna chairs the discussion.

Friday 17 June 2022

We are proud to announce the second session of our Song Studies Seminar Series:

Popular Song versus Authoritarian Rule in the Early Modern Period

with Nicholas Hammond, Una McIlvenna, John Romey, and Renée Vulto.

14 April 2022

Based on presentations of short case studies from their research, the panel look at events in early modern France and the Netherlands, discussing how they were depicted in popular song versus official propaganda.

We are proud to announce the first session of our Song Studies Seminar Series! 

On Friday 4 March, 12:00-13:00 GMT (UK time), a panel consisting of John Street, Oskar Cox Jensen, Angela McShane and Marta Michalska kicked off the series with a panel discussion about protest songs.

'What does a protest song do? Comparing approaches and perspectives'

In asking what protest songs do, the panel reports on research into the use of music and sound as political protest. Drawing on projects based in England and Poland, the four short talks explore the different ways to understand and analyse song and sound as political communication. Marta Michalska discusses her study of Warsaw and its phonosphere at the turn of the 19th/20th century. Oskar Cox Jensen, Angela McShane and John Street discuss their project, ‘Our Subversive Voice: the history and politics of the English protest song’ (