Auck2017 - Musicological Society of Australia

"Performing History"

Joint NZMS /40th MSA Conference

8-10 Dec 2017

University of Auckland

Conference Centre, Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries

26 Symonds Street, Auckland, New Zealand


In what sense are musical works, and writings about music, witnesses to the past? Theories of performativity set one thinking about the broader implications of communicating about, and through, music. Scholars, composers, and performers construct or perform relationships between history and music. This conference celebrates the manifold modes by which they do so, through writing, analysing, editing, teaching, composing, and not least through making music. Topics related to the conference theme might include studies of:

  • Analysis as performance
  • Performance theories
  • Performance practices
  • Historiography
  • Historically informed performance
  • Music editing as performance
  • Musical works as historical witnesses
  • Musicologist as historical narrator
  • Music biography and theatricality
  • Teaching music histories critically

Organising Committee

Allan Badley, Gregory Camp, Nancy November, Stephanie Rocke, W. Dean Sutcliffe

Keynote Speakers

Mary Hunter

John Rink

Friederike Wimann