Call for Papers
Submission Deadline: 1 December 2018

International Bicentenary Conference ‘Clara Schumann (née Wieck) and her World’

Date: 15–16 June 2019
Venue: Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford

Conference website:

Keynote Speakers

Natasha Loges (Royal College of Music)
Susan Youens (University of Notre Dame)

This two-day conference, hosted in association with Lady Margaret Hall and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), provides a setting in which to reassess Clara Schumann’s life, work, and cultural milieu within the gender-aware and interdisciplinary climate of contemporary musicology. It is hoped that the conference will attract an international contingent of scholars working within the fields of musicology, aesthetics, gender studies, cultural history, and performance studies.

The programme committee invites papers on any aspect of Clara Schumann’s life or music, and especially welcomes contributions on the following topics: 

•       Reflections on Clara Schumann’s position in musicological scholarship
•       Analytical and hermeneutic approaches to Clara Schumann’s music
•       Clara Schumann as editor 
•       Clara Schumann on tour
•       Clara Schumann’s influence on the development of nineteenth-century pianism and concert life
•       Clara Schumann’s creative relationships with members of her circle 
•       Source material

Proposals are invited in the following formats:

•       Individual papers (20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion)
•       Themed sessions (with four 15-minute papers, each followed by 5 minutes of discussion)
•       Lecture-recitals (40 minutes in total)

Proposals for individual papers should be no longer than 250 words, offering an overview of the topic and critical approach; those for themed sessions should take the form of a 250-word summary of the general aims of the session, together with a brief overview of each paper. 

Proposals for lecture-recitals should consist of a 250-word outline of the issues and repertoire under consideration. A list of recent performances and/or recordings would form welcome supporting material.

Please send proposals as a Word document to Tato e-mailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty. Pro její zobrazení musíte mít povolen Javascript., with your name and institutional affiliation included in the body of the email rather than the proposal itself.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their proposal by early January 2019. 

Programme Committee:

Joe Davies (University of Oxford)
Laura Tunbridge (University of Oxford)
Susan Wollenberg (University of Oxford)

The organizers express gratitude to the following organizations for their support of the conference: The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) and Music & Letters.