Musical Biography Research Network
The Musical Biography and Life-Writing Studies Research Network is a joint Monash–Surrey venture that seeks to nurture research in the theory and practice of writing musical lives.
Although genres of life-writing occupy a prominent position in artistic and literary fields, as well as in the publishing lists of academic and trade publishers, musical biography has historically held an uncertain place within Musicology. Still, musical biography and autobiography have long been important sources for a wide range of readers including students, scholars, programme-note writers, and makers of films, documentaries, and YouTube channels.
The Research Network will further develop this burgeoning area of study though collaborative, interdisciplinary, and international engagement.
The Monash–Surrey Musical Biography and Life-Writing Studies Research Network aims to:
- Act as a focused forum for theoretical and practical innovation in musical biography
- Foster collaborative work and methodological reflection among emerging and established international scholars alike
- Investigate new ways of representing narratives of lives and institutions, as well as examining historical representations of this kind.
Its activities will include:
- Conferences to generate scholarly exchange and public engagement
- Publication outputs such as edited essay collections
- Cross-institutional funding proposals
- Hosting visiting scholars for a period of study.
Following a successful two-day international conference held at the University of London in April 2015 (the full programme is available here), we are in the advanced stages of an edited book project, Musical Biography: Ideology, Narrative, and Myth.
Other current projects include an edited history of musical biography, and an international conference on ‘Writing About Contemporary Artists’ in October 2017. Future plans include an oral history project on Australian musical biography.
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