Call for Papers | Beyond Genius and Muse

Yesterday, at our second seminar of the term, we heard a fascinating paper by Annika Forkert on the complex and sometimes collaborative relationship between the composer Elisabeth Lutyens and her husband, sometime conductor and musical programmer Edward Clark, whom she called her ‘yardstick’. This paper and the discussion following raised a number of challenging questions as to how we classify and research collaboration between artistic couples. There will be a conference exploring precisely these questions at the University of Bristol in April 2017, and the call for papers can be found here.

More information on the conference and how to submit a proposal can be found on the conference website.

Beyond Genius and Muse: Collaborating Couples in Twentieth-Century Arts
Interdisciplinary Conference
18th-19th April 2017
Victoria Rooms, Queen’s Road
Department of Music
University of Bristol, BS8 1SA

Common perceptions of the artist still picture a lonely genius in a room of his own, writing, painting, or composing great works in isolation while amanuenses or, more likely, his wife takes care of worldly matters. Conversely, cultural history can sometimes cast artists as vessels floating on a tide of external events. Reality is more complex, especially in the twentieth century: here, the pace of change in societal and relationship dynamics render both these imaginary positions problematic. Examining collaborating couples can force us to rethink the paradigms of working relationships in the arts. Whether couples collaborated or hindered each other, what are the means to describe such complex creative partnerships? How can feminism, gender theories, and queer studies help shift perceptions and rediscover hidden powers and intimate connections? What methodologies can we use to research and write about intra-art and interdisciplinary couples? How do such couples perceive themselves and their work? This conference seeks to engage with all kinds of collaborating couples, be it cases where traditional roles are intact, reversed, or changed otherwise.

Prof. Frances Spalding CBE, FRSL
Anthony Payne & Jane Manning OBE

Organiser and Programme Committee
Dr Annika Forkert (Organiser; Music, University of Bristol)
Dr Adrian Paterson (English, NUI Galway)
Dr Sarah Terry (English, Oglethorpe University)
Dr Tom Walker (English, Trinity College Dublin)

Source: Call for Papers | Beyond Genius and Muse

Event Alert: “Keep the Damned Women Out” The Struggle for Coeducation | TORCH. Tuesday 1 November, 5pm

A quick note to notify you about this event which could well be interesting to our followers! This event might provide a nice follow-up to our collaborative reading group with the Centre for Gender, Identity, and Subjectivity at 11.30am on Tuesday, and a way to whet your appetite before our roundtable event on Gender Studies and Women’s Studies the next evening (Wednesday 2 November, 5.15pm, Balliol College)!
Brasenose College, Radcliffe Square, Oxford, OX1 4AJ
Lecture Room XI

Nancy Malkiel, Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton, will give a talk to celebrate the publication of her new book “Keep the Damned Women Out”: The Struggle for Coeducation‘. In the late 1960s and early 1970s several Ivy League universities in the USA and colleges in Cambridge and Oxford made the decision to embrace coeducation. Why did very traditional, very conservative, very elite institutions decide to embark on such a fundamental change? Why did so many colleges act at this time? How was coedu¬cation accomplished in the face of strong opposition? What was the role of institu¬tional leadership? And, with the admission of students of the opposite sex to former¬ly single-sex colleges, what happened? In other words, how well did coeducation work in its early incarnations? Professor Malkiel’s talk will focus on these questions, with particular attention to the similarities and differences between coeducation at Cambridge and Oxford (including Brase-nose, Hertford, Jesus, St. Catherine’s, and Wadham colleges) and coeducation in the Ivy League.

Following the talk there will be books for sale and refreshment.

Free and open to the public.

Source: “Keep the Damned Women Out” The Struggle for Coeducation | TORCH

Women Classical Scholars

This is just a short post to bring to your attention a piece on Eidolon, a site which seeks ‘new ways to write about the ancient world’, Yung In Chae is in conversation with Edith Hall (Department of Classics at King’s College London) about feminism and Classics in light of a new collection of essays from Oxford University Press, Women Classical Scholars: Unsealing the Fountain from the Renaissance to Jacqueline de Romilly, which she has edited with Rosie Wyles.

We decided to hold a conference because Rosie Wyles and I had collected, just as a hobby, and would send each other references to brilliant foremothers because we were very upset that there had never been this book.

“Women Classical Scholars: Unsealing the Fountain from the Renaissance to Jacqueline de Romilly is the first written history of the pioneering women born between the Renaissance and 1913 who played significant roles in the history of classical scholarship.”


Source: Women Classical Scholars