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‘Made in London': Makers, designers and innovators in musical instrument making in London, from the 18th to 21st centuries

28 May 2016, London
deadline: Friday, 11 March 2016
http://www.the-imr.uk/marie-kent

London Metropolitan University, Goulston Street, London, England E1 7TP
Details: (300 words)

This one-day conference aims to bring together an exciting range of new research examining the making and development of musical instruments in London.

Makers, restorers, conservators, players, and historians are invited to discuss musical instrument-making in London from the 18th to the 21stcenturies, and through the shared discussion of current research to generate a better understanding of issues common to both current and former practitioners.

The Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture & Design of London Metropolitan University, incorporating the former London College of Furniture, has been a centre of musical instrument-making for over 100 years and welcomes this opportunity to host a conference in which doctoral, post-doctoral and wider research communities can converge to share recent findings and to advance the study of music-making culture from various disciplinary and methodological viewpoints.

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers on topics -related to the theme of the conference  including (but not limited to):

•       Musicians and makers; musician makers
•       Musical innovation in relation to design and manufacturing innovation
•       Training and the transmission of skills
•       Partnerships and apprentices; rivalry and collaboration
•       The conflicting demands of the workbench v. the business
•       Pricing, pitching, marketing and sales
•       The selection and acquisition of materials
•       Resolving issues of weakness and instability
•       Logistical problems of instrument distribution
•       Repairing and conserving historical and modern instruments
•       Issues of fraud and copyright

Abstracts of less than 200 words, with a short biography of less than 100 words, details of instruments to be demonstrated, and AV requirements, should be submitted as an email attachment to Marie.Kent -at- rhul.ac.uk by 5.00pm on Friday, 11 March 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, 18 March 2016.

A limited number of travel bursaries will be available for those within three years of completing their PhD.

 

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