Call for Papers

Women in Music in Ireland Conference, NUIM, 17 April 2010, in association with The Society for Musicology in Ireland and An Foras Feasa .

Women’s involvement in music in Ireland has been evident since the eighteenth century but their contribution has often been neglected or forgotten. This Conference hopes to begin to highlight their involvement across the centuries in all genres of music in Ireland. The Conference will also include two concerts featuring music by female composers from the nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-first centuries. The keynote address will be given by Dr. Ita Beausang.

Proposals for papers exploring all areas of women in music in Ireland are welcomed and suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Female singers in the eighteenth century
  • Women and domestic music-making throughout the centuries
  • Female contributions to pedagogy and performance in Ireland
  • The treatment of female composers
  • Women and gender studies
  • Women and traditional music
  • Women and the Irish Harp
  • Women and the promotion of Irish music
  • Irish women working in music internationally

Proposals of 200 words are invited for presentations of 20 minutes maximum. Submission: by email to the Conference organizer, Jennifer O’Connor, , by the 31 October 2009.

The editorial board of the JSMI has expressed an interest in the publication of papers presented at this Conference subject to its normal peer-review process.

Abstracts should include the following information:

  • Name and Title
  • Institutional Affiliation
  • Contact details
  • Any special technical requirements (piano, OHP, PowerPoint, audio/visual, etc)

All queries should be emailed to

Those making successful proposals will be notified by the end of November and the draft programme will be available from mid-December.

Information on registration and accommodation will be available on the SMI website and the NUI Maynooth Music Department website in early January 2010.