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Other Event: ‘Crisis, Creativity and the Self’, IMR Study Day, featuring Prof John Butt

Though this is not an event put on by RA&M, Katie and Matt are both giving papers, and it is convened by our supervisor, Stephen Rose. This is an interdisciplinary event that should be of interest to anyone studying the seventeenth century. 


Crisis, creativity and the self, 1550-1700 

An interdisciplinary study day exploring how notions of creativity and the self were reshaped in the long seventeenth century, an era often regarded as a crisis by historians. Contributions by musicologists and by historians of literature and drama will explore how subjectivity was performed on the stage and in the church, and will trace changing attitudes towards innovation and creative adaptation.

Where: Institute of Musical Research, Senate House, University of London (room 261)

When: Tuesday 14th May 2013, 10.00-17.30
Please book via:,%20creativity%20and%20the%20self%20booking%20form.doc

10.00   Tea/coffee, registration

10.30   Introduction: crisis and creativity in the long 17th century (Stephen Rose, Royal Holloway)

Session 1: Performing the self in religion, drama and music (chair: Deana Rankin)

11.00   Sounding rituals: music, confession and identity formation in Heidelberg around 1600 (Matthew Laube, Royal Holloway)

11.30 ¬†¬†Performing the self in Anna of Denmark’s court masques (Clare Whitehead, Queen Mary)

12.00 ¬†¬†’Musicke doth witnesse call’: Representing lies and truth in the English madrigal (Katherine Bank, Royal Holloway)

12.30   Lunch (supplied)

13.30   Keynote address: Early modern musical subjectivities, listening and embodiment (John Butt, Glasgow University)

Session 2: Crisis, creativity and the self in England 1650-1700 (chair: Stephen Rose)

14.30   A mid-century musical friendship: Silas Taylor and Matthew Locke (Alan Howard, University of East Anglia)

15.00   Ancients and moderns, physicians and cooks: perspectives on musical creativity from the Royal Society (Katherine Butler, University of Oxford)

15.30   Tea/coffee

Session 2 continued: Crisis, creativity and the self in England 1650-1700

16.00 ¬†¬†Dennis & Eccles’s Rinaldo and Armida (1698), and the cultural politics of adaptation in Williamite England (Michael Lee, Queen’s University Belfast)

16.30 Celebrity and self: Restoration actors and their famous parts (Elaine McGirr, Royal Holloway)

17.00   Closing discussion

Convened by Stephen Rose (

Registration fee: £10 (£5 students / concessions) to cover cost of refreshments. Please book via:,%20creativity%20and%20the%20self%20booking%20form.doc

Supported by the Humanities and Arts Research Centre at Royal Holloway

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