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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Music Higher Education




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A One-Day Event Convened by the Royal Musical Association and MusicHE (formerly NAMHE)

in partnership with the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (UK and Ireland), the Society for Music Analysis, the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE), LGBTQ+ Music Study Group and the British Forum for Ethnomusicology

City 125 Suite, entrance via Rhind Building


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Arrival and Registration from 9am

Welcome, 9.20am

Panel 1, 9.30-10.35 - Vocal Studies, Opera and Ablism

Daniel Galbreath and Richard Shrewsbury (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University). ‘Opera Nation: Diversifying Vocal Study in Higher Education’

Ellan Alethia Lincoln-Hyde (SOAS). ‘Opera, Ableism and Marjorie Lawrence (1907-1979): An Historical Case Study of Increasing Accessibility in Tertiary Music Education’

Andrew Hugill (University of Leicester). ‘Aural Diversity’

Tea/coffee 10.35 to 11am

Panel 2, 11-12.20pm - Difference, ‘Race’, Sexuality, Intersectionality

Rachel Cowgill (University of York), Thomas Hilder (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and Danielle Sofer. ‘“Queer Academic Activism: Intersectional Perspectives on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Music Departments Today’.

Maiko Kawabata (Royal College of Music) and Shzr Ee Tan (Royal Holloway, University of London). ‘An Intersectional, Historically Aware, Minority-Led Approach to EDI in Music Education’

Genevieve Robyn Arkle (University of Surrey). ‘“I don’t see race”: A spotlight on the Voices of BAME Academics and Performers in Classical Music and Musicology’.

Eleanor Ryan (University of Cambridge).  Title tbc.

Lunch 12.20-1.15pm

Panel 3, 1.15-3pm – Institutional Strategies

Stephen Graham (Goldsmiths, University of London). ‘Challenges and Opportunities: Music and Inclusion at Goldsmiths’

Diana Salazar and Natasha Loges (Royal College of Music). ‘Cores and Peripheries: Towards Diversity in the Conservatoire’

Scott Caizley (King’s College London). ‘The Conservatoire Crisis’

Wiebke Thormahlen and Jennie Henley (Royal College of Music). Title tbc.

Javier Rivas Rodríguez (King’s College London). ’Beyond Diversity: Inclusive Teaching and Critical Pedagogy in SOAS and King’s College’

Tea/coffee 3-3.30pm

Panel 4, 3.30-4.30pm – Across Cultures

Hussein Boon (University of Westminster). ‘The Ways of Making, Dissemination and Reception Have Changed, So What Should We Do About It?’

Manuella Blackburn (Keele University) and Alok Nayak (Milapfest, UK). ‘Negotiating Diversity and Prejudice: A Case Study in Successful Cross-Cultural Collaboration’

Kevin Komisaruk (University of Toronto). ‘Encouraging Diversity Through Development of Creative Identity’

5 min break

Panel 5, 4.35-5pm – Panel Forum: taking stock and next steps.

Please send any enquiries about the conference to Christine Dysers:

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Music Higher Education

In her study of diversity and racism in institutional life, cultural theorist Sara Ahmed writes about the‘politics of stranger making; how some … become understood as the rightful occupants of certain spaces … whilst others are treated as “space invaders”, as invading the space reserved for others’. How do we create Music Departments that don’t feel like spaces ‘reserved for others’? What should Music Departments of the 21st century look like, both in their personnel and their curricula? In terms of gender, we have come a long way in recent decades, but much remains to be done when it comes to other dimensions of difference and exclusion. What does the current state of Music HE reveals about the workings of power and privilege, about who and what becomes centred and peripherised, and why. What are the barriers to diversity?

Following the workshop, ‘Interrogating Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Music: BAME routes into and through Higher Education’, held in May 2019, we are convening a one-day event to address the questions above, to continue the discussion around EDI issues in Music HE and to identify ways of extending work in this area. Recognising that EDI is an important issue facing music education today, and that Music HE has an important role to play in shaping the broader agenda, we invite colleagues to share best practice from within their own departments. What activities, innovations, curricular changes, pedagogic approaches and recruitment events are happening which specifically address a diversity agenda, especially (but not exclusively) with regard to ethnicity and class? The aim is to develop a broad subject awareness of what is going on nationally and to provide a forum for exploring ideas and proposals for future work.

Presentations should be 15 minutes in length, can be sole or collaboratively presented, and can take the form of paper, demonstration, workshop, or other format as suitable for the project being shared. Please submit a title and 200-word abstract, with short biographies of no more than 100 words per contributor, to by 8th November 2019. The steering group will review and contact contributors no later than 22nd November 2019.

The day will include a provocation session to stimulate debate, a range of case studies, and opportunity to network. We anticipate that one of the outcomes of the day will be the opportunity to share ideas and teaching resources via MusicHE’s newly launched website.

Simon McVeigh (RMA)

Helen Julia Minors (MusicHE)

Laudan Nooshin (RMA)

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When and where

9.30am - 6.00pmFriday 24th January 2020

Rhind Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1R 0JD United Kingdom