The International Association for Word and Music Studies
The International Association for Word and Music Studies (WMA) was founded in 1997 to promote transdisciplinary scholarly inquiry devoted to the relations among literature, verbal texts, language and music. After preparations at preceding conferences (Dartmouth College 1988; Graz 1990; Lund 1995) the First International Conference of the WMA was held in Graz. The WMA aims to coordinate the manifold activities in the field and to provide an international forum for musicologists and literary scholars with interest(s) in interart/intermedial studies, crossing cultural boundaries and expanding traditional disciplinary categories. The registered office for the WMA is located in Graz, Austria.
It is our pleasure to invite you to London for the Ninth International Conference of the International Association for Word and Music Studies (WMA). The local organizers are Robert Samuels, of the Department of Music at The Open University, and Delia da Sousa Correa, of the Department of English at The Open University. The conference is held in association with The Institute of Musical Research, The Institute of English Studies, and the Literature and Music Research Group of The Open University.
The conference will be organized into three sections, the first being devoted to the primary theme of “Silence, Absence and Ellipsis in Words and Music”. The second section, “Surveying the Field”, involves papers that deal with general theoretical and methodological questions intrinsic to the established scholarly field of Word and Music Studies. The conference will also include a section of “Word and Music Studies Working Papers”. This section will include shorter papers which reflect work-in-progress in the field of Word and Music Studies. A total of nearly fifty participants from around the world will give papers and recitals over the four days of the conference, and we are confident that like previous conferences of the Association, this will be another significant event in the field.