Melb2019 - Musicological Society of Australia

42nd MSA National Conference


Convenor: Cat Hope

In Conjunction with the

18th Symposium on Indigenous Music and Dance

5-7 December 2019


Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University Clayton Campus


Congratulations to all delegates for papers well presented and many thanks to the volunteer helpers, headed by Gay Breyley. It was a fabulous conference and symposium.

We look forward to 2020 at the University of Melbourne





In recognising the challenges of a contemporary world where traditional cultural, social and geographical boundaries are regularly broken down and new ones set up, we have created a conference theme that juxtaposes two apparently opposing ideas - conflict and collaboration - to contemplate the consequences for art and everyday life. In music-related contexts we seek answers to the questions: what is the nature of conflict and its consequences; what is the nature of collaboration and its consequences; what happens when conflict and collaboration intersect?

In addition to presentations that address the conference theme, and in keeping with the MSA's objective of supporting all Australian music researchers and their current projects, other music-related research papers will also be presented

Keynote Speakers

Margaret Kartomi (Monash University) "Stories from the wilds and settled areas in a half-century of ethnomusicological fieldwork, and the stress of our present existential crisis"

Margaret Kartomi is an ethnomusicologist specialising on Indonesia and Southeast Asia and the world authority on the music of Sumatra. After accepting an Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies Research Fellowship at Monash University in 1969 and researching children's songs in the Western Desert and beyond, she was appointed Lecturer in 1971, Senior Lecturer in 1972, and Reader in 1974, during which time she pioneered and promoted the teaching and performance of Asian music at Monash. In 1987-88 she took leave without pay and accepted a temporary professorship at the University of California at Berkeley. On her return to Monash she was appointed Professor and Head of Monash University's Music Department in 1989, and in 2005 accepted a professorial fellowship at Monash.



Kerry Murphy (University of Melbourne) "Conflict or inspiration? Transnationalism in Australian musical worlds: 1880-1935"

Kerry Murphy is Professor of musicology at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests focus chiefly on opera, 19th-century French music and music criticism and colonial Australian music history and she has published widely in these areas. She is currently researching the impact of travelling virtuosi and opera troupes to Australia and the Australian music publisher and patron, Louise Hanson-Dyer. She is a member of the Australian Academy of Humanities and the Victoria Green Room Awards Opera Panel.



Organising Committee

Gay Breyley (Chair)

Brigitta Scarfe

Anthea Skinner

Program Committee

Stephanie Rocke (Chair) (University of Melbourne)

Brydie-Leigh Bartleet (Griffith University)

Aaron Corn (University of Adelaide)

Sarah Collins (University of Western Australia)

Michael Hooper (University of New South Wales)

Linda Kouvaras (University of Melbourne)

Amanda Krause (University of Melbourne)

David Larkin (University of Sydney)

Jonathan McIntosh (Edith Cowan University)


Abstracts 2019 was closed 9/10/2019