Joe Bennett (Bath Spa) – The Death of the Songwriter – attribution of ownership in popular music

Wednesday 13 November 2014. 12.30-2pm CM105, Newton Park.  The creation of recorded popular music has always been a collaborative process. Listeners enjoy an audio product that consists of a composition (usually with lyrics) that is arranged, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered. All of these activities combine in an object that creativity psychology would define as…

Anna Birch (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) – Fragments and Living Monuments: Mary Wollstonecraft, 1759-1797

Wednesday 6 November 2014. 12.30-2pm CM105, Newton Park.  Anna Birch’s work on Mary Wollstonecraft has taken the form of numerous site-specific installations and large-scale performance and film events over the past 15 years. She reflects on how static monuments – usually celebrating great men – function in public space to create and reinforce established gender hierarchies…

Pamela Karantonis (Bath Spa) – Music is the Air I Breathe: Documenting Cathy Berberian’s Legacy

Wednesday 23 October 2014. 12.30-2pm CM105, Newton Park Taken from the title of Carrie de Swaan’s documentary about the late Armenian-American composer/singer Cathy Berberian, this paper will consider some of the key documents that attest to this artist’s unique legacy within the field of vocal composition in the postmodern era. This includes the feminist reclamation of…