Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference - MedRen 2018

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Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 09:00 to Sunday, July 8, 2018 - 22:00
Department of Music, Logic House, Maynooth University

Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference — Maynooth, 2018

The Music Department at Maynooth University is pleased to host the 2018 Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference. The Conference will take place from 5th to 8th July 2018, it is envisaged that  we will be able to include c.170 papers.

We welcome papers and themed session on any relevant topic, from performing and recording early music in the twenty-first century, to madrigal studies, sources studies, analytical studies, medieval and renaissance music in Ireland, to mention only a few. In view of recent political events and across the world, however, as a committee, we would like to suggest at least one topic and create space to consider the politics around researching, teaching and performing Med & Ren music in a time when racists, white nationalists (not only in the US) and xenophobes feel emboldened. How do we teach Med & Ren music courses that do not appear to be safe havens for white supremacists? That challenge ahistorical views of Med & Ren as all white (male) and Christian? What resources do we need? What stories are we not telling? What does intersectional, postcolonial, and/or anti-racist research, teaching and music-making look like or sound like in our field? What are the structural barriers to inclusivity and diversity in our field, and what can we do to remove them? We feel this is an important topic for our research fields, but it is not intended as a conference theme in any restrictive way and we would like to stress of course, that all themes and topics will be considered with equal interest.

Conference languages: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish

General Information

The committee would like to support academic parenting. As such, a room with a fridge will be available as lactation room. The room is located on the first floor of Logic House (accessible via staircases),  the same building where the main sessions will take place.


Antonio Cascelli (Maynooth University, Ireland)
Eleanor Giraud (University of Limerick, Ireland)
Melanie Marshall (University College Cork, Ireland)
Thomas Schmidt (University of Manchester/ University of Huddersfield)

For information contact:

Programme is now available here.

Early Bird (until 14 May): €100 . Including concerts, lunches, tea/coffee breaks
Early Bird Student (until 14 May): €50.  Including concerts, lunches, tea/coffee breaks

One-day rate: €40. Including lunches, tea/coffee breaks, concerts.

Conference Dinner (Friday 6th): €40
Dinner (Thursday 5th): €16
Dinner (Saturday 7th): €16

Regular Rate (from 15th May): €120.  Including concerts, lunches, tea/coffee breaks
Regular Student Rate (from 15th May): €80.  Including concerts, lunches, tea/coffee breaks

Travelling to Maynooth

The conference hosts have reserved a selection of rooms at Maynooth University. These are exclusively held for MedRen18 delegates at a discounted conference rate. All rooms are on-campus and within a few minutes’ walk of the conference venues.
Please visit and use the promotional code MEDREN-18 to access availability and the special rates.
Please note that the rooms are reserved for a limited time. On 1 March 2018 any unbooked rooms will be released. The promotional code will still be valid after 1 March 2018, but reservations will be subject to availability.
The summer months are extremely busy, so we advise early booking.

In collaboration with the Society for Musicology in Ireland

With thanks also to the following:

Conference & Workshop Support Fund - Maynooth University Research Development Office







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