London–March 2019

International Women and/in Musical Leadership Conference
7-9 March 2019 (International Women’s Day 2019)
Senate House, London, with evening events at Club Inégales, London
Invited Speakers: Jenni Roditi, Katherine Dienes-Williams, Alice Farnham, Emma Haughton, and Sarah MacDonald.

The cover of our presentation for the conference.

Yes, right. We could not participate in the strike. But we hope this can be considered a meaningful contribution.

There, we met with like-minded people and we are so happy we were able to listen to the action and the data collection of other countries. In particular, we were struck by the data shared by the Gender Relations in New Music Collective.

A line that really made us think was in the tweets surrounding the conference. Liz Dobson in a very thoughtful tweet states her next goal: “step up from volunteer labour to sustainable growth”. Indeed, talking with several attendees, it seemed that a majority of the colleagues present were not funded for the specific projects they were presenting on. Engaged musicology must still be a labour of love? Will it be possible for us move to sustainable growth in the medium term? Lots to think about, as usual, after a good conference…

A conference report by Abigail Bruce (Kingston University), Ann Grindley (Open University), and Chamari Wedamulla (Kingston University) has been published on the page of the Royal Musical Association.

International Women and/in Musical Leadership Conference
7-9 marzo 2019 (Festa Internazionale della Donna 2019)
Senate House, Londra, con eventi serati al Club Inégales, Londra
Speaker invitati: Jenni Roditi, Katherine Dienes-Williams, Alice Farnham, Emma Haughton, e Sarah MacDonald.

Some of the chart presented. Data showed updated to March 8, 2019.

Già, purtroppo non abbiamo potuto partecipare allo sciopero generale transfemminista del”8 marzo.

Lì abbiamo incontrato persone che condividevano le nostre idee e abbiamo ascoltato le iniziative e i dati raccolti presso altri paesi. In particolare, siamo rimasti colpiti dai dati condivisi dal progetto Gender Relations in New Music Collective.

Una cosa che ci ha fatto davvero pensare sono stati i tweet attorno alla conferenza. Liz Dobson, in un tweet molto riflessivo, afferma il suo prossimo obiettivo: “passare dal lavoro volontario alla crescita sostenibile”. In effetti, parlando con diversi partecipanti, sembrava che la maggioranza dei colleghi presenti non fosse finanziata per i progetti che stava presentando. La musicologia impegnata deve ancora essere un lavoro di sola passione? Sarà possibile anche per noi passare a una crescita sostenibile a medio termine? C’è molto da pensare, come al solito, dopo una conferenza ricca di stimoli…

Un report della conferenza, a cura di Abigail Bruce (Kingston University), Ann Grindley (Open University) e Chamari Wedamulla (Kingston University), è stato pubblicato sulla pagina della Royal Musical Association.

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