Conference Programme


Music And….Death

Saturday 2nd December – Sunday 3rd December 2017
Vienna, Austria



Final Conference Programme


 Saturday 2nd December 2017



8:30 – 9:00 Registration


9:00 – 9:20 Welcome and opening remarks


9:20 – 10:20

Session 1 – Extreme music and death

Chair: Niall Scott


Black Metal’s representations of death

Camille Béra


Healing the Mother Wound: Metal performance and grief management

Jasmine Shadrack


10:20 – 11:15

Session 2 Grief mourning and the funeral 1

Chair: Cristopher Buckingham


Music in the mourning: on the ritual use of funeral folk songs.

Marek Jeziński


The Posthumous nephew: belated mourning and fresh divinations.

Gary Levy


11:15 – 11:30 Tea and Coffee


11:30 – 12:30

Session 3 Death, biography: the public and the private

Chair: Giulia Lorenzi


Pulling off the shroud: Benjamin Britten’s posthumous biographers and the dissolution of privacy.

Thornton Miller


Death in search of the musician.

Sramana Chatterji


12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:15
Session 4 Death and the Composer

Chair: Jenny Game-Lopata


Mahler and the theory of grief in the symphony no. 2.

Benjamin Lassauzet


Death in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia: between convention and innovation.

Giulia Lorenzi


Ravel’s Great War

David Mosley


15:15 – 15:30 Tea and Coffee


15:30 – 16:30

Session 5 Sounds of salvation

Chair: Marie Josephine Bennett


Sounds of salvation: the iconographic representation of music in Roman Catholic ossuaries.

Anna Hoepflinger and Yves Mueller


The Blood Vote.

Jenny Game-Lopata


16:30 – 17:30

Workshop session – Niall Scott


17:30 – 18:00 Wrap up of the First Day


18:00 Wine Reception



Sunday 3rd December 2017



08:30 – 09:25

Session 6 Death and pop music

Chair: David Gracon


‘I can fly, my friends’: Mercury’s message to go on with the show.

Marie Bennett


Popsongs: a new interpretation of death?

Janneke Bruin-Mollenhorst


09:25 – 10:20

Session 7 Death empirical, political and sociological

Chair: Marek Jeziński


Music of the fears.

Christopher Buckingham


The impact of national tragedy and death thoughts on the selection of sad vs. happy music.

Nathan Heflick and Annemieke van den Tol


10:20 – 11:15

Session 8 Music, death and time

Chair: Gary Levy


Darkened Spaces: Posthumous Silence

Rob Fisher


Death vision (on a January day)

Silvia Teles


11:15 – 11:30 Tea and Coffee


11:30 – 12:30

Session 9 Extreme music death nothing and negation

Chair: Camille Béra


Death as negation: Black metal’s disturbing apophatic insight.

Niall Scott


You’re nothing: Punk and death

David Gracon


12:30 – 14:00 Lunch


14:00 – 15:15

Round table discussion: Music, Death, Mourning and Culture


15:15 – 15:30 Tea and Coffee


15:30 – 16:00 Developments session

16:00 – 16:30 Final wrap-up