Early Modern Songscapes

The Early Modern Songscapes platform was launched at a two-day international symposium held 8-9 February 2019 at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies in Toronto, Canada.   The conference attracted nearly 70 participants from around the world, and the rich array of papers (several of which got the audience singing!) and related performances prompted generative conversations about the artistic-scholarly interface that work on song necessitates as well as laying important foundations for further collaborative work in the field. Featured keynote speakers included Patricia Fumerton (University of California, Santa Barbara), Whitney Trettien (University of Pennsylvania), and Amanda Eubanks Winkler (Syracuse University). The conference also included an introductory digital humanities workshop on TEI/MEI and a public recital of songs featuring selections from Henry Lawes’s Ayres and Dialogues (1653), performed by Rebecca Claborn (mezzo-soprano), Lawrence Wiliford (tenor), and Lucas Harris (lute).  Video recordings of the three plenary sessions can be accessed below. Audio recordings of the recital performances are also available below through the link to the full conference archive that has been preserved in the EMS repository.


Patricia Fumerton
University of California, Santa Barbara
Amanda Eubanks Winkler
Syracuse University
Whitney Trettien
University of Pennsylvania