Music in Postwar Transitions (19th-21st Centuries)




The “Music and Postwar Transitions” conference is co-organized by the Équipe Musique en France (ÉMF) at the Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique (OICRM) and the “Music and Nation” international research network. The latter network comprises historians and musicologists from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and the Université Paris-Saclay (the research unit Synergies Langues, Arts, Musique from the Université d’Évry-Val d’Essonne and the Centre d’Histoire Culturelle des Sociétés Contemporaines from the Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines). Led by Anaïs Fléchet, Martin Guerpin, Philippe Gumplowicz, and Barbara Kelly, the “Music and Nation” network seeks to encourage and develop research on the relationships between music, identity, politics, and cultural diplomacy in the modern era.

The “Music and Postwar Transitions” conference is the third event organized by the research network; previous events include the inaugural study day in Paris (“Music and Nation I,” December 2015), and the conference organized at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (“Music and Nation II: Music, nationalism, and transnationalism,” November 2016). In addition, a research workshop, held in January 2018 and supported by an “Émergence” grant from the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme at Paris-Saclay (ENS-Cachan), served as a preparatory initiative for the present conference.

Bringing together more than forty scholars from twelve countries, the “Music and Postwar Transitions” conference seeks to examine the importance of musical creation and musical life for the restoration of peace in the postwar transition period. In addition to the presentations, there will be a lecture recital exploring issues from the conference using musical examples drawn from a largely overlooked repertoire of popular Parisian songs written after the Franco-Prussian War.

Keynotes speakers

  • Jessica Gienow-Hecht (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Michael J. Kramer (Middlebury College)
  • Hervé Lacombe (Université Rennes 2)
  • Laudan Nooshin (City University of London)

Special guest – Équipe musique en France (ÉMF) 

  • Cécile Quesney (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

Organizing Committee

  • Marie-Hélène Benoit-Otis (Université de Montréal, OICRM) 
  • Michel Duchesneau (Université de Montréal, OICRM)
  • Anaïs Fléchet (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Institut universitaire de France)
  • Martin Guerpin (Université d’Evry Val d’Essone)
  • Philippe Gumplowicz (Université d’Evry Val d’Essone, SLAM)
  • Barbara Kelly (Royal Northern College of Music, Keele University
  • Jean-Claude Yon (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines)

Programme Committee

  • Annette Becker (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense)
  • Esteban Buch (EHESS)
  • James Deaville (Carleton University)
  • Annegret Fauser (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Danielle Fosler-Lussier (Ohio State University)
  • Jessica Gienow-Hecht (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Michael J. Kramer (NorthwesternUniversity)
  • Antoine Marès (Université Panthéon-Sorbonne)
  • Christopher Moore (Université d’Ottawa)
  • Pascal Ory (Université Panthéon-Sorbonne)
  • Manuela Schwartz (Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal)


  • Judy-Ann Desrosiers (coordinator, research team ”Musique française”, OICRM, Université de Montréal)
  • Christine Paré (coordinator OICRM, Université de Montréal)