Research Seminar: William Brooks: Past, Pasting, and Paster

Wednesday 16 January 2019, 4.00PM

Speaker(s): William Brooks (University of York)

In this undisciplined ramble I will (a) attempt to summarise the trajectory of my work on the music of World War I (a project that is very slowly drawing to a close); (b) discuss, in particular, the digital archive that is one of the primary outcomes from that project; and (c) introduce my latest interest, in African-American songwriters between 1880 and 1915, which follows from the foregoing because it precedes it.

William Brooks is a semi-retired hanger-on in the University of York Department of Music and a fully-retired has-been at the University of Illinois. He perpetuates the illusion of usefulness by remaining Scholar in Residence at the Newberry Library; and in the corners of the day he mucks around with language as Series Editor for the publications of the Orpheus Institute in Ghent, Belgium.

Location: D/003, Sally Baldwin D Block