Congratulations and Thank You for Attending!

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks and congratulations to all the keynote speakers, roundtable chair, presenters, and panel chairs for their participation and presentation in this conference. This event also would not have been possible without the generous support of many individuals and institutions: the Graduate Department of Art/Department of History of Art, Professor Elizabeth Legge, Professor Philip Sohm, Vicky Dingillo, Louise Kermode, Joanne Wainman, Nicholas Westbridge, the Jackman Humanities Institute (Monica Toffoli), Hart House (Aron Mohr), Victoria College (Devonnia Miller), Harvest Kitchen, Duke of York, and Alhelí Pimienta. We would also like to acknowledge our team of volunteers (Rachel Dewan, Emily Doucet, Claire Jensen, Shaun Midanik, and Natalka Sharman) and conference attendees who have helped make this conference a truly memorable event. Please excuse us for any names inadvertently omitted. We hope this to be an enriching and stimulating experience and platform for further discussion. We wish everyone safe travels home!


Counting down to Confluences, Connections, and Correspondences: Music and Visual Culture Conference (University of Toronto, October 13–14, 2016)

Confluences, Connections, and Correspondences: Music and Visual Culture Conference (University of Toronto, October 13–14, 2016) is fast approaching! Events will take place at three venues on campus.

  1. Hart House [HH] Debates Room (2nd floor), 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
    Thursday, October 13, 2016: Keynote I, Panel I, Panel II, Panel III
  2. Emmanuel College [EM] Room 119 (1st floor), 75 Queens Park Crescent East, Toronto, ON M5S 2C4
    Thursday, October 13, 2016: Keynote II, Reception
  3. Jackman Humanities Institute [JH] Room 100 (1st floor), 170 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5R 2M8
    Friday, October 14, 2016: Keynote III, Panel IV, Panel V, Roundtable

Download the free conference app (Apple, Google, Windows) for complete schedules, abstracts, and bios. Alternatively, the schedule outline has been posted on the “schedule” page and the conference program book can be downloaded here.

The conference is free and open to public, but we do urge attendees to register at so that we may prepare programs and refreshments accordingly. See you in October!


Presenters of Confluences, Connections, and Correspondences: Music and Visual Culture Conference

15 presenters have been selected for this year’s conference. Please find the presenter list below. Register for a free conference attendee ticket on Eventbrite. We look forward to meeting you in October 2016!

Moderator: Philip Sohm (University of Toronto)
Barbara Swanson (York University)
The Skill of the Hand: Jacopo Tintoretto and the Painter as Musician
Maria Ryan (University of Pennsylvania)
Engraved Music as Image and Engraved Image as Music: The Possibility of Silent Audibility in Calliope
Sophia D’Addio (Columbia University)
Musical Objects, Musical Subjects: Painted Organ Shutters Between Image and Sound

Moderator: Gregory Johnston (University of Toronto)
Elizabeth Dyer (Our Lady of the Lake University)
Seeing is Believing: Reciprocity and the Importance of the Visual in Religious Music Dramas
Sarah Gutsche-Miller (University of Toronto)
Imagined Eroticism: The Art of Suggestion in Parisian Music-Hall Ballet
Meredith Mowder (The Graduate Center of the City University of New York)
Art after Dark: Performance in Downtown New York 1978–1988

Moderator: Benjamin Wright (University of Toronto)
David Ferris (Rice University)
Visible and Invisible Music: Playing the Gamba in Tous les Matins du Monde
Antonio Cascelli (Maynooth University)
Dido’s Lament, Death, Downfall and the Voice of History
Gayle Magee (University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign)
Convergence: Innovation, Tradition, and the Soundtrack for There Will Be Blood (2007)

Moderator: Elizabeth Legge (University of Toronto)
Karen A. Stock (Winthrop University)
Kurt Schwitters’ Ursonate: A Shamefully Pleasing Sound Poem
Liora Belford (University of Toronto)
The Composer as a Curator: Following John Cage’s Composition for Museum
Adi Louria Hayon (Tel Aviv University)
Boulezian Temporality and the San Francisco Tape Music Center

Moderator: Kajri Jain (University of Toronto)
Marie Sumner Lott (Georgia State University)
“So Gleams the Past, the Light of Other Days”: Intersections of Poetry, Music, Art, and History in Joseph Joachim’s Hebrew Melodies for Viola and Piano
Jane Alden (Wesleyan University)
Material Sounds: Listening Again to Non-Objective Compositions
Rodney Nevitt (University of Houston)
The Beatles and the Album as Object: Rubber Soul (1965)

CFP: Confluences, Connections, and Correspondences: Music and Visual Culture Conference

Call for Paper: Confluences, Connections, and Correspondences: Music and Visual Culture Conference (University of Toronto, October 13–14, 2016)

Conference Dates: October 13–14, 2016 in Toronto, ON, Canada

Abstract Submission Deadline: July 17, 2016

Keynote Speakers

  • Tim Shephard (University of Sheffield)
  • Joseph L. Clarke (University of Toronto)
  • Simon Shaw-Miller (University of Bristol)

Roundtable Chair

  • Anne Leonard (University of Chicago)

CFP Music and Visual Updated

The publication of The Routledge Companion to Music and Visual Culture in 2014 reexamined the diversity and breadth of interdisciplinary study of music and the visual arts, drawing together the various threads of scholarship that have emerged over the past two decades. The 2016 “Confluences, Connections, and Correspondences: Music and Visual Culture Conference” will reflect on the issues and questions raised by this significant publication. Drawing on various theories, methodologies, and frameworks, this conference seeks to bring together wide-ranging, multidisciplinary, and inclusive approaches to the study of these disciplines in conjunction with one another.

We invite proposals for individual papers and themed sessions examining aspects of music, visual culture, and related fields across broad-ranging media, geographical regions, and time periods. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Art and music
  • Art history and musicology
  • Music and dance
  • Music and drama studies
  • Music and film studies
  • Music and new media
  • Music and painting
  • Music and screen media
  • Music and theatre
  • Music in art
  • Notation as visual form
  • Performance and performativity
  • Sound and architecture
  • Sound and colour
  • Sound and space
  • Sound art
  • Sound sculpture
  • Spectatorship and participation
  • Synaesthesia
  • Visual communication


  • Individual paper (20-minute presentation): 300 words abstract
  • Themed session (90- or 120-minute session): 250 words introduction and 200 words abstract for each paper

Proposals and current CVs should be submitted to Samantha Chang ( by July 17, 2016. Selected speakers will be notified by July 31, 2016. The conference programme will be announced in August 2016.

Conference Committee

Samantha Chang (University of Toronto)
Lauryn Smith (University of Toronto)
Elizabeth R. Mattison (University of Toronto)