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  • The University of Western Australia (M413), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Sarah Collins lectures in musicology at the University of Western Australia. In 2017, she was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at Durham University. Sarah is the author of Lateness and Modernism: Untimely Ideas about Music, Literature and Politics in Interwar Britain (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) and The Aesthetic Life of Cyril Scott (Boydell, 2013); the editor of Music and Victorian Liberalism: Composing the Liberal Subject (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming); and has had articles published in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Twentieth-Century Music, Music & Letters, Musical Quarterly and elsewhere. She is a co-editor, with Paul Watt and Michael Allis, of the Oxford Handbook of Music and Intellectual Culture in the Nineteenth Century (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), and is currently the reviews editor of the Journal of the Royal Musical Association and the RMA Research Chronicle.

Sarah has been a reader for the Journal of the American Musicological Society, the Journal of Victorian Culture, Cambridge University Press, Ashgate and Boydell, and has served as President of the Victorian Chapter of the Musicological Society of Australia, and as secretary and treasurer respectively of the Queensland chapter.

She welcomes potential PhD students interested in researching any aspect of cultural modernism, film music, or music and politics of any era.

Funding overview

British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant, Co-CI with Laura Tunbridge (Oxford) and Barbara Kelly (RNCM), 2017-19

Institute of Musical Research, University of London, Conference Grant, with Tunbridge and Kelly, 2017

Royal Musical Association, Conference Grant, with Tunbridge and Kelly, 2017

Visiting Fellowship, Harvard University, 2017

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow, Durham University, UK (Co-funded by European Commission), 2016-17

Collaborative Grant for Transnational Research Group, University of New South Wales

Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of New South Wales, 2014

Monash Research Project Grant, 2013

Postdoctoral Publication Grant, Monash Europe Centre, 2012

Music and Letters Trust Award, UK, 2012

Commonwealth Scholarship, British Council, 2007-9


Sarah's current research focuses on the intersection between political, aesthetic and ethical concerns in music literature of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries (including music historiography, music criticism and aesthetics). Her broader research interests include British music and modernism, Anglo-European musical relations during the inter-war period, cosmopolitanism, 'new' modernism, and disciplinary history. 

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Research Output 2013 2019

Aesthetic Liberalism

Collins, S. S., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Liberalism and Victorian Music Culture. Collins, S. (ed.). Cambridge University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Liberalism and Victorian Music Culture

Collins, S. S. (ed.), 2019, (Accepted/In press) Cambridge University Press.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book/Anthology

The Oxford Handbook of Music and Intellectual Culture in the 19th Century

Collins, S. S., Watt, P. (ed.) & Allis, M. (ed.), 2019, (In preparation) Oxford and NY: Oxford University Press.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book/Anthology