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

    6009 Perth


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Sarah Collins joined the University of Western Australia in 2018, after holding research fellowships at Durham University and the University of New South Wales, a visitng fellowship at Harvard University, and a lecturing appointment at Monash University. She is the author of Lateness and Modernism: Untimely Ideas about Music, Literature and Politics in Interwar Britain (Cambridge UP, 2019), and The Aesthetic Life of Cyril Scott (Boydell, 2013); editor of Music and Victorian Liberalism: Composing the Liberal Subject (Cambridge UP, 2019); and co-editor, with Paul Watt and Michael Allis, of the Oxford Handbook of Music and Intellectual Culture in the Nineteenth Century (Oxford UP, forthcoming). Her research has been published in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Twentieth-Century Music, Music & Letters, Musical Quarterly and elsewhere. She has co-edited special issues of Nineteenth-Century Music Review, Musical Quarterly and the Australian Humanities Review. Sarah is also reviews editor of the Journal of the Royal Musical Association and the RMA Research Chronicle.

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. 

Sarah has been a peer reader for the Journal of the American Musicological Society, the Journal of Victorian Culture, Cambridge UP, Oxford UP, 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.

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Research Output 2013 2019

Absolute Music and Aesthetic Autonomy

Collins, S., 2019, (Accepted/In press) The Oxford Handbook of Western Music and Philosophy. Levinson, J., McAuley, T. & Nielsen, N. (eds.). UK: Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Aesthetic Liberalism

Collins, S. S., May 2019, Music and Victorian Liberalism: Composing the Liberal subject. Collins, S. (ed.). Cambridge University Press, p. 1-12 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Lateness and Modernism: Untimely Ideas about Music, Literature and Politics in Interwar Britain

Collins, S., 2019, UK: Cambridge University Press. 192 p. ( Lateness and Modernism: Volume 46 ; vol. 46)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

World War I
Cultural Sphere

Liberalism and Victorian Music Culture

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

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book/Anthology

Music Displacing Violence Displacing Music: Rancière, Resistance and the Problem of Commemorative Art

Collins, S., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Rancière and Music. Cachopo, J. P., Nickleson, P. & Stover, C. (eds.). UK: Edinburgh University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter