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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

20132020
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Biography

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 visiting 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 currently the reviews editor of the Journal of the Royal Musical Association and the RMA Research Chronicle.

 

In 2019, Sarah received the McCredie Musicological Award by the Australian Academy of the Humanities, which “recognises outstanding contribution in musicology by an Australian scholar. It is Australia’s most prestigious award for the study of music” (AAH website).


Sarah's current research focuses on tracing intersections between political, economic, aesthetic and ethical concerns in nineteenth and twentieth century European thought. She has written on the aesthietcs of liberalisma and Marxism, as well as on music historiography, 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 Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Routledge and Boydell, as well as for the Journal of the American Musicological Society, the Journal of Victorian Culture and others. She 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 is currently president of the WA chapter of the MSA.

Sarah 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 2020

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

Collins, S. S., Watt, P. (ed.) & Allis, M. (ed.), 2020, (In preparation) Oxford and NY: Oxford University Press.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book/Anthology

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

Milieu
Music
World War I
Cultural Sphere
Vividness

Liberalism and Victorian Music Culture

Collins, S. S. (ed.), 2019, Cambridge University Press.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book/Anthology