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Music and Travel in Europe and the Americas, 1500–1800

Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers

Postmark Deadline: March 4, 2013

A four-week institute for twenty-two higher education faculty to explore the intersections of the history of music and the history of travel.

Carla Zecher, curator at the Newberry Library, leads an interdisciplinary institute that explores how travel studies can inform music history, and vice versa. By linking two otherwise isolated academic fields, music history and travel studies, the institute allows participants from a variety of backgrounds to use the unparalleled collection of rare sources in both areas at the Newberry, to engage deeply with the latest research, and to interact with leading scholars. The institute begins with key questions of periodization and methodology, before moving into its core section, which examines how the Grand Tour is a unifying principle for understanding European music history in the eighteenth century. Trans-Atlantic travel and the circulation of musico-cultural goods between Europe and the colonies serve as a transition, following which presentations and discussion turn to the Americas and New France. The last three days of the institute are devoted to participant presentations of their individual projects. The institute readings, lectures, and discussions suggest ways in which scholar-teachers might integrate the topics discussed into a wide range of undergraduate courses through the use of primary sources. Visiting lecturers include Vanessa Agnew (German, University of Michigan), Linda Austern (musicology, Northwestern University), Jeanice Brooks (music, University of Southampton, UK), David Buch (music, University of Northern Iowa), Drew Davies (musicology, Northwestern University), Craig Monson (music, Washington University), Louise Stein (musicology, University of Michigan), Daniel Vitkus (English, Florida State University), Lisa Voigt (Spanish and Portuguese, The Ohio State University), Tim Youngs (English, Nottingham Trent University, UK), and John Rice (music, independent scholar).

Faculty: Vanessa Agnew, Linda Austern, Jeanice Brooks, David Buch, Drew Davies, Craig Monson, John Rice, Louise Stein, Daniel Vitkus, Lisa Voigt, Tim Youngs

Dates: July 15—August 9 (4 weeks)
Director(s): Carla Zecher, Newberry Library
Grantee Institutions: Newberry Library
Location: Chicago, IL

About NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers

Each year the NEH’s Division of Education Programs offers teachers opportunities to study a variety of humanities topics in Summer Seminars and Institutes. Each NEH Summer Seminar includes sixteen participants working in collaboration with one or two leading scholars. Participants have access to a major research collection, with time reserved to pursue individual projects.

Amount of Award

NEH Summer Scholars are awarded fixed stipends to help cover travel costs, books and other research expenses, and living expenses. Stipend amounts are based on the length of the NEH Summer Seminar or Institute: $2,100 (2 weeks), $2,700 (3 weeks), $3,300 (4 weeks), $3,900 (5 weeks), or $4,500 (6 weeks).


NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes are designed primarily for teachers of American undergraduate students. Qualified independent scholars and those employed by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other organizations may be eligible to compete provided they can effectively advance the teaching and research goals of the project.

You may request information about as many projects as you like, but you may apply to no more than two NEH Summer Programs (seminars, institutes, or Landmarks workshops) and you may attend only one.

Please note:

Adjunct faculty, community college faculty and first-time participants are encouraged to apply.

Up to two seminar spaces and three institute spaces are reserved for current full-time graduate students in the humanities.

How to Apply

For more information and application instructions, please visit the program website listed above.