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Laura Hamer

Associate Professor Laura Hamer

0151 291 3620
Arts and Humanities

I joined Liverpool Hope University in January 2012 and became Head of Music in 2014. Prior to coming to Hope, I worked at Birmingham Conservatoire of Music and the Open University.  I completed my undergraduate studies at Brasenose College, Oxford, and my MA and PhD at Cardiff University. I also hold an LRSM in Advanced Piano Performance, and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. My main areas of research interest lie in women in music, nineteenth- and twentieth-century French and Austro-German music, and reception and criticism studies. I am a member of the Francophone Music Criticism Project and the British Music Criticism since 1945 Project. In September 2013 I organised the Eighth Biennial International Conference on Music since 1900, and in March 2015 I organised the Women in Music since 1913 Symposium. I am a Committee Member of the National Association of Music in Higher Education. I established the Women in Music Research Group, which I currently direct, at Liverpool Hope University in 2014.

At Liverpool Hope, I teach on a wide range of undergraduate courses, including Introduction to Classical Music Studies (Romanticism),  Issues and Ideas in Music, Music in Context, Topics in Musicology (Women in Music), Advanced Classical Music Studies, and Dissertation/Research Project. In addition to being Head of Music, I am also BA Music Course Leader and MA Music Course Leader. On the MA Music, I take particular responsibility for the pathway in Musicology. I am primary research supervisor for Carly Rowley and Zaina Shihabi. 

I have published articles and book chapters on various aspects of women in music and nineteenth- and twentieth-century music, including Jane Evrard and the Orchestre fĂ©minin de Paris, Germaine Tailleferre, women and the interwar Prix de Rome competition, Olivier Messiaen, and Armande de Polignac. I am currently working on a monograph on women musicians in interwar France, and two book chapters on music criticism. 


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