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Hidden Figures of Screen Music and Sound

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Hidden Figures of Screen Music and Sound

  • Date 23 - 24 Jun 2020
  • Time c.12–5pm BST (both days)
  • Category Conference

Online conference, jointly hosted by the departments of Music and Media Arts.

Much current academic and cultural discourse is rightly devoted to questions of representation, and to exposing structures of inequality. Recent scholarship on screen music and sound specifically has begun to shift focus away from star composers, sound designers, and directors towards less celebrated individuals. This conference aims to bring together scholars from screen studies, sound studies, and musicology who are working on similar ‘hidden figures’ in the production of music and sound for screen media.

We are delighted to have accepted twelve paper presentations from speakers based around the world, which we invited on the following themes:

  • The work of individuals from communities underrepresented in the screen-music and screen-sound industries (e.g. women, people of colour, LGBTQ+ people). 
  • The work of individuals in less visible screen-music and screen-sound production roles (e.g. arrangers, orchestrators, music supervisors, foley artists, location sound recordists) – and the creative duties and contributions of those roles more broadly.
  • Industrial and critical processes of marginalization (e.g. in hiring and marketing). 

The conference will also include a panel session featuring industry figures, who will discuss the nature of their work, the paths of their careers, and their perceptions of issues of diversity and recognition in the industry.

We expect registration for the conference to be free. Final programme and registration details will be posted soon. In the meantime, queries may be directed to


  • Dr Lindsay Carter (University of Bristol)
  • Dr Rhys Davies (Royal Holloway)
  • Dr Jonathan Godsall (Royal Holloway)

We are pleased to acknowledge financial support from the following organisations:

  • British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS)
  • Humanities and Arts Research Institute (HARI), Royal Holloway, University of London
  • School of Performing and Digital Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London

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