This month I have participated in two conferences presenting papers which are a result of my research as part of the Urbanmusics Project. First, I attended the Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society (AMS), which took place in Vancouver (Canada) between 3 and 6 November, and delivered a paper entitled “Women, Urban Experiences of Music, and the Inquisition in the Early Modern Iberian World” in a session on “Early Modern Women” chaired by Nina Treadwell. I learned a lot from the contributions of Eleonora Beck (“More Than a Pretty violeta: Santa Caterina de’ Vigri’s Contributions to Renaissance Musical Culture”), Seth Coluzzi (“The First Songstress: The Fragmented History of Lucia Quinciani’s Monody of 1611”), and Sara Pecknold (“Pretiosissimo sangue: Giulio Strozzi and the Sacri musicali affetti (1655)”). It was the first time that I attended a AMS meeting and it was a very positive experience. I enjoyed the stimulating atmosphere of the conference and the helpful exchange of ideas, and came to know more about American academic life. I had the chance to attend a concert of the cycle “Early Music Vancouver” entitled “Breathtaking—A Voice and a Cornetto Entwined” at Christ Church Cathedral.
A few days later I attended the conference of the Spanish Musicological Society (Sociedad Española de Musicología, SEdeM) at the Universidad Autónoma in Madrid. It was also my first time at this quadrennial meeting, which was devoted to “Musicology in the twenty-first century: New challenges, new perspectives” (“Musicología en el siglo XXI: nuevos retos, nuevos enfoques”). I contributed with a paper on “Music for the ladies of the royal court in seventeenth-century Valladolid” (“Música para las damas de la Corte en el Valladolid del siglo XVII”) on Friday, 18 November, at a session on the circulation of music. It was interesting to participate in both conferences within a short lapse of time between the two events, as I was able to discover the latest approaches in musicological research and to rethink and develop my own work. [Ascensión Mazuela, 24/11/2016]