Cercle de Recherche…
The Cercle de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les Musiciennes (Interdisciplinary Research Group on Female Musicians) was launched in 2010 by a network of musicologists, sociologists and historians with the aim of bringing together, developing and heightening the profile in France of research activities into female musicians.
The CReIM is a platform for interdisciplinary interaction and exchange, not limited to any particular historical period. Its aim is to foster synergies and cross-fertilisation between different approaches in musicology, sociology, historical studies, gender studies, archival and literary research, etc. This is with a view not only to studying high-profile figures in the history of female musicianship, but also to writing a social history of more hidden female musical practices, and to map the various spaces occupied by female musicians – the focal points, the conquests, and the obstacles – or again, to analyse systems of representation, discourse, mechanisms of reception and perception, and the role of music in the construction of gender and feminine identity.
… sur les Musiciennes
The topic “female musicians” is understood here in the broad sense of female composers, performers, theoreticians, musicologists, professional or amateur, patrons, or even just listeners. More generally, the purpose is to examine the links, interactions and points of tension between women and musical spheres, or between music and female spheres.
The CReIM has thus two fundamental aspirations: to further integrate music within women’s studies and gender studies, but also to incorporate women within the history of music and within musicological studies.