Sue Miller – Cuban Flute Improviser, Writer & Academic

Recontextualising Ragtime Symposium 6&7 May 2017: More DetailsMarch 10th, 2017

Recontextualising Ragtime:

Connections, Influences, Perspectives

A Two-Day Symposium

6–7 May 2017

Edison Brothers


Location: Heritage Quay at the University of Huddersfield, UK

Organised by: Prof. Rachel Cowgill (University of Huddersfield) and Dr Sue Miller (Leeds Beckett University) in association with Heritage Quay at the University of Huddersfield


Join us for a two-day symposium examining the ragtime style, bringing together scholars and practitioners from the fields of music history, ethnomusicology, musicology, Caribbean and Latin American music, jazz studies and music analysis, alongside social dance and dance-recreation specialists, discographers and performers, all with a view to analysing the style in its own terms and not as a precursor to jazz. Looking at ragtime and its reception in the United Kingdom, the United States, Europe and elsewhere, our aim is to bring together all those interested in ragtime music and dance to examine systems of meanings around the term ‘ragtime’ that are culture-specific. We hope to question traditional narratives of the style’s development (including the influence of the  contradanza, tango and habanera on ragtime) and invite new ways of understanding this fascinating musical style and its various manifestations.


The symposium will feature invited talks, round-table discussions, performances, workshops, and a special Speakeasy event on the Saturday night, which is also open to the public:



Saturday 6 May@Heritage Quay: Speakeasy featuring:

Ragtime Dance Workshops and Dance Performance: Charlotte Ewart’s ‘Dance Through Time’ RAGTIME DANCE WORKSHOP (Come and learn to dance the Grizzly Bear, The Squirrel, Turkey Trot and The Fox!)

Shellac DJ: Greg Butler (Edison Brothers/Kipper the Cat Show)

Ragtime And Early Jazz And Blues Piano: Bruce Boardman

Palm Court Orchestra:

Bar and Cocktails from Panda’s Kitchen


Keynote Speakers to be  announced soon


Venue Location: Heritage Quay –

Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH

Tel: +44(0)1484 473 168   Email:

Access for visitors with hearing and/or visual impairments, and/or other physical disabilities

For assistance please telephone 01484 473 168

Blue Badge parking is available on campus at all times (pre-booking advisable).
Heritage Quay is accessed by a dedicated lift suitable for visitors with assistance aids. Assistance dogs are welcome. Induction loops are available in the search room and in the Group Space. Screen-reading software is available in the search room and magnification technology in the Exploration and Group Space.




Registration: via the University of Huddersfield’s online shop – opening soon (details to follow)

Conference fee for both days including ragtime dance workshop and Speakeasy event is £35 (£15 student and unwaged tbc)


Accommodation in Huddersfield: guide prices only – email or ring hotels directly for details:

The Cambridge Hotel:  Very handy for the train station and the University is around 20 minutes away by foot.   A variety of rates are on offer, including a Deluxe Double for c. £60 (breakfast additional).

Phone: +44 (0)1484 519892



Central Lodge: The University of Huddersfield, Train Station and main shopping area are just a 5-minute walk away. A variety of rates are on offer, starting at £62 per night.

Phone: +44 (0)1484 515551



Premier Inn Huddersfield Central Hotel: Situated within walking distance from the University of Huddersfield.  Single room with breakfast c. £75.00                      

Phone: 0871 527 8528



For delegates/guests with cars:


Briar Court Hotel:

Double room for sole occupancy c.£65.00 Bed & Breakfast

Phone Number:  +44 (0)1484 519902



Cedar Court Hotel (Huddersfield/Halifax):

Double room for sole occupancy c. £69.00 Bed & Breakfast

Phone Number: +44 (0)1422 375431



For more information about our two-day symposium, please contact:

Dr Sue Miller

Professor Rachel Cowgill