The Association’s General Assembly was held at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics of Stockholm
University on 12 August 2017 after the conclusion of its biennial conference, organized by Axel Englund and Hannah Hinz.
The President, Walter Bernhart, reported that two volumes of the Association’s book series,
Word and Music Studies (WMS, published by Brill/Rodopi, Leiden/Boston, MA), had been published since the last
conference, held in New York City in 2015: the proceedings of the 2013 London conference (Silence and Absence in
Literature and Music, WMS 15, ed. by Werner Wolf and Walter Bernhart), and Song Acts: Writings on Words and Music
(WMS 16, ed. by Walter Bernhart) written by the WMA Board member Lawrence Kramer.
The President further noted the successful reestablishment of the WMA website,
now based in Graz, the official seat of the association, and he encouraged members to send any
announcements they think fit for being posted on the website to either himself (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or to David Urrows, the Association’s Secretary (email@example.com).
In particular, members were invited to announce their recent word-and-music publications.
Emily Petermann reported on activities of the WMA Forum (WMAF),
the Association’s daugher organization. The 2016 WMAF conference was held in Phoenix,
AZ on the topic of "Words, Music, and Sexuality", organized by Charity McAdams.
The new coordinator of the WMAF is Alexandra Reznik. The next WMAF conference will be
held in 2018 in Düsseldorf on 22–24 November, on the topic "Popularity in Words and Music".
Axel Englund and Hannah Hinz were voted to become Honorary Members of the Association.
Motions were passed to introduce two amendments to the Association’s Constitution: to
enlarge the maximum number of members on the Executive Board from 8 to 10, and to introduce the new category of Liaisons as part of the Governing Body.
The following Executive Board was elected:
The following Liaisons were elected:
The next conference of WMA will take place in Graz from May 29 to June 1, 2019, on the topic
"Make it Old: Retro Forms and Styles in Literature and Music", organized by Werner Wolf and Walter Bernhart.
This will be followed by the 2021 conference in Leipzig, to be organized by Frieder von Ammon.
The New York proceedings, on Music, Narrative, and the Moving Image (WMS 17, ed. by Walter
Bernhart and David Francis Urrows) are forthcoming.
The Stockholm proceedings, on Arts of Incompletion: Fragments, Drafts, Revisions in Words and Music (WMS 18),
will be edited by Walter Bernhart and Axel Englund.