Paul Watt

Paul Watt

Elder Conservatorium of Music

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Paul Watt is Professor of Musicology at the Australian Guild of Music, Melbourne and Adjunct Professor of Music in the University of Adelaide. His research crosses a range of fields including nineteenth-century music, musical biography and criticism, popular music, intellectual history and religious and literary studies. He is the author of two books, Ernest Newman: A Critical Biography (2017) and The Regulation and Reform of Music Criticism in Nineteenth-Century England (2018). His articles have been published in a variety of journals including Music & Letters, the Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle, 19th-century Music and the Yale Journal of Music & Religion. He is co-editor of a number of books including The Oxford Handbook of Music and Intellectual Culture in the Nineteenth Century (with Sarah Collins and Michael Allis, 2020) and the award-winning book, Joseph Holbrooke: Composer, Critic and Musical Patriot (with Anne-Marie Forbes, 2017).

Paul’s research has been funded by fellowships from the Australian Research Council (Discovery Early Career Research Award, 2012–2015), and the European Commission’s Senior Fellowship Program (2016), which was undertaken in the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University. Paul has also held visiting fellowships in the Institute of Music Research, University of London (2009), the Humanities Research Centre, University of Texas, Austin (2010), the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, Durham University (2017), and the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University (2021).

In addition to work in the university sector, Paul is Director of the Street Music Research Unit. The Unit is affiliated with The Busking Project, a non-profit organisation in Berlin, that promotes busking and street performance around the world. Paul also serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Music Research Online, Musicology Australia, Global Nineteenth-Century Studies, the RMA Research Chronicle and ‘Studies in British Musical Cultures’, a book series published by Clemson University Press.

Paul Watt is Professor of Musicology at the Australian Guild of Music, Melbourne, and Adjunct Professor of Music in The University of Adelaide. His research crosses a range of fields including nineteenth-century music, musical biography and criticism, popular music, intellectual history and religious and literary studies. He is the author of two books, Ernest Newman: A Critical Biography (2017) and The Regulation and Reform of Music Criticism in Nineteenth-Century England (2018). His articles have been published in a variety of journals including Music & Letters, the Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle19th-century Music and the Yale Journal of Music & Religion. He is co-editor of a number of books including The Oxford Handbook of Music and Intellectual Culture in the Nineteenth Century (with Sarah Collins and Michael Allis, 2020) and the award-winning book, Joseph Holbrooke: Composer, Critic and Musical Patriot (with Anne-Marie Forbes, 2017). 

Paul’s research has been funded by fellowships from the Australian Research Council (Discovery Early Career Research Award, 2012–2015), and the European Commission’s Senior Fellowship Program (2016), which was undertaken in the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University. Paul has also held visiting fellowships in the Institute of Music Research, University of London (2009), the Humanities Research Centre, University of Texas, Austin (2010), the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, Durham University (2017), and the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University (2021).

In addition to work in the university sector, Paul is Director of the Street Music Research Unit. The Unit is affiliated with The Busking Project, a non-profit organisation in Berlin, that promotes busking and street performance around the world. Paul also serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Music Research OnlineMusicology AustraliaGlobal Nineteenth-Century Studies, the RMA Research Chronicle and ‘Studies in British Musical Cultures’, a book series published by Clemson University Press. 

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2021 - ongoing Professor of Musicology Australian Guild of Music
    2021 - ongoing Adjunct Professor of Musicology The University of Adelaide
    2021 - ongoing Director The Busking Project
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2009 The University of Sydney Australia PhD
    1992 Monash University Australia MA
    1990 Australian Catholic University Melbourne BMus
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2015 Certificate of Academic Practice Monash University
  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2022 Watt, P. (2022). The Cambridge Companion to Music and Romanticism. MUSIC & LETTERS, 103(4), 763-765.
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    2020 Watt, P. (2020). Marie Lloyd (1870–1922) and biographical constructions of the nineteenth-century female superstar. Nineteenth Century Music, 44(2), 119-130.
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    2020 Watt, P. (2020). <i>Carmen</i> and the Staging of Spain: Recasting Bizet’s Opera in the Belle Epoque. Musicology Australia, 42(1), 63-64.
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    2019 Watt, P. (2019). Buskers and busking in australia in the nineteenth century. Musicology Australia, 41(1), 22-35.
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    2019 Watt, P. (2019). Jacques Barzun’s Berlioz and the Romantic Century (1950): A Musicological Brontosaurus?. Journal of Musicological Research, 38(3-4), 298-312.
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    2019 Wiley, C., & Watt, P. (2019). Musical Biography in the Musicological Arena. Journal of Musicological Research, 38(3-4), 187-192.
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    2018 Watt, P. (2018). Street Music in the Nineteenth Century: Histories and Historiographies. Nineteenth-Century Music Review, 15(1), 3-8.
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    2018 Watt, P. (2018). Street Music in London in the Nineteenth Century: 'Evidence' from Charles Dickens, Charles Babbage and Lucy Broadwood. Nineteenth-Century Music Review, 15(1), 9-22.
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    2017 Watt, P. (2017). Musical &amp; literary networks in the weekly critical Review, Paris, 1903-1904. Nineteenth-Century Music Review, 14(1), 33-50.
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    2017 Watt, P. (2017). Music criticism in nineteenth-century England: How did it become a profession?. Musicologica Brunensia, 52(1), 117-126.
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    2017 Watt, P., & Collins, S. (2017). Critical networks. Nineteenth-Century Music Review, 14(1), 3-8.
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    2016 Watt, P. (2016). Editorial—Street Music: Ethnography, Performance, Theory. Journal of Musicological Research, 35(2), 69-71.
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    2014 Watt, P., & Rabinovici, A. (2014). Alexandra Palace: Music, leisure, and the cultivation of 'higher civilization' in the late nineteenth century. Music and Letters, 95(2), 183-212.
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    2014 Watt, P. (2014). Music, lyrics and cultural tropes in Australian popular songs of the first world war: Two case studies. Musicology Australia, 36(1), 90-105.
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    2013 Watt, P. (2013). Ernest Newman's Draft of a Berlioz Biography (1899) and its Appropriation of Emile Hennequin's Style Theory. Nineteenth-Century Music Review, 10(1), 151-168.
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    2011 Watt, P. (2011). Editorial. Musicology Australia, 33(1), 1.
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    2010 Watt, P. (2010). Musicology Australia: Editorial. Musicology Australia, 32(1), 1.
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    2009 Watt, P. (2009). Editorial. Musicology Australia, 31(1), vii.
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    2007 Watt, P. (2007). Editorial. Musicology Australia, 29(1), vii.
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    2005 Watt, P. (2005). Musical biography: Towards new paradigms. Musicology Australia, 28(1), 160-164.
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    2002 Watt, P. (2002). Editorial. Musicology Australia, 25(1), VI.
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    2000 Watt, P. (2000). Editorial. Musicology Australia, 23(1), vi-vii.
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    1998 Watt, P. (1998). Listening in Paris: A cultural history: James H.Johnson. Musicology Australia, 21(1), 85-87.
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  • Books

    Year Citation
    2020 Watt, P., Collins, S., & Allis, M. (2020). The oxford handbook of music and intellectual culture in the nineteenth century. Oxford University Press.
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    2020 Watt, P., Collins, S., & Allis, M. (2020). Introduction: Music and intellectual culture in the nineteenth century.
    2017 Watt, P., Scott, D. B., & Spedding, P. (2017). Cheap print and popular song in the nineteenth century: A cultural history of the songster. Cambridge University Press.
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  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2020 Watt, P. (2020). Street performers and street culture. In Routledge Handbook of Street Culture (pp. 38-47).
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    2020 Watt, P. (2020). Newspapers, little magazines, and anthologies. In The Oxford Handbook of Music and Intellectual Culture in the Nineteenth Century (pp. 191-208). Oxford University Press.
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    2018 Watt, P. (2018). The rise of the professional music critic in nineteenth-century England. In The Music Profession in Britain, 1780-1920: New Perspectives on Status and Identity (pp. 110-127). Routledge.
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    2017 Watt, P. (2017). The prefaces to songsters: The law, aesthetics, performers and their reputations. In P. Watt, D. B. Scott, & P. Spedding (Eds.), Cheap Print and Popular Song in the Nineteenth Century: A Cultural History of the Songster (pp. 32-46). United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
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    2017 Watt, P., Scott, D. B., & Spedding, P. (2017). The nineteenth-century songster: Recovering a lost musical artefact. In Cheap Print and Popular Song in the Nineteenth Century: A Cultural History of the Songster (pp. 1-8). Cambridge University Press.
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Professor Paul Watt has held numerous research grants including an ARC DECRA (2012–2015) and a European Commission Program 7 Senior Research Fellowship in the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University (2017). 

He has also held the following competitive fellowships:

2021 Humanities Research Centre Research Fellow, Australian National University, July–October

2017 European Commission Seventh Program Senior Research Fellow, Durham University, January and February

2016 Inaugural International Research Fellow, Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies, Durham University, January and February

2015 Visiting Research Fellow, University of Huddersfield (until 2019)

2010 Alfred A. Knopf and Blanche W. Knopf Fellowship, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, 22–29 July

2009 Visiting Fellow, Institute of Musical Research, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, June–July

Paul Watt is Professor of Musicology at the Australian Guild of Music where he is convenor of Musicology, Music Pedagogy, and Music Business.

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 Principal Supervisor Exploring Gender as a Spectrum Through Fantasy, Humour, Mortality, and the Legacy of Freddie Mercury's Performativity Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss April Rose Mitchell
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2021 - ongoing The Busking Project Research Cultural or historical Germany
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2020 - ongoing Board Member Journal of Music Research Online The University of Adelaide Australia
    2019 - ongoing Board Member Global Nineteenth Century Studies Global Nineteenth Century Studies Association United Kingdom
    2019 - ongoing Board Member Studies in British Music Cultures Clemson University Press United States
    2017 - ongoing Associate Editor Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle Royal Musical Association United Kingdom

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