Volume 1, Number 2 (Autumn 2008)

Calls for Papers

Music and the Moving Image IV

Event Website: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/scoring/conference/
Event Location: NYU Steinhardt
Event Date(s): May 29–31, 2009
Deadline for Proposals: December 12, 2008
Conference fee (May 29, 30, 31): $150.00; Students: $75.00 (Housing Available)

Event Description

The fourth annual conference, Music and the Moving Image, encourages submissions from scholars and practitioners that explore the relationship between music and the entire universe of moving images (film, television, iPod, computer, video games, and interactive performances) through paper presentations and plenary sessions. This year two keynote addresses, Philip Tagg, Univ. of Montreal (Kojak: 50 Seconds of Television Music; Ten Little Title Tunes) and Caryl Flinn, Univ. of Arizona (Strains of Utopia: New German Cinema) will be presented. In addition, a screening of Peggy Stern's Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood with a discussion about animated films will be a featured part of the Saturday evening program. Streaming video versions of presentations will be available only at NYU from May 29–June 1, 2009. Accepted papers will be considered for inclusion in the peer-reviewed online journal Music and the Moving Image: http://mmi.press.illinois.edu/

The Program Committee includes Caryl Flinn, Univ. of Arizona (Music and Cinema (anthology); Brass Diva); Richard Peña, Professor of Film Studies, Columbia Univ. (Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center); Robynn Stilwell, Georgetown Univ. (Musicals: Hollywood and Beyond; Composing for the Screen in Germany and the USSR: Cultural Politics and Propaganda); and coeditors of Music and the Moving Image, Gillian B. Anderson (Haexan; Pandora's Box; Music for Silent Film 1892–1929: A Guide); and NYU faculty, Ron Sadoff (The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation; Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood). The conference will run in conjunction with the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker (May 20–29, 2009).

Paper Proposal Instructions/Guidelines

Abstracts or synopses of papers (250 words) should be submitted to: Dr. Ron Sadoff (ron.sadoff@nyu.edu), chair of the program committee, by no later than Dec. 12, 2008.


Ron Sadoff
New York University
35 West 4th St Rm 777
New York, NY, 10012

Music Theory and Analysis—7th Annual Conference

Event Location: University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia
Event Date(s): May 15–17, 2009
Deadline for Proposals: December 31, 2008
Deadline for Registration: February 15, 2009

Event Description

Music Theory and Analysis is an annual conference organized by the Department of Music Theory, Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade. The 2009 conference will consist of two segments. One addresses a broad range of issues around the following thematic circles:

The other focuses on the subject of Music Theory and Narrativity.

Paper Proposal Instructions/Guidelines

Each paper should be 20 minutes long, followed by 10 minutes' discussion.

Titles of the proposed papers to be emailed by December 31, 2008.
Abstracts (ca. 150 words) due by February 15, 2009.

All submissions to be emailed to Milos Zatkalik, mzatkali@eunet.yu.


Milos Zatkalik
head of Department of Music Theory
+381 64 132 4892

Midwest Graduate Music Consortium

Event Website: http://www.music.northwestern.edu/mgmc/
Event Location: Northwestern University
Event Date(s): April 3–4, 2009
Deadline for Proposals: January 1, 2009

Event Description

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Annegret Fauser, Professor of Music, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MGMC is a joint venture organized by graduate students from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, The University of Chicago, and Northwestern University. Conferences allow graduate students in various fields of music to come together and share ideas on a vast array of topics in a professional and collegial atmosphere. Conferences are held annually on a rotating basis at Madison, Chicago, or Evanston.

Paper Proposal Instructions/Guidelines

We welcome abstracts written by undergraduate and graduate students pertaining to musicology, ethnomusicology, music analysis, cognition, theory, pedagogy, performance, composition, education, and all other music-related subjects. Selected presentations will be limited to twenty-minute talks followed by ten additional minutes of questions and comments.

Please submit abstracts electronically as either a PDF or a Word document attachment to Jennifer Myers. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words and must be received by January 1, 2009. Each applicant must submit their abstract in an attachment that contains the title of their presentation but does not contain their name, email address, affiliation, or other identifying features. The e-mail accompanying this abstract should include the applicant's name, affiliation, email address, and phone number and should also list the technological aids needed for the proposed presentation (e.g. piano, CD-player, LCD-projector, etc.) Each applicant may submit up to two abstracts, but only one will be accepted for presentation.

We will select proposals based on originality, clarity, and appropriateness for oral presentation. Interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged. Supplementary materials such as musical examples, diagrams, and bibliographies should be submitted as separate pages, but should not exceed two pages.


Jennifer Myers (mgmc2009@gmail.com)
Dianne Lehmann (d-lehmann@northwestern.edu),
MGMC Program Co-Chairs.

Music Theory Midwest, 2009 Conference

Event Website: http://www.wmich.edu/mus-theo/mtmw/2009/
Event Location: Minneapolis, MN
Event Date(s): May 15–16, 2009
Deadline for Proposals: January 15, 2009

Event Description

Music Theory Midwest will hold its 20th Annual Conference on May 15–16, 2009 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The conference will be a joint meeting with the Midwest chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology. The MTMW keynote speaker will be David Huron (The Ohio State University).

The Program Committee invites proposals for individual presentations on any area of music theory and analysis. As the conference will be a joint meeting with the Midwest chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology, the committee encourages proposals that engage issues of relevance to both ethnomusicology and music theory (for example, theoretical studies of non-canonical repertories, or explorations of the relationship between ethnography and analysis). Music Theory Midwest also has a tradition of encouraging papers on composers, musicians, or compositions celebrating significant anniversaries in the year of the conference and welcomes proposals for special sessions devoted to a particular topic.

Paper Proposal Instructions/Guidelines

Send one cover letter and six copies of the abstract, postmarked not later than January 15, 2009, to

Steven Rings
Program Chair, MTMW 2009
University of Chicago Dept. of Music
1010 East 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

The cover letter should list the author's name and email address, the paper title, and any special equipment required for the presentation. If the submitter wishes to be considered for the Komar Award (see below), this should be indicated in the cover letter.

The abstract should not exceed 500 words and must be anonymous. Supplementary materials such as musical examples and diagrams may be included and do not count toward the word limit, but should not exceed two additional pages. Individual papers are to be twenty minutes long, leaving ten minutes for questions.

Electronic Submissions

Proposals may also be submitted electronically. Electronic submissions are due no later than 15 January 2009. The cover letter information is entered directly into an online form. The abstract must be in .PDF format. No other file formats will be accepted. Examples/diagrams may be included in the same .PDF file with the abstract, or sent as separate .PDF files; if multiple files are submitted, all should be submitted at the same time. Authors are responsible for producing files that will display and print clearly, and for ensuring that the files contain no indication of authorship (including file names). Go to Online Submissions: http://www.wmich.edu/mus-theo/mtmw/submit/cover.html

Special Sessions

Proposals for Special Sessions are encouraged. These are exempt from the word limit and will not be anonymous; the names of the organizer and all participants should be included in the proposal. Special Sessions should be unified in a way that is not normally characteristic of sessions assembled by the Program Committee from individually submitted papers. Anyone wishing to propose a Special Session is asked to contact the Program Chair via email at srings@uchicago.edu well in advance of the proposal deadline.

Komar Award

The Arthur J. Komar Award for best student paper will be presented at the conclusion of the meeting. Student presenters who wish to be considered for this award must identify this in their cover letters. For the purposes of this award, "student" status terminates with the receipt of a terminal degree or employment in a full-time position. Additonal information about the Komar Award can be found at: http://www.wmich.edu/mus-theo/mtmw/komar.html

Program Committee

Kyle Adams (Indiana University), Nicole Biamonte (University of Iowa), Robert Cook (University of Iowa), Sigrun Heinzelmann (Oberlin College Conservatory), Michael Vidmar-McEwen (Indiana University), Ronald Rodman (Carleton College), ex officio


Steven Rings
Program Chair, MTMW 2009
University of Chicago Dept. of Music
1010 East 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

McGill Music Graduate Symposium

Event Website: http://www.music.mcgill.ca/mgss/symposium/
Event Location: Montreal, Canada
Event Date(s): March 13–15, 2009
Deadline for Proposals: January 16, 2009

Event Description

The Music Graduate Students Society (MGSS) of the Schulich School of Music at McGill University announces the call for papers for the 2009 McGill Music Graduate Symposium. Please distribute this notice widely.

Since 1986 the McGill Music Graduate Symposium has been dedicated to fostering research in all areas related to music, including but not limited to the following: communications, composition, ethnomusicology, music cognition, music education, music technology, music theory, musicology, performance (including lecture-recitals) and sound recording.

This year's keynote speaker is Steve Waksman, Professor of Music and American Studies at Smith College in Northampton, MA. Professor Waksman is the award-winning author of Instruments of Desire: The Electric Guitar and the Shaping of Musical Experience (Harvard, 1999). He will present ideas from his forthcoming book, This Ain't the Summer of Love: Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk (California, 2009).

Paper Proposal Instructions/Guidelines

Proposal abstracts should be emailed by 16 January 2009 and should not exceed 400 words. Files (e.g., .doc, .odt, .txt) containing abstracts should be free of personal identification and appended as an attachment, as submissions will be judged anonymously. In the subject field of your email, please write: "Symposium Abstract Submission." Please provide the following in the body of the email:

Applicants will be notified of the program committee's decision via email by 02 February. Papers should be approximately 20 minutes in length, and lecture-recitals may be up to 40 minutes. A 10-minute question period will follow each presentation.



International Conference on Music and Emotion

Event Website: http://www.dur.ac.uk/music.emotion/
Event Location: University of Durham
Event Date(s): August 31–September 3, 2009
Deadline for Proposals: March 1, 2009

Event Description

The conference is conceived around four key-note panels representing the disciplines of music theory, philosophy, psychology and sonic arts. In addition, we invite papers on any aspect of emotion research, including:

Paper Proposal Instructions/Guidelines

Proposals (up to 200 words) for papers of around 20 minutes' duration should be sent by email to Jo Buckley (jo.buckley@durham.ac.uk) by 1st March 2009.


Jo Buckley (jo.buckley@durham.ac.uk)