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Call for Papers: TAGS Conference 2014

Royal Holloway, University of London
Friday 2nd to Saturday 3rd May, 2014
Deadline for proposals: 21st March 2014
Keynote Speaker: Julian Horton (Durham University)
Student travel bursaries available

The SMA’s annual Theory and Analysis Graduate Students (TAGS) Conference will be hosted by the Department of Music, Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL) on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd of May, 2014. The event provides a supportive and friendly environment in which postgraduates can gain experience in presenting their work and meet fellow researchers. Participants who do not wish to give a paper are also very welcome. Our keynote speaker will be the SMA’s new President, Professor Julian Horton (Durham University), who will give a paper entitled ‘In Defence of Musical Analysis’.

Proposals are invited from postgraduate students for 20-minute papers, themed sessions and lecture recitals addressing any analytical, critical or theoretical subject and in relation to any style of music. We also welcome submissions in the following areas:

• Analysing a-/microtonal Music;
• Analysing non-Western Musics;
• Performance as Analysis / Analysis as Performance;
• Analysis, Philosophy, and Critical Theory;
• Intersections between History, Theory, and Analysis;
• Analysing Popular Music and Improvisation;
• Music Perception and Cognition;
• Empirical Approaches to Music.

Themed sessions focusing on the analysis of a particular work(s), or on specific arrangements or transcriptions are also welcomed.

For 20-minute paper proposals, abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent by email to Katie Cattell at (email size limit = 5MB). Please include name, affiliation, postal address, email address, and AV requirements on a separate cover sheet (Ms Word or PDF). Organisers of themed sessions should submit a brief overview together with the individual abstracts. Proposals for lecture recitals should include full details of the proposed performance and any relevant requirements in their cover sheet.

The closing date for receipt of proposals is 21st March 2014. All those submitting proposals will be notified of the outcome by the end of March 2014. Delegates will be invited to register from lunchtime on Friday 2nd May, and the conference will run until Saturday afternoon, 3rd May. Royal Holloway is located just 20 miles West of Central London, and is easily accessed by train. Informal enquiries may be sent via email to Dr Anne Hyland at

If you are presenting a paper you will be eligible to apply for an SMA Student Travel Bursary to help cover the costs of travel and accommodation (B&B accommodation will be available near campus). Further details can be found here; please note that the deadline for applications for bursaries is Wednesday, 2 April, 2014.

Posted on 8th February 2014 by Shay Loya in CFPs, SMA, Uncategorized No comments » Tags:

CFP: Shifting Perspectives: Approaches to Music Performance Research

A postgraduate research conference on ‘Shifting Perspectives: Approaches to Music Performance Research’, will be hosted by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on Friday 9 May 2014.

The aim of the conference is to provide opportunities for postgraduate students to present their research at various stages of development, and to create a meeting place for students from different institutions to discuss their projects and ideas. The event will include keynote addresses, 20-minute paper presentations and lecture recitals.
Proposals are invited on topics that address changing attitudes to performers and performance practice. Possible themes might include, but are not limited to:

• Methodological innovation in relation to music performance research
• Changing relationships between composition, performance and the creative process
• Changes in ensembles, repertoires and audiences
• Development of instruments and the impact on performance practice and repertoire
• Changing social roles of performers
• Changing approaches to performance analysis

Potential contributors are invited to submit abstracts for:

i) Individual paper presentations (20 minutes, plus 10 minutes question time)
ii) Collaborative papers (30 minutes, plus 10 minutes question time)
iii) Lecture recitals (40 minutes to 50 minutes maximum, including question time)

Abstracts should address the conference theme and state the aims and methodological approach of the proposed paper(s). Abstracts will be published in the conference programme, and should be no longer than 300 words for individual papers and lecture recitals, and up to 500 words for collaborative papers. They should include the following information:

i) Title of paper
ii) Author(s) name(s)
iii) Institutional affiliation
iv) Email address(es)
v) Abstract

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is Friday 14 February 2014. Successful contributors will be notified via email by the end of February 2014. The conference programme will be advertised in March 2014.

Abstracts should be submitted via email (preferably as plain text – only attachments in .rtf format will be accepted) to Dr Eva Mantzourani at:

Posted on 5th February 2014 by Shay Loya in CFPs, Uncategorized No comments » Tags: