Posts Tagged ‘TAGS 2013’

New Student Representative: Steph Jones

We are delighted to announce that at our recent TAGS conference at Keele University, Steph Jones was elected to one of the Society’s two Student Representative positions. She will work alongside our current Student Representative, Kirstie Hewlett.

Steph JonesSteph Jones is currently studying for a PhD in Musicology at the University of Leeds under the supervision of Prof. Martin Iddon and Prof. Derek Scott. She has previously worked on the musical representation of silence (in Messiaen’s ‘Regard du Silence’, the seventeenth movement of the Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jésus, under the supervision of Dr Ed Venn) and of coldness (in Lachenmann’s Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzen). Her current research focuses on the way in which particular discursive and aesthetic modes of listening inform analytical approaches to new music: working on eight interrelated case studies she hopes to propose new listening paradigms which can, in turn, help to generate new forms of analytical discourse to examine music often held to be forbidding and ‘unapproachable’.

Posted on 9th May 2013 by David Bretherton in SMA No comments » Tags:

SMA Elections 2012: Results

No other candidates having come forward, I am pleased to announce that Kenneth Smith has been re-elected as Vice-President & Events Officer.

The second of our two Student Representative positions remains unfilled, and we plan to hold a special election for this position at the forthcoming Keele TAGS conference in April. If you are interested in standing for this position, please feel free to contact Prof. Michael Spitzer ( for an informal chat.

Posted on 29th January 2013 by David Bretherton in SMA No comments » Tags:

CFP: TAGS Conference 2013

Music and Music Technology, Keele University
Thursday 18th to Friday 19th April, 2013.

Deadline for proposals: 8th February 2013

Student travel bursaries available

Keynote Speaker: Philip Tagg

The SMA’s annual Theory and Analysis Graduate Students (TAGS) Conference will be hosted by Music and Music Technology at Keele University on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th April, 2013. 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 welcome.

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.

For 20-minute paper proposals, abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent by email to Becky Thumpston at Please include name, affiliation, postal address, email address, and AV requirements on a separate cover sheet. Organisers of themed sessions should also submit a brief overview of the rationale for the session, 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 8th February 2013. All those submitting proposals will be notified of the outcome by Monday 18th February. Booking will also open on that date. Delegates will be invited to register from 10am on Thursday 18 April. The conference will commence at lunchtime on 18 April and finish by 3pm on Friday 19 April.

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 on campus). Further details can be found at to follow; please note that the deadline for applications for this event is Thursday 28 March, 2013.

Posted on 22nd November 2012 by Shay Loya in CFPs, Music Analysis, SMA No comments » Tags: