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: eva.mantzourani@rwcmd.ac.uk