Fourth International Conference on
Analytical Approaches to World Music (AAWM 2016)
June 8–11, 2016
Hosted by The New School, New York, USA

Deadline: 1 December 2015

World music traditions are receiving increasing attention in all areas of music research, including ethnomusicology, music theory and analysis, music history, music psychology, and music information retrieval. Analytical Approaches to World Music 2016 is the fourth in a series of conferences that bring together scholars from diverse disciplines and cultures, in order to foster interdisciplinary and cross-cultural dialogue and promote new approaches and methods for the study of world music.

We welcome submissions that examine world musical traditions from any analytical and theoretical angles, including (but not limited to) ethnographic, historical, formal, computational, and cognitive perspectives. Submission formats include papers, posters, special sessions, and workshops.

Please see below for information on conference organization and submission guidelines.

Conference web site:

Organizing Committee
Lawrence Shuster (College of Saint Rose, USA), Chair
John Roeder (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Michael Tenzer (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Local Arrangements Committee
Chris Stover (The New School College of Performing Arts, USA), Chair
Evan Rapport (The New School Eugene Lang College, USA)
Lynne Rogers (The New School College of Performing Arts, USA)
Nancy Rao (Rutgers University, USA)

Keynote Speakers
Jay Rahn (York University, Canada)
Richard Widdess (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK)

Program Co-Chairs
Panayotis Mavromatis (New York University, USA)
Chloe Alaghband-Zadeh (University of Cambridge, UK)

Submission Guidelines

Papers Proposals for spoken papers should be submitted in an extended abstract format with customary headings (Introduction, Analysis, Conclusions, etc.). They should be about 700 words in length, including footnotes but not counting examples and bibliography. They should be accompanied by a separate 200-word abstract. Accepted papers will be allocated 30 minutes for presentation plus 15 minutes for discussion.

Posters Poster proposals should follow the same format as spoken paper proposals.

Authors may submit a given proposal as a paper, a poster, or both. The program committee will make a final recommendation on the presentation format, taking the author’s request into consideration. Abstracts and full proposals of the accepted papers and posters will be published online.

Special Sessions Authors of papers that share a common theme may propose to deliver them in a special session. Each paper should be submitted separately, and will be reviewed following the same process as that for spoken papers. In addition, a separate 700-word proposal and 200-word abstract should be submitted for the session as a whole.

Workshops / Alternative Formats Proposals for workshops or other alternative formats should also take the form of a 700-word proposal and a 200-word abstract. The proposals should give as many details as possible about the precise format they will employ, how many participants can attend, and the size and type of space they will require.

The submission deadline for all proposals is December 1, 2015. Notification of acceptance will be sent via email by early February 2016.

Submissions will be accepted electronically starting July 1st using the following link:

Further detailed instructions will be provided by the online submission system.

Additional Information

For additional information regarding the conference, including venue, transportation, and accommodations, please check the conference website:

Updated information will be posted there as soon as it becomes available.

Please direct all remaining questions to

Program Committee

Simha Arom (Directeur de Recherche Emérite au CNRS, France)
Linda Barwick (University of Sydney, Australia)
Emmanouil Benetos (Queen Mary, University of London, UK)
Filippo Bonini-Baraldi (Centre de Recherche en Ethnomusicologie, France)
Steven Brown (McMaster University, Canada)
Ya-Hui Cheng (University of South Florida, USA)
Martin Clayton (Durham University, UK)
Darrell Conklin (University of the Basque Country, Spain)
Ruth Davis (Cambridge University, UK)
Monique Desroches (Université de Montréal, Canada)
Byron Dueck (Open University, UK)
Daniel Goldberg (Yale University, USA)
Rachel Hall (St. Joseph’s University, USA)
Áine Heneghan (University of Michigan, USA)
Andre Holzapfel (Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey)
Henry Johnson (University of Otago, New Zealand)
Kalin Kirilov (Towson University, USA)
Ellen Koskoff (Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, USA)
Peter van Kranenburg (Meertens Institute, Netherlands)
Laura Leante (Durham University, UK)
David Locke (Tufts University, USA)
Justin London (Carleton College, USA)
Shay Loya (City University London, UK)
Yonatan Malin (University of Colorado at Boulder, USA)
Peter Manuel (Graduate Center and John Jay College, City University of New York, USA)
Andrew McGraw (University of Richmond, USA)
Sue Miller (Anglia Ruskin University, UK)
Simon Mills (Durham University, UK)
Sam Mirelman (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, USA)
Robert Morris (Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, USA)
Somangshu Mukherji (University of Michigan, USA)
Laudan Nooshin (City University London, UK)
Marc Perlman (Brown University, USA)
Jay Rahn (York University, Canada)
Nancy Rao (Rutgers University, USA)
Dana Rappoport (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France)
Evan Rapport (The New School, USA)
John Roeder (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Martin Rohrmeier (Technische Universität Dresden, Germany)
Frank Scherbaum (University of Potsdam, Germany)
Martin Scherzinger (New York University, USA)
Rob Schultz (University of Kentucky, USA)
Edwin Seroussi (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
Lawrence Shuster (College of St. Rose, USA)
Jonathan Stock (University College Cork, Ireland)
Chris Stover (The New School, USA)
Gabriel Solis (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Michael Tenzer (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Godfried Toussaint (McGill University, Canada and New York University, Abu Dhabi)
Costas Tsougras (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
Anja Volk (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
Chris Walshaw (University of Greenwich, UK)
Richard Widdess (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK)