Call for Papers

Deadline for proposals: 31st January 2018

Keynote Speaker: Professor Daniel Grimley

Student travel bursaries available

The SMA’s annual Theory and Analysis Graduate Students (TAGS) Conference will be hosted by the Department of Music at Durham University on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th April, 2018. The event provides a supportive and friendly environment in which postgraduate students can gain experience in presenting their work, and meet fellow researchers. Participants who do not wish to give a paper are also very welcome to attend.

Our keynote speaker, Professor Daniel Grimley, is a Professor of Music at Oxford University, Fellow and tutor at Merton College, and lecturer at University College.

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers, themed sessions, and lecture recitals addressing any analytical, critical, or theoretical subject and in relation to any style of music. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Formenlehre and Sonata Theory;
  • Analysing non-Western Musics;
  • Analysis, Philosophy, and Critical Theory;
  • Intersections between History, Theory, and Analysis;
  • Analysis and Cultural Geography;
  • Analysing Popular Music and Improvisation;
  • Music Perception and Cognition;
  • Empirical Approaches to Music;
  • Analysing Musical Modernism;
  • Analysing a-/microtonal 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 Maddie Kavanagh Clarke at Please include the following: name, institutional affiliation, email address, and any AV requirements on a separate cover sheet (Microsoft word or PDF only please). Organisers of themed sessions should submit a brief overview, together with 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 31st January 2018.

All those submitting proposals will be notified of the outcome by mid-February 2018.

Delegates will be invited to register from the morning of Saturday, 7th April, and the conference will run all-day Saturday and until Sunday afternoon, 8th April. Conference accommodation will be available on the evening of Friday 6th April and Saturday 7th April 2018. Durham University is easily accessible by train, with the department located a 15-20 minute walk from the station.

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 provided in one of the Durham colleges). Further details on the bursaries can be found here. Please note that the deadline for application for bursaries is Tuesday 6th March 2018.