Call for Papers:
Southampton Music Analysis Conference (SotonMAC 2019)

29–31 July 2019, University of Southampton

The Southampton Music Analysis Conference (SotonMAC 2019), sponsored by the Society for Music Analysis (SMA), will take place on Monday 29 to Wednesday 31 July 2019 at the University of Southampton. This year the conference is unthemed; we welcome paper proposals on any aspect of theory or analysis, relating to music of any genre and historical period. The keynote speakerwill be Professor Suzannah Clark (Harvard University), whose address will be entitled ‘Two Lessons in the Hermeneutics of Tonal Spaces’.

The conference will be preceded on 27–28 July 2019 by the Music Analysis Summer School for postgraduate students and early-career scholars; a separate call for participants for the Summer School will be issued in early 2019.

Submission deadline for proposals: Sunday 20 January 2019

Proposal categories

  • Papers (20 minutes maximum, with 10 minutes for discussion)
  • Paper sessions (three or four papers, each of 20 minutes maximum, with 10 minutes per paper for discussion)
  • Roundtable discussions (up to 5 participants, each giving a short position paper, followed by a general discussion, total running time of 90 minutes)
  • Recitals, lecture-recitals and lectures illustrated by sound diffusions or audio-visual screenings (maximum duration 45 minutes, or longer with the agreement of the organisers, subject to timetabling)


Proposal guidelines

  • For individual papers: 250-word (maximum) abstract
  • For paper sessions: 250-word (maximum) summary and up to 250 words for each session participant
  • For roundtable discussions: 250-word (maximum) summary and up to 150 words for each panel participant
  • For recitals, lecture-recitals and lectures illustrated by sound diffusions or audio-visual screenings: 250-word (maximum) summary, plus participant CVs and recordings / scores / other details of works to be included in the event (contact the organisers to discuss)


Further information for applicants

  • To widen participation as much as possible, only one proposal of each type is permitted per applicant
  • Proposals must be sent by email as a MS Word or pdf attachment to
  • Proposals need not be anonymised
  • Student members and individuals without access to institutional funds are eligible to apply for an SMA Travel Bursary to help cover the costs of travel and accommodation. Further details can be found at Please note that the application deadline for bursaries is 3 June 2019.
  • Delegates are also welcome to apply to our Development Fund Scheme to cover the cost of attending. For further details, see There is no deadline for this fund, but retrospective applications will not be considered
  • All enquiries should be sent to the organisers at


Programme Committee

Chair: Dr David Bretherton (University of Southampton)

Secretary: Dr Amy Williamson (University of Southampton)

Dr Chloe Alaghband-Zadeh (University of Manchester)
Professor Amanda Bayley (Bath Spa University)
Professor William Drabkin (University of Southampton)
Dr Nicole Grimes (University of California, Irvine)
Professor Julian Horton (University of Durham)
Dr Anne Hyland (University of Manchester)
Dr Thomas Irvine (University of Southampton)
Dr Shay Loya (City, University of London)
Dr Kenneth Smith (University of Liverpool)
Dr Danielle Sofer (Maynooth University)