Department of Music, University of Edinburgh
Saturday 13thand Sunday 14thApril 2019

Deadline for proposals: 22ndFebruary 2019

Keynote Speaker: Catherine Bradley (University of Oslo)

Student travel bursaries available.

The SMA’s annual Theory and Analysis Graduate Students (TAGS) Conference will be hosted by the Department of Music at University of Edinburgh on Saturday 13thand Sunday 14thApril, 2019. 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 very welcome to attend.

Our keynote speaker, Catherine Bradley (University of Oslo), is Associate Professor at the Department of Musicology, and author ofPolyphony in Medieval Paris: The Art of Composing with Plainchant (Cambridge University Press, 2018), which challenges traditional evolutionary narratives of the genre of the motet though close analytical engagement with surviving musical evidence.

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. These can include, but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Analysis of Early Music;
  • Formenlehreand 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 Atonal/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 Dr Kenneth Smith 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 instrumental of A/V requirements in their cover sheet.

The closing date for receipt of proposals is 22ndFebruary 2019.

All those submitting proposals will be notified of the outcome by early March 2019.

Delegates will be invited to register from the morning of Saturday, 13thApril, and the conference will run all-day Saturday and until Sunday afternoon, 14thApril. The address of the conference is:University of Edinburgh, Reid School of Music, Alison House, 12 Nicolson Sq., Edinburgh EH8 9DF.  

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. Further details on the bursaries can be found here.