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Call for Papers:
Newcastle Music Analysis Conference (NewMAC 2022)
11–13 July 2022, Newcastle University

The SMA is pleased to confirm dates for the Newcastle Music Analysis Conference (NewMAC 2022), which will take place on Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 July 2022 at the International Centre for Music Studies, Newcastle University.

The programme committee invites proposals on any aspect of theory or analysis, relating to music of any genre, geographical region, and historical period. We are pleased to announce the following keynote presentations:

Prof. James Hepokoski (Yale University), ‘Ninety Seconds of Zarathustra.’
Dr Áine Heneghan (University of Michigan), ‘Metaphors of Musical Morphology: Recovering the Origins of Tight-knit and Loose Organization.’

Submission deadline for proposals: Sunday 6 March 2022, 23.59GMT

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 presentations 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 presentations 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 (please contact the organisers to discuss)

To aid the process of publishing abstracts we ask that proposals contain neither footnotes nor lists of references. In-text citations are acceptable. Proposals should not contain any diagrams or musical examples.

The conference is planned as an in-person event. Remote presentations will not be considered.
Submitting a proposal
To widen participation as much as possible, only one proposal of each type is permitted per applicant. Proposals should be sent by email to and should include two separate MS Word documents:

  1. The abstract(s). This file should be anonymised.
  2. Speaker biographical notes (max. 150 words for each speaker) including current affiliation.

Funding opportunities
A number of SMA bursaries are available to help cover the costs of travel and accommodation. For further details and to check eligibility, see

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

The conference is organised by the following committee members:

Dr Genevieve Arkle, University of Surrey
Prof. David Clarke, Newcastle University
Dr Ben Curry, University of Birmingham
Dr Christopher Tarrant, Newcastle University (chair)
Dr Sarah Moynihan, University of Manchester
Prof. Kenneth Smith, University of Liverpool
Dr Yvonne Teo, Durham University (conference administrator)
Dr Daniel Walden, Durham University