April 13-14, 2023, University of Liverpool

The SMA’s annual Theory and Analysis Graduate Students (TAGS) Conference will be hosted by the Department of Music at University of Liverpool on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 April, 2023. 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.

Keynote Speakers:
Jennifer Iverson (Associate Professor, University of Chicago); Steven Rings (Associate Professor, University of Chicago).


Our keynote speakers will lead workshops on the following themes: designing for access and inclusion (Iverson) and book publishing in music theory (Rings).


Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers and lecture recitals (up to 30 minutes) addressing any analytical, critical, or theoretical subject and in relation to any style of music. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent using this form. Please address any queries to Kenneth Smith.

The closing date for receipt of proposals is 31st January 2023.

All those submitting proposals will be notified of the outcome by 15th February 2023.

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.