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2018 Annual Meeting of the New Zealand Musicological Society: ‘Into the Unknown’

Posted: June 5th, 2018 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

30 November to 2 December, 2018

University of Canterbury School of Music, UC Arts at the Arts Centre, 3 Hereford Street, Christchurch.

A journey into the unknown is often a key component of the musicologist’s research process. It may involve the discovery and analysis of unexplored repertoire, probing of music’s role in distant cultures, or experimentation with new pedagogical techniques. It may include the use of new analytical or theoretical methods or interdisciplinary perspectives to shed new light on musical cultures and practices and musical works. Furthermore, the role of music itself can be pivotal in communities facing uncertainty and change. This conference examines the different ways in which music research can involve exploration of the unknown, and investigates the role of musical practices in communities and societies facing the unknown.

Topics related to the conference theme might include:

  • music in communities facing uncertainty and change
  • composition, improvisation, and the creation of new music as a journey into the unknown
  • editing and analysis of previously unknown or neglected repertoire
  • HIP and (re)creative performance as a means of rediscovering the past
  • musical performance and the unknown
  • new theoretical approaches to musicology and music studies
  • new fields of inquiry, including ecomusicology, ludomusicology, and sound studies
  • interdisciplinary perspectives in music research

Abstracts for papers will be considered on all aspects of music studies (not limited to the conference theme), including music history, music theory and analysis, ethnomusicology, composition, performance, popular music studies, sound studies, and music education.

Conference presentations may take the following forms:

  • Formal conference papers (20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for questions and discussion)
  • Interactive workshops (30 minutes)
  • Lecture recitals and demonstrations (20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for questions and discussion)
  • Panel sessions (90 minutes, up to three participants)

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent in PDF format to[email protected]. Proposals for panel sessions should include abstracts for individual papers (where applicable) as well as a proposal for the overall session.

The submitted file should have a filename as follows:


You should include a title, and up to five keywords beneath your abstract. As abstracts will be screened anonymously by the selection committee, please omit your name from the text of your document.

In the body of the email, you should your full name, status (academic staff, postgraduate student, independent scholar, etc.) and institutional affiliation where appropriate, and your home town and country.

Details for the student paper competition and keynote speakers will be announced shortly.

 The programme committee consists of the following:

Nancy November (University of Auckland)
Gregory Camp (University of Auckland)
Nick Braae (Waikato University)
Samantha Owens (Victoria University of Wellington)
Glenda Keam (University of Canterbury)
Francis Yapp (University of Canterbury)
Peter Adams (University of Otago)

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  1. 1 Amy Thomas said at 3:58 am on August 29th, 2018:


    My name is AMY THOMAS. I would like to come to the IASPM 2018 Annual Meeting of the New Zealand Musicological Society: ‘Into the Unknown’. I am a PHD student at Waikato Uni. I have only just started my PHD but I could give a short presentation on what I am studying which would fall under the focus category of ‘editing and analysis of previously unknown or neglected repertoire’. Could I have some details about how much it costs to come as I will have to apply for funding. Can I have someone’s email to liaise with please? I can become a member here on line I see so I will do that ;o)

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