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SMA Theory and Analysis Graduate Students Conference

Posted: March 1st, 2020 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

25th and 26th April 2020
City, University of London

*Submissions very welcome from ethnomusicologists*

The Society for Music Analysis’s annual Theory and Analysis Graduate Students (TAGS) Conference will be hosted by the Department of Music at City University on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 April, 2020. 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, Michiel Schuijer, is a distinguished music analyst, known in particular for his 2008 book Analyzing Atonal Music: Pitch-Class Set Theory and its Contexts. He is Head of the Department of Composition, Conducting, and Music Theory at the Amsterdam Conservatory, where he also runs the Research Programme, and was editor of the Dutch Journal of Music Theory for 15 years. His speech will focus in part on the pedagogical dimensions of post-tonal theory.

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers, themed sessions (60-90 minutes), and lecture recitals (up to 40 minutes) 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 Twentieth-century Music;
  • Formenlehre and 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;
  • Analysis and Performance;
  • Semiotics and Topic Theory;

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 or lecture recitals, abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent by email to Dr Ian Pace at [email protected] . Themed sessions should include abstracts of no more than 250 words for each paper, and 150 words on the session as a whole. Please include the following for all speakers/participants: 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 15 March 2020.

All those submitting proposals will be notified of the outcome by 22 March 2020.

Delegates will be invited to register from the morning of Saturday, 25 April, and the conference will run all-day Saturday and until Sunday afternoon, 26 April. The address of the conference is: College Building, City, University of London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB (entrance via Northampton Square).

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 at


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