SysMus15 – 8th International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology

17th – 19th September, 2015
Keynotes: Dr. Daniela Sammler (Max-Planck-Institute for Human
Cognitive and Brain Studies, Leipzig)
Prof. Matthias Vogel (University of Gießen)
Prof. Eric Clarke (University of Oxford)
Scientific Supervision: Prof. Sebastian Klotz
Direction: Laura Neumann
The Institut für Musikwissenschaft at Universität Leipzig
(Germany) will host the International Conference of Students of
Systematic Musicology (SysMus), from 17th to 19th September, 2015.
The SysMus conferences are annual, student-run events
designed to allow advanced students in the field of systematic
musicology – particularly those studying for PhDs or completing
Masters’ degrees – to meet and discuss their research.
Systematic musicology embraces a wide and diverse mix of
epistemologies and methodologies from science and humanities in
order to study the phenomenon of music in its general rather than
specific manifestations.
Co-founded by Manuela Marin and Richard Parncutt in 2008, the
SysMus conferences have been organized at different venues across
the world (including Austria, Belgium, Germany, Canada, Italy, and
the UK) and internationally renowned researchers working in various
subfields of systematic musicology have attended SysMus as keynote
More details on past and future SysMus conferences can be found on
Researchers are invited to submit proposals for oral or poster
presentations in English. We also welcome panels gathering 3 to 4
speakers (max.) to present their research addressing one single
Besides an abstract (c. 300 words), a separate, small
biographical note (c. 150 words) is requested. The individual talks
should not exceed 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion.
When applying for a panel presentation, the title, the name of
the organizer and an abstract related to the panel (c. 300 words)
should be included, followed by the individual abstracts and
biographical notes of the panel members.
Only one proposal per person is allowed and all must be send in
PDF to Please, specify if you are applying
for an oral, poster or panel presentation and include your full name,
institutional affiliation, postal address and telephone number in the email.
DO NOT mention your name on your abstract submission, as
they will be subject to a blind peer-review procedure, conducted by
the Scientific Committee.
Important Dates
– The submission deadline is the 30th of April
– Notification of acceptance will be announced individually by
email on the 30th of June.
– Early registration for SysMus 2015 closes after the 31st of July
Proposed themes
Submissions on the following topics complementing and expanding
experimental and empirical music research are particularly welcome:
– Audio cultures in a systematic perspective
– The cultural practice of musical instruments and music software
– Music and social cognition
– The ecology of music
– Music and mediation
– Systematic epistemologies of music
– Musical knowledge systems in a systematic perspective
– Music and the theory of social systems
More details on the conference, venue and registration will be
announced on the website
We are looking forward to welcoming you to Leipzig in September!

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