Department of Music

EthNoise!: Approaches to Analysis and Music Theories in Ethnomusicology
Chicago, May 2004


"Approaches to Analysis and Music Theories in Ethnomusicology"

EthNoise! The Ethnomusicology Workshop at the University of Chicago's 3rd Annual
University of Chicago
21-22 May 2004

The Keynote will be delivered by Prof. Harris Berger (Texas A&M) on Friday evening. 

Submission deadlines: 2 April or electronic submissions by 9 April


The coordinators of EthNoise! The Ethnomusicology Workshop at the University of
Chicago invite submissions for this year's annual conference "Approaches to Analysis
and Music Theories in Ethnomusicology".  Analysis of musical performance has been a
unique and particular problem for ethnomusicologists, in that most approaches and
methodologies highlight specific musical materials or processes while marginalizing
others.  This conference will seek to address the ways that those who study music
have dealt with this problem.  Submissions will be welcomed from scholars in any
related discipline.  Some topics might include:

Phenomenological Examinations of the Musical Performance
Transcription, Notation, and Musical Texts
Analysis of Dance 
Field Notes and the Process of Analyzing in Real Time
Contexts for Performance, Contexts for Analysis
Applications of Local Music Theories and their Implications on the Academy
Western Music Theory and Ethnomusicology

Other related topics are of course welcome and will be considered.  Abstracts must
not exceed 500 words.  Presentations will be allowed a thirty minute time slot;
therefore, papers should be about twenty minutes in length, allowing time for a brief
introduction and follow-up questions.


Submissions via email are preferred.  Electronic submissions will only be accepted in
common electronic formats (.doc, .rtf or .pdf).  Be sure to include relevant
information (name, contact info, institutional affiliation, title of paper) in the
email but on the abstract itself; this ensures anonymous evaluations.

Submissions via mail are also accepted.  Please send three copies of your abstract,
omitting your name (or any other identifying marks), along with a cover letter
providing your relevant information to:

Donald James
University of Chicago
Goodspeed Hall
1010 E. 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637     

Proposals must be postmarked no later than Friday, 2 April 2004.  
Email must be received no later than Friday, 9 April 2004.

If you have any questions, please contact Donald James ( or
Jaime Jones (

Donald James
Graduate Student -- Ethnomusicology/Jazz Studies
University of Chicago