Department of Music

Eighth International Conference on Music Perception & Cognition (ICMPC8)
Evanston, IL, August 2004

CALL FOR PAPERS 8th International Conference on Music Perception & Cognition (ICMPC8) Evanston, IL, August 3-7, 2004 Northwestern University School of Music USA
ICMPC8 is the world conference on music psychology and related disciplines. For more details about the conference, point your web browser to the ICMPC8 conference web site (http://www.northwestern.edu/icmpc/). For general information about the conference mission and past conferences, visit the general ICMPC web site (http://www.icmpc.org/). The 2004 Evanston conference follows meetings of the music perception and cognition research community in Kyoto, Japan (1989); Los Angeles, USA (1992); Liège, Belgium (1994); Montréal, Canada (1996); Seoul, South Korea (1998); Keele, UK (2000); and Sydney, Australia (2002). ICMPC8 will be sponsored by the Society for Music Perception and Cognition and hosted by the Northwestern University School of Music. The venue for ICMPC8 is the School of Music at Northwestern University (http://music.northwestern.edu). In view from the conference site are the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline and downtown Chicago, with its vibrant cultural life and many musical opportunities. Conference Aims The focus of ICMPC8 is interdisciplinary discussion and dissemination of new, unpublished research relating to the field of music perception and cognition. The conference will have relevance for university and industry researchers and graduate students working in psychology, music theory and composition, psychophysics, music performance, music education, music therapy and music medicine, neurophysiology, ethnomusicology, developmental psychology, linguistics, artificial intelligence, computer technology, and other related fields of inquiry. ICMPC Organizing Committee Scott Lipscomb, Chair Richard Ashley, Robert Gjerdingen, & Peter Webster, co-organizers ICMPC Advisory Board (Society Presidents & Past Conference Organizers) Richard Ashley -- Eugenia Costa-Giomi -- Irène Deliège -- Roger Kendall -- Sonoko Kuwano -- Isabel Martinez -- Susan O'Neill -- Kengo Ohgushi -- Bruce Pennycook -- Andrzej Rakowski -- John Sloboda -- Kate Stevens -- Suk Won Yi PAPER SUBMISSION Submissions are invited for: 1. Spoken papers 2. Poster presentations 3. Demonstrations 4. Symposia The deadline for submissions to ICMPC8 is December 15, 2003. The conference language is English and spoken papers, posters, conference proceedings, and publications will all be in English. Spoken papers, constituting the bulk of the program, will be allocated 30 minutes, consisting of 20 minutes for presentation, 5 minutes for questions & discussion, and 5 minutes for preparatory set-up for the following presentation. Full text of papers will be available on the CD-ROM Proceedings for the conference. Poster presentations and demonstrations will appear in the conference program, abstract book, and proceedings and will be assigned to designated times in the conference schedule. Depending on subject and/or content, it may be more appropriate to submit an abstract as a poster for visual presentation rather than as a 20-minute spoken presentation. In general, the sorts of papers which are most effective as posters are those in which the major conclusions become evident from the thoughtful examination of charts and graphs, rather than those which require the audience to follow a sustained chain of verbal argumentation. Therefore, authors will want to make points in narrative form as brief as possible. The poster paper is able to "stand alone;" that is, be understandable even if the author is not present and does not typically require audiovisual support. For demonstrations of software or equipment, authors will be responsible for ensuring that the necessary equipment is available, and their submission should include a full description of the equipment and facilities required. Specific information about poster dimensions and other requirements will be communicated to authors of accepted poster presentations in the acceptance letter. Symposia will consist of a set of integrated spoken papers related to a theme. The total time allowed for a symposium will be 90 minutes to two hours, consisting of three to four 25-minute papers and a discussion (although variations will be considered). Symposium convenors are asked to coordinate submission of papers -- including an abstract for the entire symposium -- stating the rationale for the topic, the aims of the symposium, and the set of speakers proposed (see detailed submission information below). A discussant may also be proposed. Submission Procedure All submissions for spoken papers, posters, demonstration papers, and symposia must include a submission form and a structured abstract OR four-page paper that conforms to the instructions below. 1. Submission Form A separate form should accompany each submission and include the full contact details for the first author (full name, affiliation, full postal address, email address, phone number, and FAX number) and name & affiliation for all secondary authors. Authors should also indicate on the submission form a general topic area under which the paper might be grouped. The chosen topic area can be selected from the list below or a new topic area may be proposed. Suggested Topic Areas Absolute pitch Aesthetic perception and response Computational models Emotion in music Ethnomusicology Memory and music Music and neuroscience Music development Music education Music, meaning, and language Music performance Perception and psychophysics Rhythm, meter, and timing The submission form can be downloaded from the conference web site or a paper copy can be requested by writing to Scott Lipscomb at: ICMPC8, Northwestern University School of Music, 711 Elgin Road, Evanston, IL, 60208, USA. Alternatively, you can send an email message to lipscomb@northwestern.edu, providing your full postal address and FAX number. All submissions should be typed. Either structured abstracts (250-500 words in length) or papers up to four pages in length can be submitted for possible inclusion in ICMPC8. Abstracts and papers will be evaluated using a blind peer review process. The Conference Proceedings will distinguish between those papers that were reviewed and accepted on the basis of a structured abstract and those for which the full paper was reviewed. Submissions are often rejected because they omit crucial information rather than because of errors in what they include. To minimize the possibility of such omission, please follow the guidelines presented below exactly. 2a. Structured Abstract Guidelines * Abstracts must be between 250 and 500 words in length, typed, and should not include references. * Abstracts should begin with a title in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS and the appropriate topic area (see list above). Do not put author name(s) anywhere on the abstract page. Names should appear only on the Submission Form, available from the conference web site. * Abstracts should be structured with headings. o For empirical papers, the headings should include 1. Background 2. Aims 3. Method 4. Results 5. Conclusions. 6. Topic Areas. o For theoretical/review papers, headings should include 1. Background 2. Aims 3. Main Contribution 4. Implications. 5. Topic Areas. * Authors should indicate at the bottom of each abstract up to five keywords, specifying the most important topics or content of the paper. Keywords will be used to assist in reviewing and streaming of papers. Also at the bottom of the abstract, please provide the word count. 2b. Four-Page Paper Paper submissions (up to four pages in length) are required for researchers who wish to submit a more detailed document for review. The structure of the four-page paper is to be the same as the structured abstract but with the inclusion of additional detail in each section. * The four-page paper should be typed and include complete references. * Full papers should begin with a title in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS and the appropriate topic area (see list above). Do not put author name(s) anywhere in the document. Names should appear only on the Submission Form, available from the conference web site. * Full papers should be structured with headings. o For empirical papers, the headings should include 1. Background 2. Aims 3. Method 4. Results 5. Conclusions. 6. Topic Areas. o For theoretical/review papers, headings should include 1. Background 2. Aims 3. Main Contribution 4. Implications. 5. Topic Areas. * Authors should indicate at the bottom of each paper up to five keywords specifying the most important topics or content of the paper. Keywords will be used to assist in reviewing and streaming of papers. Abstracts and papers that do not conform to the format guidelines stated above may be returned to the author without being evaluated. A short abstract, intended for publication in the conference Booklet of Abstracts, will be requested from all authors of accepted papers. Specific instructions for the transmittal of this abstract will be included in the acceptance letters. It is important that these instructions, including the stated deadlines, be observed to facilitate creation of the final conference program. 3. Symposia Sessions Organized symposia sessions typically involve more than one scholar and are expected to make a distinctive and creative contribution to the meeting. Symposia will consist of a set of integrated spoken papers related to a theme and will be allotted either a 90-minute or 2 hour time slot, typically consisting of three to four 25-minute papers followed by a discussion (although alternative formats will be considered). Proposals for organized sessions are not reviewed anonymously. These sessions may be: * symposia that include several presentations on a single topic * workshops focused on a specific theme or issue * tutorials that give intensive instruction in some subfield of music perception and cognition or a related field * colloquia that include a major presentation with one or more invited discussants * sessions of any other kind with a clear, specific, and coherent rationale The session organizer(s) must supply all information requested on the Submission Form, available from the conference web site. In addition, the organizer(s) must submit the following supporting materials: A detailed proposal (typically 2-5 pages), including: o a 250 to 500 word general description of the organized session that includes the purpose, motivation, length (1½ to 2 hours), and justification for the session for publication in the Conference Proceedings o the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all participants; including discussants, if applicable o a complete account, including timetable, of each participant's role in the symposium o a 250 to 500 word structured abstracts for each participant's presentation; also, for publication in the Conference Proceedings * The Program Committee reserves the right to select from the proposed participants and discussants. * All symposium participants must have agreed to attend the conference and participate in the session prior to submission of the proposal. Funding. The Program Committee does not have funds for organized sessions. If special funds are required, it is the responsibility of the symposium organizer(s) to seek and obtain them. When submitting the proposal to the Program Committee, the organizer(s) should state whether or not special funds are necessary. If so, the funding source should be identified, with an indication of what alternatives will be pursued if special funds fail to materialize. General Requirements * After a structured abstract or four-page paper has been submitted, no changes of author, affiliation, title, or wording of the abstract, other than those due to typographical errors, are permitted. * Papers must be delivered as projected in the abstract or represent bona fide developments of the same research. * Handouts, if any, are not to be submitted with abstracts, but should be available at the meeting for those attending the presentation. * Spoken papers, posters, conference proceedings and publications will be in English. * All presenters are required to register for the conference. Refereeing and the Conference Publication Submissions for paper presentations (both structured abstract and full paper submissions), poster presentations, and demonstrations will be blind-reviewed by members of the ICMPC8 Scientific Committee assisted by the Scientific Advisory Board. Proposals for organized sessions are not reviewed anonymously. Accepted submissions will be published in the Conference Proceedings. In an effort to keep costs manageable and for ease of distribution, the Conference Proceedings will be produced as a CD-ROM, complete with ISBN. Details of the procedure and format for submitting final papers will be provided when authors receive notification of acceptance. All registered attendees will receive one copy of the CD-ROM Proceedings and may purchase additional copies for a nominal fee. Deadlines Structured Abstracts and Four-Page Paper submissions for ICMPC8 must be received by December 1, 2003. Notification of acceptance will be made by January 15, 2004 and revised and final papers for inclusion in the Proceedings will be due March 31, 2003. Where to Send Submissions Authors with internet access are strongly encouraged to send submissions via electronic mail to lipscomb@northwestern.edu, stating "ICMPC8 submission" in the "Subject" field. To facilitate the review process, submissions should be in one of the following document formats: rich text format (RTF), Microsoft Word (DOC), or Adobe Acrobat (PDF). If it is not possible to submit electronic versions of the documents, hard copies can be sent via postal service or FAX to: Scott Lipscomb, ICMPC8 Northwestern University School of Music 711 Elgin Road Evanston, IL 60208 USA FAX: +1-(847) 491-5260 Back to Index of Conferences
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