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In association with Cardiff Univerfsity and the journal Music Analysis (Blackwell Publishers) the international conference of the Society of Music Analysis will take place at the School of Music, Cardiff University from Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 September 2008.  The keynote speaker will be Rose Rosengard Subotnik (Brown University).

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers involving the analysis of any musical repertory or relating to any aspect of the disciplines of music theory or analysis, their methodological foundations and cultural contexts. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be addressed to Dr Charles Wilson, Conference Director, CarMAC 2008, School of Music, Cardiff University, 31 Corbett Road, Cardiff, CF10 3EB, United Kingdom or sent by email to CarMAC@Cardiff.ac.uk.

Intending delegates wishing to be entered for the Music Analysis 25th Anniversary competition (offering a guaranteed publication opportunity for the best graduate student paper) should indicate their willingness to be considered when submitting their initial abstract.  Final adjudication will be made by the Music Analysis editors on the basis of completed papers received in August 2008.

The DEADLINE for receipt of CarMAC proposals is Friday 28 March 2008. The programme committee will communicate its decision by the end of April.

In addition to the open sessions, the conference will incorporate a number of themed panels including:

Composing Globalization (convenor: Björn Heile, Sussex University)
Phenomenological Approaches to the Music of Elliott Carter (convenor: Arved Ashby, Ohio State U.)
Music Theory in Cross-Cultural Context (convenor: John O’Connell, Cardiff University)

The conference will include concerts by the London Contemporary Music Group and the Gould Piano Trio (with clarinettist Robert Plane). 

This is a residential conference. University accommodation will be available for booking from May 2008. Cardiff offers a wide range of hotels and guest houses.

Programme Committee: Suzannah Clark (Oxford University), Kenneth Gloag (Cardiff University), Michael Spitzer (President, SMA), Alan Street (Editor, Music Analysis), Charles Wilson (Conference Director)

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