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American Musicological Society, Annual Conference
Kansas City, MO, November 1999


The 1999 annual meeting of the American Musicological Society will be held
in Kansas City, Missouri, from Thursday 4 November to Sunday 7 November.
The Program Committee welcomes proposals for papers, study sessions, and
panel discussions in all areas of musicology. Please read the following
guidelines carefully. Proposals that do not conform to them will not be

Abstracts of proposed papers, sessions, or discussions must be received by
15 January 1999. This year, for the first time, all persons submitting
abstracts are invited to do so by mail, fax, or e-mail. The relevant
addresses are as follows. Mail: Chair of the Program Committee, American
Musicological Society, 201 South 34th Street, Philadelphia PA 19104-6313,
USA; fax: +1-215/573-3673; e-mail: Abstracts of
papers must not exceed 250 words and, if mailed or faxed, must be printed
in a readable typeface (no smaller than 10 point) on one 8.5 x 11-inch
page, or on size A4 paper. At the bottom of the abstract should appear the
author’s name, institutional affiliation or city of residence, and full
return address, including e-mail address and fax number where possible.
Anonymous copies of each abstract will be reproduced for the committee,
whose initial reading and rating of the proposals will be made on the
basis of the anonymous abstracts. Only one submission per author will be
considered. Authors who read papers at the 1998 annual meeting may not
submit proposals for the 1999 meeting. 

Abstracts received by mail should include a self-addressed, stamped
postcard that can be returned as notification of the Committee’s receipt
of the proposal; all other authors will be notified of receipt via e-mail
or fax. 

Individual proposals.  

At the annual meeting in 1999, as has been the established practice for
several years, the duration of papers will be limited to twenty minutes in
order to allow ample time for discussion. Abstracts should represent the
talk as fully as possible. Successful abstracts typically state the
specific research findings, substantiate them, and indicate their
significance. Abstracts should make clear what is already known and what
is new in the proposal. The Program Committee generally will fault
abstracts that merely allude to findings or conclusions. (Abstracts are
confidential and may be revised for the booklet distributed at the
meeting.) If a submission is not an individual proposal, it should be
labeled as belonging to one of the categories discussed below. 

Formal sessions. 

Several individuals together may propose an entire formal session
consisting of four twenty-minute papers, or a half session of two
twenty-minute papers, devoted to a single topic. The organizer should set
out the rationale for the session, explaining the importance of the topic
and the proposed grouping of papers, in a 250-word cover letter, and
should include with this an abstract for each paper, conforming to the
guidelines for individual proposals stated above. However, each abstract
will be evaluated individually, and the Program Committee reserves the
right to reconfigure the makeup of any session proposed under these
guidelines, or to accept as an individual proposal one or more of the
papers belonging to it. 

Panel discussions. 

The Program Committee also invites proposals for more informal panel
discussions devoted to issues of general interest that are amenable to an
exchange of ideas in a public forum. These sessions may examine a central
body of scholarly work or a methodological theme. Rather than formal
papers, they should include brief position papers by the participants of
not more than 10 minutes each and leave ample time for discussion by
panelists and audience. Panel discussions will be scheduled for the same
duration of time as full or half sessions of papers. Organizers of panel
discussions should submit the names of all panelists in a one-page
prospectus that outlines the issues, clarifies the rationale behind the
proposal, and explains why each panelist has been chosen. Such a proposal
will, therefore, not be vetted anonymously, and the entire proposal will
only be considered as a whole, with no substitutions or deletions by the
Program Committee. Organizers of panel discussions may not also present a
formal paper in the same year or in the preceding one, but panelists may. 

Study sessions. 

Study sessions will be scheduled during the evenings. Typically, these
sessions should be devoted to research in progress and should not include
formal papers. The organizer of a study session should submit a general
prospectus with summaries of the individual contributions or a description
of the activities envisioned. Nothing originally proposed for a day
session will be reassigned or accepted as an evening session. 

Conference website.

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