IAML/IMS New York 2015 “Music Research in the Digital Age”

Inter-congressional Symposium of the International Musicological Society

The Programme Committees of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentations Centres (IAML) and the International Musicological Society (IMS) are pleased to announce the calls for papers for the joint IAML/IMS Congress to be held in New York, 21–26 June 2015.


Call for papers – IAML/IMS New York 2015 “Music Research in the DigitalAge”


Deadline: November 1, 2014

“Music Research in the Digital Age,” the theme of our joint New York conference with IAML, not only focuses attention on the past, present, and future of digital musicology, but also evokes a long tradition of cooperation between the International Musicological Society and the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centers. The conference will include a celebration of RILM’s 50th anniversary. RILM’s Editor-in-Chief, Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie, is President of IAML and Director of the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation at the Graduate Center, CUNY. The vast legacy of Barry S. Brook, founder of RILM (1965) and co-founder of RIdIM (1971), IAML President (1977–1980), and already a pioneer in computer applications to musicology in the 1960s, stands as a symbol of the symbiotic relationship between musicology and music librarianship that has driven the work of many scholars before and since his time. Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie; Jane Gottlieb, Vice President for Library and Information Resources, Graduate Studies, The Juilliard School; and Jim Cassaro, Head, Theodore M. Finney Music Library, University of Pittsburgh, are co-chairs of the overall Organizing Committee. Stanislaw Hrabia, Music Librarian in the Department of Music at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, is the chair of IAML’s Program Committee; Malena Kuss, Professor Emeritus of Musicology, University of North Texas, Denton, and IMS Vice-President, is chair of the IMS Program Committee. Both IMS and IAML program committees will collaborate to create joint sessions.

The IMS Program Committee invites papers on digital musicology, links between musicology and librarianship, and, in general, on the impact of technology on musical culture and musicological research. “Music Research in the Digital Age,” broadly defined, should not only focus on digitized resources and how connectivity can remap scholarly disciplines, but also represent both reflections on the meta-discourse generated by this connectivity and the diversity of conceptual frameworks that inform the practice of musicology in the intercultural age.

Paper presentations are limited to 30 minutes (including questions and discussion). Proposals can be submitted in one of the five official languages of IMS, namely English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish.

Deadline for submission of proposals is November 1, 2014. Proposals should be sent to Malena Kuss, Chair, IMS Program Committee, at malena.kuss@gmail.com.

Participants will be notified on December 20, 2014. After the evaluation process has been completed, participants will receive information on the availability of financial support.

Proposals should include:

  • Title of paper or presentation;
  • Abstract of proposed content (not to exceed 400 words);
  • Brief CV (approximately 100 words in length); and
  • Contact information (up to two participants may be entered)
    • Surname
    • First name
    • Email address
    • Institutional affiliation and position
    • Town/City/Country
    • Member of IMS?
  • Technical equipment requirements

Please note that the following standard equipment will be provided:

  1. PC running a recent version of MS PowerPoint and connected to a data projector;
  2. Internet connections available in all rooms; and
  3. Audio/video playback from CD/DVD/audio file.
  4. Own laptop connection possible (also Mac).

Call for posters – IAML/IMS New York 2015 “Music Research in the Digital Age”


Deadline: November 1, 2014

An alternative approach to the presentation of projects will be available for conference participants. An area on the conference premises has been designated for the presentation of information regarding specific projects or activities of interest to librarians and musicologists.

Parameters for presentation:

Poster sessions will convey the subject using a combination of graphics and narrative text attached to a poster board together with relevant handouts. Applications requiring an internet connection are not encouraged, given that data connections will not be available. A table for handouts, business cards, and sign-up sheets will be provided if required. The presenter(s) must be in attendance throughout the designated time to answer questions and elaborate on the presentation’s topic. Posters may be presented in any of the IMS official languages: English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

Guidelines for submission:

Deadline for submission of proposals is November 1, 2014. Proposals should be sent to Malena Kuss, Chair, IMS Program Committee, at malena.kuss@gmail.com.

Participants will be notified on December 20, 2014. Submissions will be evaluated by the IAML/IMS Program Committees. Authors of the selected posters will receive detailed guidelines concerning effective preparation, presentation, and relevant dimensions.

IMS: http://www.ims-online.ch
IAML: http://www.iaml.info/