2017 Biennial Conference of the Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group

6th Conference of the Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group

13-14 July 2017

King’s College London

Closing date for submissions: Thursday 8 December 2016


Keynote speakers:

Martha Feldman (Department of Music, University of Chicago) and Jerrold Levinson (Department of Philosophy, University of Maryland)

Read more about each of the speakers here.

We are delighted to open the Call for Papers to Free Sessions at the two-day international conference, to be held in London on 13-14 July 2017. The event will offer an opportunity for those with an interest in music and philosophy to share and discuss work, in the hope of furthering dialogue in this area. Departing from the practice in previous years, this year will feature three types of session: Associates Sessions, Themed Sessions and Free Sessions.  More information on Associates and Themed Sessions is available here.

For Free Sessions, we invite proposals for papers on any topic relating to music and philosophy. The conference presumes inclusive definitions of both music and philosophy. We take music to include all forms and genres of music, art music and popular, secular and sacred, raucous and refined, from any and all historical and geographical locales. We take philosophy to include analytic, continental, classical, and non-Western thought, as well as critical theory. Regardless of disciplinary affiliation, the committee seeks conceptually rigorous and clearly articulated research that presents a novel argument and advances understanding of its topic.

Collaboration between persons from different disciplines (including music studies, philosophy, performance, composition, psychology, history, literary studies, art history, anthropology, and others) are especially welcome.

Proposals are invited for:

  • individual papers (20 minutes) – up to 350 words
  • collaborative papers (up to 30 minutes) – up to 500 words
  • paper sessions of three or four individual (20-minute) papers addressing a single topic – up to 350 words per paper plus 350 words outlining the rationale for the session (please note, these are different from Themed Sessions, for which the Call for Papers has closed)
  • Lecture recitals (30 minutes) – up to 350 words

Please submit proposals by email in a Word document attachment to:


The deadline for proposals is Thursday 8 December 2016.


All paper submissions will be considered by the programme committee:

  • Dr Jeremy Coleman (University of Aberdeen)
  • Dr Andrew Huddleston (Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Professor Julian Johnson (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Professor Derek Matravers (Open University)
  • Dr Tomas McAuley (University of Cambridge)
  • Dr Nanette Nielsen (University of Oslo)
  • Dr Hannah Templeton (King’s College London)
  • Oren Vinogradov (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Reasonably priced university accommodation will be available.

The Free Sessions Call for Papers may also be consulted in full here.

[original CFP follows]

Conference dates: 13-14 July 2017


Strand Campus, King’s College London

With the move to biennial conferences, we have changed the overall format in order to continue our mission to maximise diversity and inclusivity, whilst upholding the highest scholarly standards. With that in mind, we hope that the following information will be of interest, and that you will consider the possibility of hosting an Associates or Themed session, or, in due course, of submitting a paper proposal.

The 2017 RMA MPSG Conference will feature three types of session:

  • Associates sessions will be hosted by other organisations with related interests;
  • Themed sessions will be organised by individual session convenors, who will issue a call for papers on a specific topic, and select papers themselves (in conjunction with the central programme committee);
  • Free sessions will consist of papers submitted to an open, unthemed, call for papers.

In addition to these sessions, there will be two plenary debates with invited speakers, one at the start of the conference and one at its close. All other conference time will be devoted to Associates, Themed, and Free sessions.

For further information on the various session types and for guidelines to submitting a proposal, please visit the page on our website http://www.musicandphilosophy.ac.uk/mpsg2017/, where you may also subscribe to our E-Newsletter.  To keep up to date with smaller announcements and news, please ‘like’ our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/rmampsg and follow us on Twitter https://www.twitter.com/RMA_MPSG.