RMA 56th Annual Conference, Goldsmiths, 8-10 September 2020

The 56th Annual Conference of the Royal Musical Association will be hosted by Goldsmiths, University of London, between Tuesday 8th and Thursday 10th September 2020. The conference seeks to explore and celebrate the quality and diversity of current scholarship in music, understood in its broadest sense and represented by its many branches and global aspects. As such, the committee invites a broad range of types of proposals and seeks to represent work in musicology including popular musicology and ethnomusicology, composition and performance including sonic arts, and practice research across all disciplines. Presentations representing the full range of current international scholarly and creative research in music are invited in the following formats:

  • Individual Papers (20 minutes)
  • Themed sessions of 3–4 papers (90 minutes)
  • Lecture-recitals (30 minutes)
  • Ethnographic, Documentary and Research-related Film (30 minutes)
  • Poster presentations
  • Practice research workshops (90 minutes)
  • Compositions suitable for workshop at the conference
  • Sonic Art works

The Programme Committee welcomes proposals from both established scholars and practitioners and from early-career researchers. Any individual may submit one proposal; RMA membership is not a prerequisite for submission.

The programme committee expects individual papers to address new findings. Please state if you expect to have presented essentially the same paper on a previous occasion. The committee is happy to consider proposals for papers delivered beyond the UK and Ireland within the 12 months preceding the Annual Conference and those that have been rehearsed to local audiences (e.g. at research seminars and similar events). Papers delivered at national meetings in the UK and Ireland (e.g. at meetings of other musical societies and RMA affiliated conferences) and those delivered anywhere more than 12 months ago, however, are not eligible for consideration. In particular the committee does not accept proposals that have or will have been presented already at the BFE-RMA Research Students Conference. In addition, where very many proposals are received, preference may be shown for submissions from those who did not present papers at the last annual conference. Please enquire if in doubt.

Submission Procedures

All proposals must be submitted via the online proposal submission form by 5 p.m. (GMT) on Friday 15th November 2019.

For more information about what and how to submit, please visit the conference website.