Society for Musicology in Ireland: 18th Annual Plenary Conference

18th Annual Plenary Conference: 25-27 June 2020

Hosted by the School of Music, University College Dublin.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Julian Johnson, Royal Holloway, University of London

The Annual Plenary Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (SMI) has, over
the past several years, become very well-known as an exceptionally welcoming and
friendly occasion of scholarly deliberation on music. In 2020, the conference will be
hosted by the School of Music, University College Dublin. In the spirit of previous
conferences, we warmly invite papers from scholars across the global musicological
community to share their work in what promises to be a lively gathering of specialists in
historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory and analysis, sonic arts,
performance research, popular music, the sociology of music, aesthetics, the philosophy
and politics of music and cultural history. We encourage proposals not only from
members of the SMI but from scholars everywhere who would like to present their work
in a positive and constructive forum.

Proposals for contributions are invited in four formats: (a) twenty-minute papers on any
aspect of musicological research (b) themed panels of three to four twenty-minute papers
(c) poster sessions comprising up to six short (ten-minute) presentations followed by a
general debate (d) thirty-minute lecture-recitals.
Themed panel sessions may include (but are not limited to) ‘musicology and difference’;
‘musicology and contemporary Europe’; ‘musicology and the digital humanities’;
‘musicology and globalisation’. Prospective organisers of panel and poster sessions are
encouraged to suggest topics entirely independent of these themes, which are nominated
here merely as a stimulus.

Please send proposals to by 31 January 2020.
Please include an abstract of no more than 250 words in a word-compatible format or (in
the case of panel or poster-session proposals), an outline of no more than 250 words of
the topic(s) to be addressed and a list of potential speakers. Where relevant, please
indicate an institutional affiliation.

Details are available here:

The programme committee for SMI 2020 includes Dr Laura Anderson (UCD), Dr Joe
Davies (Maynooth), Dr Wolfgang Marx (UCD), Dr Tomás McAuley (UCD), and
Professor Harry White (UCD).

The co-secretaries of the organizing committee are Anika Babel and Eoghan Corrigan, to
whom all enquiries should be addressed at the email given above.

SMI/ICTM-IE Annual Postgraduate Conference

Joint ICTM-IE/SMI Annual Postgraduate Conference 2020
17 – 18 January 2020

Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland
Call for Papers
Extended Deadline: Friday 8 November 2019

The Society for Musicology in Ireland and the Irish National Committee of the International Council for Traditional Music are pleased to announce a joint postgraduate conference to take place at the University of Limerick on and Friday 17 and Saturday 18 January 2020.

The conference will feature a keynote address from Professor Philip Bohlman, “Lifted Up from the Earth at the Very Moment of Death”: The Border, the Wall, and the Musical Topography of Migration Crisis.

The conference committee would like to invite postgraduates working in all areas of musical research to submit proposals for conference papers. Speakers will be given 20 minutes for their paper, followed by a 10-minute discussion. Areas of research include, but are not limited to, traditional music, historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory and analysis, music technology, music pedagogy, popular music studies, arts practice, psychology of music and music and gender. In addition to the traditional paper sessions, there will also be a Careers Forum on the Saturday as part of the conference. Master’s students are also welcome to share their work in progress in a 10-minute presentation.

To submit a proposal, please send an email attachment (.doc or .docx, not .pdf) on or before 8 November 2019 to the conference committee at with the following information:
• Title of paper
• Abstract (maximum 250 words)
• Full name, contact details and institutional affiliation
• Short biography (maximum 150 words)

Applicants will be notified in mid-November 2019.
A PDF of the CfP can be found here (note there is an extended deadline in place of 8 November 2019).