SMI and ICTM Ireland Plenary Conference 2021

SMI and ICTM Ireland Plenary Conference 2021

Hosted by the Department of Music, School of Creative Arts, Trinity College Dublin.

27–30 May 2021

Call for Papers

The Annual Plenary Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (SMI) and the Irish Chapter of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM Ireland) of 2021 will be hosted by the Department of Music, Trinity College Dublin. We warmly invite papers from scholars in all areas of music, including composition, ethnomusicology, musicology, performance, and sonic arts. We encourage proposals not only from members of the SMI and ICTM but from scholars around the world.

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 ten-minute presentations followed by a general debate; (d) thirty-minute lecture-recitals. Themed panel sessions may include titles such as ‘music in public life’; ‘musicology/ethno­musicology and contemporary society’; ‘musical life during a pandemic’; ‘historical pedagogies’. Prospective organisers of panel and poster sessions are encouraged to suggest topics independent of these themes, which are listed here as suggestions.

With a view to reaching an international audience, this year’s plenary conference may include a digital component.

The IRC-SMI Harrison Medal will be awarded to Professor Michael Beckerman (Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Music, Collegiate Professor of Music New York University) for his outstanding research in Czech and eastern European music, film music, the music of the Roma, and music in the concentration camps. The award ceremony and Prof. Beckerman’s IRC Harrison Lecture will take place at this conference. 

ICTM-Ireland’s inaugural Oirdhearchas Award will be presented to Professor Thérèse Smith (University College Dublin) who will give a plenary lecture.

A joint SMI-ICTM Plenary Lecture will be given by Professor Harry White (University College Dublin), founder of the Society for Musicology in Ireland

Please send proposals to by 8 February 2021.

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

The programme committee for SMI 2021 comprises Simon Trezise (Conference chair, TCD), Evangelia Rigaki (TCD), Michael Lee (TCD), Anja Bunzel (Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences), Lorraine Byrne Bodley (Maynooth University, SMI President), Helen Lawlor (Dundalk Institute of Technology, Chair of ICTM Ireland).

The conference is being held in association with the Irish Research Council and the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

An online version of this CFP can be found at

Documenting Jazz 2020

Documenting Jazz 2020 Conference
16 – 18 January 2020
Birmingham City University, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Extended Deadline: Sunday, 11 August 2019
Conference Chair: Dr Pedro Cravinho

Keynote speakers:
Professor Catherine Tackley (University of Liverpool)
Associate Professor Kristin McGee (University of Groningen)

Birmingham City University is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Documenting Jazz conference, being held on 16–18 January 2020. Now in its second year, Documenting Jazz brings together colleagues from across the academic, archive, library, and museum sectors to explore and discuss documenting jazz. Since its first edition in Dublin 2019, the Documenting Jazz Conference aims to bring together an unparalleled variety of experiences drawn from across the world. It includes contributions from individuals of all career stages, from established scholars and practitioners to those just starting their careers. We embrace the academic sector and other heritage and cultural organisations in partnership with each other, and communities. Our keynote speakers are drawn from across the academic sector to inspire debate and discussion amongst its participants.

In Ways of Seeing, John Berger argues that though every image embodies a way of seeing – every photograph is the photographer’s selection from an infinite number of other sights – so too our perception of an image changes with our personal way of seeing. The act of documenting jazz embodies ways of documenting that reflect assumptions of the past. As changes in technology, cultures and economies have profoundly influenced and affected our perception of music, alternative ways of documenting jazz must be considered, explored, and discussed. Documenting Jazz 2020 invites proposals on this year’s theme of ways of documenting jazz, either as individual or collaborative projects. The programme committee welcomes submissions focusing on ways of documenting jazz as visual culture, and its distinct representations: photography, press, cinema, television, and web. We also invite proposals that address ways of documenting that challenge the traditional narratives surrounding jazz as a male-dominated domain. This year’s conference also aims to consolidate discussions around issues of gender, and the way those have been documented or marginalised in this music history. While not restricted to these themes, we invite submissions that address critical ways of documenting jazz around the following areas:

• Jazz in Photography
• Jazz on/in Television
• Jazz in the Press
• Jazz online
• Jazz on/in Cinema

Proposals are invited as individual papers, joint papers, proposals for themed panels and round-table discussions. Further information regarding submitting proposals can be found at
Enquires and submissions can be sent to Dr Pedro Cravinho (

Joint ICTM-IE/SMI Annual Postgraduate Conference

10 – 11 January 2019, Department of Informatics and Creative Arts, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland

Call for Papers

Deadline: Sunday, 28 October 2018 Email:

The Society for Musicology in Ireland, in collaboration with the Irish National Committee of the International Council for Traditional Music, are pleased to announce a joint postgraduate conference to take place in Dundalk Institute of Technology on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 January 2019.

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, historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory and analysis, music technology, music pedagogy, popular music studies, musical practice as research, psychology of music and music and gender. [Aside from the traditional paper sessions, there will also be a Careers Forum on the Saturday as part of the conference].

To submit a proposal, please send an email attachment (.doc, .docx) on or before 28 October 2018 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)
  • Audio-visual and other requirements (data projection, CD/DVD player, piano, etc.)Applicants will be notified in early November 2018.


Documenting Jazz

Documenting Jazz Conference

17 – 19 January 2019

Dublin Institute of Technology, Conservatory of Music and Drama, Dublin, Ireland.

CFP Deadline: 30 June 2018

Keynote Speakers: Krin Gabbard and Gabriel Solis


The first jazz studies conference in Ireland will take place at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Conservatory of Music and Drama, Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland from 17 January to 19 January 2019. The event is delivered in partnership with the Research Foundation for Music in Ireland, the Society of Musicology in Ireland and the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, Birmingham City University, UK.

In marking the centenary of the first documented jazz performance in Ireland, that of ‘Mr Gordon’s Jazz Band’ at the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, we invite participants to consider who and what has been documented, by whom, and for what purposes. The committee welcomes submissions that investigating the power of documentation to shape the narratives and mythologies surrounding the music.

Conference themes include but are not limited to:

  • Documenting jazz histories
  • Documenting jazz in popular culture
  • Documenting jazz as sound
  • Documenting jazz in images
  • Documenting gender in jazz
  • Documenting jazz in film
  • Documenting jazz online
  • Documenting Jazz on television

Proposals are invited as individual papers, joint papers, proposals for themed panels and round-table discussions. Further information regarding submitting proposals can be found at

Enquired and submissions can be sent to  Dr Damian Evans (damian evans -at-