“Indecent Musicology” (NYU)

“Indecent Musicology”

Keynote Speaker: Emily Wilbourne

Saturday, March 26, 2016 [9:30am — 9:00pm]

Silver Center for Arts and Sciences, New York University


Call for Papers:

This is a call for the provocative, the experimental, the radical, the “fringe.” Without constantly pushing boundaries, fields are in danger of becoming stale, or worse, regressive. We invite graduate students of all disciplines to submit abstracts that meditate on an indecent musicology. Formal papers are welcome in addition to innovative, interdisciplinary, and unconventional presentations. Papers and presentations will be 20 minutes in length with 10 additional minutes designated for questions; performances and unconventional presentations will be 45 minutes. Composers are responsible for their own musicians and equipment. The following are merely suggestions:

  • “Blasphemology” and manifestations of lewdness
  • Pataphysical and supranatural meditations on music
  • Intersections of indecency, race, law, music, sexuality, sociality, performativity, etc.
  • Constructions of radical obscenity, perversions, and indecency in music
  • Phenomenology of indecent musical exposure

Submission Deadline: Monday, January 25, 2016

Submission Guidelines:

All proposals (paper, performance, composition) must include the following:

  1. An anonymous abstract of no more than 300 words sent as a PDF attachment to indecentmusic2016@gmail.com. Make sure you have omitted any metadata that would identify you (e.g. author’s name, institution, author tags). Footnotes will be included in the word count. Please submit no more than 3 pages of supplementary materials. Please title your attachment: PaperTitle.pdf
  2. A cover letter that includes the title of the presentation, the format of the presentation (e.g. paper, performance, etc.), applicable institutional affiliation, phone number, email address, and AV equipment requests.

Applicants will be notified by email no later than February 8, 2016. Upon acceptance, presenters will be asked to send a final draft of their abstract for publication in the conference program.

For questions, please contact the conference chair, Marcus Ryan Pyle, at mrp448@nyu.edu

2013 McGill Music Graduate Symposium

The Music Graduate Students’ Society of McGill University is pleased to announce a call for papers for our annual Graduate Music Symposium, which will take place March 15–17, 2013.

This year we are excited to welcome Brigid Cohen, Assistant Professor of Music at New York University as our keynote speaker. Professor Cohen’s research interests centre on twentieth-century musical avant-gardes, questions of migration and diaspora, theories of cosmopolitanism, and intersections of music, the visual arts, and literature. Her book Stefan Wolpe and the Avant-Garde Diaspora (Cambridge University Press, 2012) was published this fall.

We welcome abstracts (approximately 300 words) in any area of music research. Proposals are invited within—but not limited to—ethnomusicology, music theory, musicology, music education, music technology, sound recording, music psychology, performance, and composition. Papers, lecture recitals, posters, and special sessions of 2–4 panelists are all encouraged. Please indicate in the body of your email which format(s) would suit your presentation. Special session proposals must include a separate 300-word abstract describing the session as a whole in addition to individual abstracts summarising the contribution of each panelist. Both abstracts and presentations may be in either English or French.

All submissions must be received by Friday January 11, 2013. Please send your abstracts—without any personal identification to allow for anonymous review—within an MS Word document (.doc, .docx, .rtf). Please also include your abstract within the body of your email along with your name, address, telephone number, and academic affiliation. For the subject heading, please write “Symposium Abstract Submission” and follow the following naming format when submitting word files: surname_abstract.docx.

Please direct your submissions and any questions to symposium@music.mcgill.ca.