CfP: Street Music: An International Conference (Monash University)

Convenor: Dr Paul Watt (Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University):
“Street Music: An International Conference”
8-9 December 2014 – Monash University Law Chambers, Melbourne, Australia
Deadline: 1 June 2014

Confirmed invited speakers:
Professor Bruce Johnson, Macquarie University/University of Turku/University of Glasgow
Professor Carolyn Stevens, Monash University

About the conference:

For centuries, the street has been a site for making music. Itinerant musicians, street-vendors, buskers and beggars have played, sung, chanted, whistled, eavesdropped, stolen and improvised music on or near streets. Travel writers, novelists and ethnographers have attempted to capture the music of the street in various forms, while the police, moral reformers, and governments have sought to control, regulate and sometimes legislate against the noise of streets arising from musical activity.

‘Street Music: An International Conference’ will be of interest not only to music scholars in the broad fields of musicology and ethnomusicology but also to scholars of literary and cultural studies, communications, urban planning and sociology covering any historical or geographical context.


Abstracts of approximately 250 words should be sent to Dr Paul Watt (paul.watt at by 1 June 2014.

Individual papers should be 20 minutes with ten minutes allocated for questions.

Proposals for roundtables are encouraged and should comprise a chair and three presenters who will each speak for 20 minutes. The chair of a panel may also be one of the presenters.

Abstracts must not exceed 250 words and should be limited to one paragraph. Abstracts should not include references, citations or lists and are to be submitted in Word with the presenters’ last name as the file title.

The Abstracts Committee will advise of acceptance of papers by 1 July.

Abstracts Committee:

Dr Paul Watt (chair)
Dr Joel Crotty
Professor Margaret Kartomi
Dr Jonathan McIntosh
Dr Adrian McNeil
Alison Rabinovici

Conference Website and Further Information:

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