CfP: Music and Meaning Research Symposium (Gainesville)

University of Florida Student Society for Musicology (SSM):
„Music and Meaning Research Symposium“
20–21 March 2015 – Gainesville, FL
Deadline: 5 January 2015
Keynote: Dr. Thomas Turino

The University of Florida Student Society for Musicology (SSM) will host the Music and Meaning Research Symposium on 20–21 March 2015 in Gainesville, FL. SSM invites graduate students in the humanities to submit abstracts for paper presentations.

Dr. Thomas Turino (University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign) will give a keynote address on the topic of semiotics and musical meaning, following his recent scholarship on Peircean semiotics and its phenomenological applications in music study.

The conference theme is “Music and Meaning.” This symposium seeks to promote scholarship that addresses ways in which music becomes meaningful. From the intersection of different forms of media, to the various collaborations of disciplinary methods and theoretical trends, we invite a broad range of music scholarship for presentation. Examples of research on musical meaning may include, but are not limited to:

  • semiotics
  • intertextuality
  • political and protest music
  • music and philosophy
  • theory and analysis
  • music and identity
  • music and psychology
  • music as a social process
  • women and gender studies, LGTBQ perspectives
  • text and music

Papers as read should not exceed twenty minutes. A ten-minute discussion will follow each paper. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words and should demonstrate a clear statement of the problem, research methodology, and conclusions.

Submissions should include the following information, which is not part of the word count:

  1. Title of paper
  2. Name, institutional affiliation, and degree program
  3. Email address
  4. Audio-visual requirements

Please email the complete submission as an email attachment (PDF document) by 5 January 2015 to: florida.ssm at

All conference events are free and open to the public.

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