CfP: Music and Instrumentality (CUNY)

2015 Graduate Students in Music (GSIM) Conference:
„Music and Instrumentality“
April 17-18, 2015 – The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York
Deadline: February 1, 2015
Keynote: Dr. Emily Dolan (Harvard University)

The students of Department of Music at the Graduate Center, CUNY, are pleased to announce the 2015 Graduate Students in Music (GSIM) conference in New York City on Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, 2015. The theme for this year’s conference will be Music and Instrumentality.

In addition to paper presentations, discussant panels, and lecture recitals, the conference will include a keynote address by Dr. Emily Dolan (Harvard University). We invite graduate students to submit proposals for papers relating to the theme of Music and Instrumentality. The theme is broadly construed, and we invite scholars to interrogate the following subtopics, among others, through the lens of particular historical and contemporary contexts as well as the analysis of race, religion, class, gender, and sexuality:

  • Organology
  • Technology
  • Sound
  • Instruments
  • Voice
  • Timbre
  • Texture
  • Orchestration and Arrangement
  • Acoustics and Space
  • Performance Practice
  • Style and Aesthetics
  • Modes of Listening

To submit, please send the following to sjackson2 at by February 1, 2015:

  • A proposal of no more than 300 words in PDF format. Up to two additional pages of musical examples and/or references may also be included (though not required). The proposal should include the title of the paper but withhold any information that might identify the author.
  • A cover letter, written as text in the body of the email, that includes the title of the paper as well as the author’s name, institutional affiliation, email address, and telephone number, plus a list of audio/visual requirements for the presentation.
  • Subject line of email should read ‘GSIM 2015 Proposal’ plus your last name.

For further information about the conference and Dr. Dolan’s keynote, please visit

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