CfP: Musical Dialogues (Sydney Conservatorium of Music)

38th National Conference of the Musicological Society of Australia:
“Musical Dialogues”
1-4 October 2015 – Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia
Deadline: 1 April 2015

Confirmed Plenary Speakers: Gary Tomlinson (John Hay Whitney Professor of Music & the Humanities, Yale University), and Neal Peres Da Costa (Associate Professor, Historical Performance, Sydney Conservatorium of Music). More to be announced in 2015.

In 2015, the year of its centenary, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music is delighted to host the annual conference of the Musicological Society of Australia. The conference invites participants to consider how the idea of “dialogue” is relevant to their musical research interests.

We particularly welcome papers addressing the following topics, though these are only suggestions and should not constrain authors.

  • Australian music: intercultural and intra-cultural exchanges
  • Performance as dialogue (with the composer/work/audience)
  • Temporal intersections: music of the past in the present; new musics in the context of their pasts
  • Global musical dialogues
  • Musical institutions as they engage with their social contexts
  • Discourses in music theory and historiography
  • Popular music as social discourse
  • Jazz scenes, communities and practices
  • Sound and image: dialogues between music and the visual ? iconography, film, gaming

Free papers are also welcome.

Guidelines for Applicants

Scholars are invited to submit 250-word abstracts for individual presentations related to the conference sub-topics listed above or in the category of “free paper” to the following email address kathleen.nelson at The conference format will provide each successful applicant with 20-minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for Q&A. Proposals for panel sessions are also welcome. Applicants will be informed of acceptance by 29 April 2015.

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