Society for Ethnomusicology 2012 Annual Meeting

Call for papers
November 1-4 2012
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

The Society for Ethnomusicology will hold a Joint Annual Meeting with the American Musicological Society and the Society for Music Theory in New Orleans on November 1-4, 2012. The meeting will take place at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

For the SEM Call for Proposals, abstract submission instructions, and preliminary meeting information, please visit the SEM website and select “Conferences.” The deadline for submission of all abstracts is January 17, 2012.

In conjunction with the Annual Meeting, Tulane University will present a Pre-Conference Symposium titled “Crisis and Creativity” on October 31, 2012.

Sociology of Music Panel-Canadian Sociological Association Conference

Call for papers
May  29–June 2 2012
Wilfrid  Laurier University / University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario,  Canada)

The 47th Annual CSA Conference will be held from Tuesday May 29 through to Saturday June 2 2012. As usual, the CSA meetings will be held as part of the Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences Congress, this year taking place at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario. Continue reading

Inaugural Celebrity Studies Conference‏

Call for papers
December 12-14th 2012
Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

Deadline for abstracts and panels: March 5th 2012 (individual papers: 500words, +50 word bio; and for 3x person panels: panel title, lead/contact person; 3x 500 word abstracts, plus 3x individual 50 word biographies)

Successful abstracts notified by: 6th April

Enquiries/abstracts to:

Conference Website:

Sponsored by the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention, Deakin University Continue reading

Perspectives on Musical Improvisation

Reminder Call for papers
10th-13th September 2012
Faculty of Music, University of Oxford

This is a reminder that submissions for this conference should be sent to . The deadline for submissions is Monday January 9 2012.

Please visit the website to get further details on the conference and how to submit proposals for papers, poster presentations and practical sessions. The website will go live in March 2012 for registration and programme details.

Contact Mark Doffman at for any queries regarding the conference.

Music & Moving Image

Call for papers
Music and the Moving Image VII Conference
New York University, 1-3 June, 2012

The annual conference, Music and the Moving Image, encourages submissions from scholars and practitioners that explore the relationship between music, sound, and the entire universe of moving images (film, television, video games, iPod, computer, and interactive performances) through paper presentations.

More info, practical details, etc. at

IASPM-US and Pop Conference

Sounds of the City
IASPM-US Annual Conference
Jointly held with 2012 EMP Pop Conference presented by NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music
New York City, March 22-25, 2012

Charlie Gillett’s pioneering The Sound of the City declared, with its title, that the electrified roots music of Elvis and Little Richard was an urban synthesis: “In rock and roll, the strident, repetitive sounds of city life were, in effect, reproduced as melody and rhythm.” But the metropolitan modernities of popular music take many different forms: Nuyorican salsa, Ralph Ellison “living with jazz” in his apartment building, San Francisco open-air psychedelia, double dutch and breakdancing, Amadou & Mariam’s “fast food Dakar,” and beyond. So for this year’s joint International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US branch gathering and EMP Museum Pop Conference, presented by New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, we copyedit Gillett slightly and ask that presenters explore sounds of the city—the reverberations of people gathered en masse. Following are some suggested but not required subthemes. All styles and eras of pop music are welcome. Continue reading

Perspectives on Musical Improvisation

Call for papers
10th-13th September 2012
Faculty of Music, University of Oxford

Conference theme
Improvisation is arguably the most widely distributed form of musical practice – and yet remains the least studied or understood. Indeed, even the boundaries of what is or is not regarded as improvisation remain unclear. This conference will address the many faces of improvisation from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives – historical, psychological, ethnomusicological, analytical, technological, sociological, organological, and pedagogical. Over the course of four days, the conference will include papers, practical sessions, and poster presentations.

The conference is affiliated to the AHRC-funded Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP) and enjoys the support of SEMPRE, IMR, BFE, and SMA. Continue reading