Call for Papers, Sessions, and Round Tables

Canadian University Music Society Annual Conference
Acadia University — Wolfville, Nova Scotia
May 31st – June 2nd, 2022

Deadline extended:  January 31, 2022

The Canadian University Music Society (MusCan) will hold its annual conference from May 31st – June 2nd, 2022, hosted by the Department of Music at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Acadia University is located in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This land is governed by the treaties of Peace and Friendship, first signed by the Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqey, Peskotomuhkatiyik, and the British Crown in 1726. These treaties recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqey title and set the rules for what was to be a long-standing relationship between nations. Acadia University also recognizes the 400+ year history of communities of African descent and the 50 African Nova Scotian communities throughout the region today.

This year’s conference will be a connected event; paper sessions will be available to presenters and attendees in both in-person and virtual space, while other conference features will be available only to in-person attendees.

Proposals from all areas of academic inquiry, including musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, composition, music education, electro-acoustic music, music recording and production, and performance are welcome in English or French, from members and non-members. The deadline for all proposals and submissions is January 31, 2022.

Proposals on any topic are welcome, but we particularly encourage proposals that continue to build on the themes of Indigenization, decolonization, equity, and diversity within all areas of music study. With its Calls for Lecture-Recitals, Mini-Concerts, Scores, Papers, Sessions, and Round Tables, the Canadian University Music Society aims to bring together scholars from a wide range of perspectives for a vibrant discussion.

Papers: Papers should not exceed 20 minutes, including illustrations, and will be followed by a 10-minute period for questions and discussion. Those wishing to propose a paper must submit by the deadline: an abstract of 250 words maximum for consideration by the Program Committee, an abridged abstract (150 words), and a biography (100 words). Abstracts must describe the subject of the paper proposal, its relationship to previous scholarship, the methodology, and the conclusions. Graduate students whose papers are chosen for presentation in any session of the MusCan conference may be eligible to compete for the George Proctor Prize; eligible students who wish to compete will be required to submit copies of their complete papers by May 2, 2022 (George Proctor Prize for student presenters: see separate call).

Sessions: Those wishing to propose a session comprising three or four papers should submit a description and rationale for the session as a whole (maximum 250 words), as well as a 150-word abridged abstract, the names and a 100-word biography for each proposed participant, a proposed chairperson, and, for each paper, an abstract that conforms to the session abstract described above.

Round Tables: Round tables are organized by an individual or group of individuals around a specific topic, with the participation of invited speakers/discussants. Round table sessions may be scheduled for a maximum of 90 minutes. Those wishing to organize a round table should submit an abstract of 500 words maximum, describing the topic and the method of presentation, the participants and the precise nature of each of their contributions. Proposals for Round Tables must also include an abridged abstract of no more than 150 words, and short biographies of no more than 100-words for each invited speaker/discussant.  Please note that Round Tables are the only proposals that will not be read blind, as the program committee must assess the contributions of those involved in order to consider the session within the overall program.

Conference registration and membership in MusCanAll presenters and speakers must be current members of MusCan before their submissions can be accepted for inclusion into the program.  They must also register to the MusCan 2022 conference as either an in-person or an online presenter. Annual dues for MusCan membership in 2021-22 are $95 for regular members, and $50 for part-time faculty, students, independent scholars, and retired persons. Membership may be purchased, for the current and next calendar year, online at Please note that our website is currently undergoing significant changes as we transition to a new membership services provider; we anticipate that the new website will be functional by mid-November, and will announce its launch through our listserv and social media accounts.

Submission: To submit a proposal, complete the online submission form by Monday, January 31, 2022. The submission portal will be tied to our new website; we expect it to be available to accept submissions on or near November 26th, 2021. The author’s name, affiliation, title of the abstract, email address, and phone number should appear in the online form but not on the abstract or in any file names, as proposals will be read blind.

Submission of a proposal denotes willingness and ability to attend the MusCan conference in person or virtually. You will be asked to indicate whether you plan to present in-person or virtually at the time of submission, and will have an opportunity to confirm your participation style by April 1, 2022.

Results: The results of the program committee’s deliberations will be announced no later than March 18, 2022.

For further information, visit the conference website or e-mail questions to: or

Programme Committee Co-Chairs: Michelle Boyd and Jeff Torbert
Local Arrangements Committee Co-Chairs: Krissy Keech and Paula Rockwell