School of Music, University of Victoria

June 6-9 2013

Call for Papers, Sessions and Round Tables

Deadline: November 19, 2012

The CANADIAN UNIVERSITY MUSIC SOCIETY (CUMS) will hold its annual conference in coordination with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences June 6-9, 2013 at THE UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA, in Victoria, British Columbia.  Proposals for papers, sessions and round tables from all areas of academic inquiry, including musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, composition, music education, and performance are welcome in English or French, from members and non-members. The deadline for all proposals and submissions is November 19, 2012.

The theme of the 2013 Congress is: @ The Edge. Proposals oriented to aspects of this larger theme are encouraged but not required.  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 programming committee, an    abridged abstract (150 words), a list of A/V requests, 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 CUMS conference may be eligible to compete for the SOCAN FOUNDATION/GEORGE PROCTOR PRIZE; eligible students who wish to compete will be required to submit copies of their complete papers by April 15, 2013 (SOCAN Foundation/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, a list of A/V requests, the names and a 100-word biography for each proposed participant, a proposed chairperson and, for each paper within the session, a specific 150-word abstract that conforms to the paper 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 for the session of no more than 150 words, a list of A/V requests, and short biographies of no more than 100-words for each invited speaker/discussant.

Conference registration and membership in CUMS: All presenters and speakers must register for both the 2013 Congress, and for the CUMS conference, and be members of CUMS by the conference start date. Annual dues for 2013 are $70 for regular members, and $35 for part-time faculty, students, independent scholars, and retired persons. Membership may be purchased, for the current calendar year, online at <> or by contacting CUMS, c/o Becker Associates, 10 Morrow Avenue, Suite 202, Toronto, ON, M6R 2J1; (416) 585-1650 (phone) or 489-1713 (fax).

Submission: Submissions for all proposals must be sent by email as attachments and as MSWord files ONLY by November 19, 2012. The author’s name, affiliation, title of the abstract, email address, and phone number, should appear in the email body but not on the abstract, as proposals will be read blind.  All submissions should be made to the Program Committee Chair, Jonathan Goldman, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Submission of a proposal denotes willingness and ability to attend the 2013 Conference.

Results: The results of the program committee’s deliberations will be announced by February 4, 2013.

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