CUMS Annual Conference

Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University

May 31 - June 3, 2012


Call for Papers, Sessions and Round Tables

Deadline:  December 2, 2011


The Canadian University Music Society (CUMS) will hold its annual conference in coordination with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences May 31–June 3, 2012 at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario. 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 French or English, from members and non-members. The deadline for all proposals and submissions is December 02, 2011.

The theme of the 2012 Congress, Crossroads: Scholarship in an Uncertain World, acknowledges the uncertainties of our present age and the rapid transformations that are challenging our society, our environment, and our understanding of humanity.  Proposals oriented to aspects of this larger theme are encouraged but not required.  Such special topic areas may include the intersections of music and multiculturalism, the role of music and music scholarship in the university and society at large, the digital transformation and accessibility of music, and the implications for music’s ubiquity and the environment.  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: Those wishing to propose a paper must submit an abstract of 250 words, maximum, describing the subject, its relationship to previous scholarship, the methodology and the conclusions. Papers should not exceed 20 minutes, including illustrations, and will be followed by a 10-minute period for questions and discussion. 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 20, 2012.

Sessions: Those wishing to propose a session comprising three or four papers should submit a description and rationale for the session (250 words, maximum), the names of the proposed participants, a proposed chairperson and, for each paper, an 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.

SOCAN Foundation/George Proctor Prize for student presenters: see separate call.

Conference registration and membership in CUMS: All presenters and speakers must register for both the 2012 Congress, and for the CUMS conference, and be members of CUMS by the conference start date. Annual dues for 2012 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). Presenters and speakers may be eligible for partial reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses, in accordance with CUMS guidelines (receipts are required).

Submission: Abstracts for all proposals must be submitted by email as attachments in Word or as PDF files by December 02, 2011. 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, Kirsten Yri, 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 2012 Conference.

Results: The results of the program committee’s deliberations will be announced by February 03, 2012, with the program posted on the CUMS website. Those whose papers, sessions, and round tables are chosen for presentation must provide abridged abstract(s) (150 words, maximum, per presenter or round table) and biography (100 words, maximum, per presenter/speaker) no later than March 23, 2012.

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