Confounding Expectations 2020: Music in the Information Age
Call for Papers, Presentations and Lecture-Recitals
University of Calgary, June 17-18, 2020

Living in our current era of information has defined the ways in which we view the virtual shrinking of our global world; this created an abrupt shift from the traditions defined by the Industrial age to those created by the Information Age. With growing awareness information has become a commodity in our ever-changing present. The Information Age can then be viewed on synonymous terms with the Computer, Digital or New Media age. Technology has created a new lens through which to examine music. The internet and other digital aspects of information affect our way of accessing, processing and distributing our thoughts and music in seemingly infinite ways: liveness and recording; digitization of music; digital distribution of music; social networking; examination of music in terms of data; digitization of the music industry; new music and technology; music creation; sonic arts and/or electro-acoustic composition and performance; music performance in an age of informational access and global connectivity etc. This list of Information Age effects is inexhaustive as this lens of examination is broad.

The Graduate Music Society of the University of Calgary is pleased to announce our annual call for papers, presentations and lecture-recitals for its 2020 International Graduate Conference entitled Confounding Expectations: Music in the Information Age.  The conference will take place on Wednesday June 17 & Thursday June 18, 2020, in the Rozsa Centre Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall at University of Calgary. Previously, the conference has attracted an international roster of faculty and graduate students. This year we are pleased to welcome Dr. Norma Coates of the University of Western Ontario as our keynote speaker.

Paper presentations are allotted twenty minutes and lecture-recitals forty minutes.  A ten-minute question period will follow each presentation. Abstracts should be approximately 350 words and must contain no identifying information. All abstracts will be evaluated anonymously and should be suitable for publication in the conference program. THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 28, 2020 no later than 23:59 (Mountain Time). The chosen presenters will be notified on or before FRIDAY MARCH 20, 2020. Proposals should include three separate attachments: 1) your abstract (as a PDF or DOC file, without any personal identification); and 2) a 150-word biography (as a PDF or DOC file); 3) a JPG headshot suitable for printing in the conference program. Your email submission should also include your name, affiliation, contact information and AV requirements. If you have any questions regarding your submission, these may be directed to the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The GMS will also be awarding a travel award to one presenter. All presenters are eligible for the award if they are travelling to Calgary (Calgary-based presenters and University of Calgary students are ineligible) and their presentation relates to the conference theme.  The travel award will be awarded to the eligible presenter evaluators will deem to have submitted the best abstract.

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