The Graduate Music Student Association at The University of Ottawa and the Carleton University Music and Culture Graduate Student Society are pleased to announce our first joint student conference. The conference will take place at the University of Ottawa on Friday March 11 and Carleton University on Saturday March 12, 2016. Dr. Lloyd Whitesell from McGill University and Dr. Michael Bakan from Florida State University will be featured as keynote speakers; Dr. Whitesell will theorize the concept of glamour in Hollywood and Dr. Bakan will discuss the place and significance of music in the lives of autistic thinkers, augmenting existing work in the field of medical ethnomusicology.

The theme of the conference is Bridging Discourses and Disciplines in/via Music, complementing the interdisciplinary research that is conducted by students in various subdisciplines of music, the spirit of collaboration around which this conference is organized, and the inclusivity that is sought in the conference program (of music theorists, popular music scholars, musicologists, performers, etc.). The student conference will provide a congenial environment in which graduate and senior undergraduate students can present their research and form professional connections.

Examples of paper topics that resonate with the conference theme include, but are not limited to:

  • Music genres and fusions
  • Identity and self-expression through music
  • Music and social justice
  • Music, politics and activism
  • Music pedagogy and education
  • Performance and public outreach
  • Globalization, transnationalism and diaspora in/and music
  • Relationships between music and other forms of media

Papers in other topics are also welcome. 


Submissions should be submitted electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 22nd, 2016. In the body of the email, include your name, institutional affiliation, year and degree, technical requirements and contact information. Proposals must be sent in an attached word document and include a title and an abstract of 250 words (maximum), without identifying information in the abstract file.

Please provide your information in the language you will use for your presentation (English or French) and indicate the format of your presentation:

  • Individual paper (20 minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of Q & A)
  • Lecture-performance (30 minutes maximum, indicating instrument)
  • Panels of 3 or 4 papers organized around a theme (typically 20 minute papers plus 10 minute discussion for each paper, 90-120 minutes total for the session)
  • Proposals will be reviewed by the conference program committee and results will be announced no later than February 12, 2016. Please direct questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and consult our Facebook Group “Carleton-uOttawa Joint Graduate Music Student Conference”


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