Music in Canada: Exploring Canadian Practice and Reception
Ottawa Graduate Student Music Conference
Carleton University and the University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
March 10 & 11, 2017

Call for Paper Proposals

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 second joint student conference. The conference will take place at the University of Ottawa on Friday, March 10 and Carleton University on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Dr. Stephanie Lind of Queen’s University and Dr. Rob Bowman of York University will be featured as keynote speakers. Dr. Lind will be presenting “Developing Variation in Gilles Tremblay’s Croissant: Contour, Transformation, and Identity”, and Dr. Bowman will be presenting “‘This Land is Your Land’: Woody Guthrie, the Travellers and Canadian Nationalism”.

In recognition of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation in the National Capital Region, the theme of the conference is Music in Canada: Exploring Canadian Practice and Reception. This theme provides students in all sub-disciplines of music research and performance an opportunity to investigate the various facets of music in Canada. 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:

  • Canadian composers and/or performers
  • The intersection of Canadian history, culture, and music
  • The influence of the land/environment on Canadian composers, performers, and music
  • Lecture-performances featuring Canadian music
  • The role of non-Canadian music in Canada
  • The impact of Canadian music on other cultures
  • Indigenous music and culture
  • The influence of gender studies on Canadian music scholarship
  • Music education in Canada

Papers on 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 December 12, 2016. Please provide your information in the language you will use for your presentation (English or French). 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 personal information in the abstract file. Please also indicate the presentation format in the Word document:

  • 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 mid-January, 2017. 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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