18th Annual Western University Graduate Symposium on Music
University of Western Ontario
London Ontario, Canada

The Society of Graduate Students in Music at Western University is pleased to announce its 18th annual Graduate Symposium on Music (WUGSOM), August 25th–26th, 2017. This year Dr. Julie Pedneault-Deslauriers (University of Ottawa) will be delivering the keynote address, and Dr. Jonathan De Souza (Western University) will be leading a graduate student workshop entitled “Musical Instruments and Embodied Performance.”

The program committee invites graduate students of all disciplines to submit proposals for papers on any aspect of music, including but by no means limited to music theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, music cognition, music education, composition, and performance. We welcome papers on any topic, and encourage a diversity of excellence in research across many fields. The deadline for submission is Friday, June 9, 2017, 11:59PM EST.

Presentations are limited to 20 minutes, with a 10-minute question period. All submissions must include the title of the paper and a proposal not exceeding 350 words. Proposals should not include supplementary materials or figures and should not include your name or other identifying information. Please send submissions in MS Word format (.doc or .docx) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In your cover email, please include your name, institutional affiliation, year in program, preferred email address, phone number, and required equipment for the proposed presentation. For further information please see

Workshop Description: “Musical Instruments and Embodied Performance”

Though music “itself” is invisible and intangible, instrumental performance involves concrete objects and actions, which might be seen by audience members or felt by players. How, then, might instruments and bodies mediate musical organization and meaning? How is sound supplemented by visual or corporeal aspects of body-instrument interaction?

This workshop will explore interdisciplinary perspectives on instruments and embodiment—from ethnomusicology, historical musicology, music cognition, music theory, and the philosophy of music. Drawing on these approaches, participants will also investigate materialities of performance in classical, popular, and non-Western music examples.

Applicants for the graduate student workshop should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a cover email (see above) and a brief statement about their research interests and background. Workshop space is limited to 15 participants, and participants will be selected by random draw from the pool of eligible applicants.

Kind Regards,
The Society of Graduate Students in Music, Western University

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