2018 McGill Music Graduate Symposium
Schulich School of Music, McGill University
Montréal, Canada, March 23–25, 2018


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Call for Papers

The McGill Music Graduate Students’ Society (MGSS) is pleased to announce its thirty-first annual Symposium, which will be held March 23–25, 2018 at the Schulich School of Music in Montréal, Canada. We have extended our deadline for submissions to Friday December 15, 2017.

Our research keynote, William Cheng, is an Assistant Professor of Music at Dartmouth College where he teaches courses in history, media, ethics, disability, race, and digital games. His books include Sound Play: Video Games and the Musical Imagination (Oxford, 2014) and Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good(Michigan, 2016). His keynote address, “Bulletproof Rap, Breakable Skin, and the Ears of Frederick Douglass,” comes from his forthcoming monograph, Why Listening to Beethoven Makes Me Feel So Respectable (and Other Vices of Musical Judgment) (Oxford).

Our performance keynote, Noam Sivan is a notable pioneer of improvisation in the classical music world who has appeared in three continents, giving full-length improvised piano recitals and conducting orchestral improvisations. He is on the faculties of the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute, having founded improvisation courses and produced improvisation concerts in both conservatories. In his keynote address, “The Art of Improvisation,” Dr. Sivan brings back the art of improvisation to the concert hall through live demonstrations in different styles, and calls for its revival in performance and music education.

We welcome abstracts (300 words) in any area of music research including, but not limited to, ethnomusicology, music theory, musicology, music education, music technology, sound recording, music psychology, performance, and composition. This year, we aim to feature a special panel on music and disability, ethics and care in music research, and/or related intersectional topics. Projects in these areas are particularly encouraged.

Papers, posters, lecture recitals, improvisations, art/music installations, and special sessions of two to four panelists are all encouraged. Special session descriptions must include a separate 300-word proposal for the session as a whole in addition to individual proposals for each panelist. Both abstracts and presentations may be in either English or French. Please attach abstracts as MS Word documents without any personal identification in the attachment. In the body of your email, please include your name, email, and academic affiliation.

In the interest of accessibility and in keeping with the MGSS’s commitment to equity and diversity, we will make every effort to be able to provide childcare concurrently with our programming for presenters with children. We also ask applicants to let us know about any issues of accessibility, including those regarding the financial burden of travel and accommodation for the Symposium. Abstracts will be evaluated on their own merits and all personal information disclosed will remain confidential during the selection process.

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