Call for papers

Fifth International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology


The Université de Montréal’s faculty of music and the Observatoire Interdisciplinaire de Création et de Recherche en Musique (OICRM) will play host to the Fifth International Student Conference on Systematic Musicology (SysMus12), this coming May 24th-26th, 2012. Organized by graduate students, the SysMus conference allows young researchers in systematic musicology at the master’s and doctoral levels to present their work in the form of papers, poster sessions and online publications ( ). This conference also provides attendees with the opportunity to hear papers by four internationallyrenown specialists, and to meet colleagues from around the world who share the same interests.

Graduate students are encouraged to submit a proposal in English (maximum 2 pages) for either a formal paper or a poster session. Papers should be twenty minutes in length and may be given in either English or French. A ten minute question period will follow.

Allying epistemological, scientific principals and methodologies with a humanistic, critical approach, systematic musicology is interdisciplinary in character. As such, we have provided a (non-exhaustive) list of possible themes to be explored: the role of institutions in the dissemination of music; public behaviour and reception; music and media; music and society; perception and cognition; multi-modal perception; emotion; analysis of expressivity in performance; gesture and movement; music pedagogy; musical structure; methodology; music and language; music and technology. Proposals will be evaluated by an international committee made up of doctoral and post-doctoral students representing an array of fields of investigation within systematic musicology. Since proposals will be evaluated anonymously, the author’s name, address, and institutional affiliation should appear only in the  body of the email. Proposals should be sent by email as an attachment (in PDF format) to:, before December 15th, 2011. The committee will announce its decisions by February 15th, 2012.

Further information about the proposal format and conference activities for SysMus12 will be available online shortly.

Please distribute this call for papers as widely as possible. We hope to see you soon in Montreal!

The SysMus12 Organizing Committee