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CFP Music and Philosophy Conference 2019

Friday, October 19, 2018   (0 Comments)
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CFP for the 2019 Biennial Conference

7th Conference of the Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group  

Department of Music and Department of Philosophy
Strand Campus, King’s College London
Thursday and Friday, 11–12 July 2019 

Keynote speakers  

Prof. Jenefer Robinson (Department of Philosophy, University of Cincinnati)    

Prof. Dr. Alexander García Düttmann (Institut für Kunstwissenschaft und Ästhetik, Universität der Künste Berlin)  

Prof. Julian Johnson (Department of Music, Royal Holloway, University of London) 


The RMA Music and Philosophy Study Group warmly invites session and paper proposals for this two-day international conference, to be held in London on 11–12 July 2019. The event will offer an opportunity for those with an interest in music and philosophy to share and discuss work, in the hope of furthering dialogue in this area. Following the success of last year’s format, we will run three types of session:  

 Associates Sessions  will be hosted by organisations with related interests;  

Themed Sessions will be organised by individual session convenors, who have issued calls for papers on specific topics;  

Free Sessions will be open to papers on all topics relating to music and philosophy.

Call for Associates Sessions  

Related organisations, including scholarly societies, study groups and institutional departments, are warmly invited to host a session at the conference. The topic and organisation of such sessions is left to the host: sessions may feature invited speakers. All formats will be considered.  

If you would like to be involved in this way, please upload your session abstract and the abstracts of and information about all contributors to the Associates Sessions form on the Music and Philosophy website by 15 December 2018

Submitted paper abstracts may be up to 350 words (if an individual paper of 20 minutes), up to 500 words (if a collaborative paper of 30 minutes), and abstracts outlining the rationale for the session may be up to 350 words.  


Call for Themed Sessions 

We seek enthusiastic individuals to propose themed sessions on topics that are focused yet inclusive. All topics and formats are welcome but should be designed to encourage submissions from both music studies and philosophy, whilst assuming a broad and inclusive definition of each. 

If you would like to host such a session, please upload a 300-word draft call for papers that will also function as a session abstract to the website by 26 October 2018. The draft call for papers should focus on the topic of, and rationale for, the session. 

Decisions on the selection of themed sessions will be made by 9 November 2018. The calls for papers for those sessions will open on 14 November 2018, with a deadline of 21 December 2018. Organisers will be asked to submit paper choices to the programme committee by 18 January 2019. The intention is that the programme committee will, in most circumstances, simply approve the organisers’ choices, however the committee reserve the right to request changes if there are problems of topical balance or scholarly quality. Final decisions on paper acceptance will be communicated by 31 January 2019. 

Please submit proposals by 26 October 2018 using the Themed Sessions form on the Music and Philosophy website. 

Call for Free Sessions  

We invite submissions for papers on any topic relating to music and philosophy. The conference presumes inclusive definitions of both music and philosophy. We take music to include all forms and genres of music, art music and popular, secular and sacred, from any and all historical and geographical locales. We take philosophy to include analytic, continental, classical, and non-Western thought, as well as critical theory. Regardless of disciplinary affiliation, the committee seeks conceptually rigorous and clearly articulated research that presents a novel argument and advances understanding of its topic.  

Collaboration between persons from different disciplines (including music studies, philosophy, performance, composition, psychology, history, literary studies, art history, anthropology, and others) would be especially welcomed.  

Proposals are invited for:  

  • individual papers (20 minutes) – up to 350 words  
  • collaborative papers (30 minutes) – up to 500 words  
  • lecture recitals (30 minutes) – up to 350 words  

Please submit proposals by 15 December 2018 using the Free Sessions form on the Music and Philosophy website.

All paper submissions will be considered by blind review by the programme committee:  

Dr Jeremy Coleman (University of Aberdeen)  
Dr Andrew Huddleston (Birkbeck, University of London)
Professor Derek
Matravers (Open University)  
Dr Matthew Pritchard (University of Leeds) 
Friedlind Riedel
(Bauhaus-University Weimar)  
Professor Martin Stokes (King’s College London)
Dr Férdia Stone-Davis (University of Cambridge) 
Dr Naomi Waltham-Smith
(University of Pennsylvania)  

Please contact our chair Férdia Stone-Davis with any queries about the call for papers.

The call for papers can also be found on the Music and Philosophy website. All proposals must be submitted via the website. If you encounter difficulties uploading your abstract please contact our web administrator.

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