North American British Music Studies Association

cfp: Midwest Victorian Studies Association

CFP Deadline: 31 Oct 2015

The Midwest Victorian Studies Association [MVSA] will hold its 2016 annual conference at the University of Missouri–Columbia, April 8-10. Taking as its starting point the remarkable explosion in the periodical press and the availability of cheap print in the Victorian Era, the conference aims to attract papers that reflect fresh and current thinking about the topic.

Proposals for papers of twenty minutes in length are sought from scholars working in musicology, history, art history, science, philosophy, theater, and literature. The deadline for proposals is October 31, 2015. For further details, please see

MVSA’s 2016 Jane Stedman Plenary Speaker will be Leanne Langley, Associate Fellow at the University of London’s Institute of Musical Research, social and cultural historian of music, and leading authority on music journalism in nineteenth-century Britain. Her talk is entitled “Musical Times: The Achievement of the Musical Press in Nineteenth-Century England.”

The conference will also feature three seminars open to graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars led by senior scholars on topics related to the conference theme. Seminar participants pre-circulate 5-to-7 page papers. This year’s topics are “Print Culture and the Mass Public,” led by Julie Codell; “Finding/Creating a Voice in the Periodical Press,” led by Leanne Langley; and “The Transatlantic Periodical Press,” led by Jennifer Phegley.  The deadline for submitting a seminar proposal is October 15, 2015.

MVSA is an interdisciplinary organization welcoming scholars from all disciplines who share an interest in nineteenth-century British history, literature, and culture.

cfp: Musicology at Kalamazoo

The program committee for Musicology at Kalamazoo (Anna Kathryn Grau, Cathy Ann Elias, Daniel DiCenso) invites abstracts for the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 12-15, 2016. The topics include: Music  & Liturgy: In Memory of Clyde Brockett; Music Analysis; Music, Text, and Image; Musical Sources and Materiality; Music and the Medieval Soundscape.

We hope these topics can foster dialogue between musicologists and scholars in other areas, so we encourage specialists in fields other than Music to submit proposals. Please keep in mind that we intend these session titles mostly as “hooks,” rather than limitations, on which a multitude of proposals can be placed, so send us your best work.

Abstracts should be submitted by 15 September. Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged. Please send submissions to, and write in the subject part of the e-mail the following: KZOO 2016.

If you use US mail, send material to:

Anna Kathryn Grau

5430 S. Drexel Ave., Apt. 3N

Chicago, IL 60615

You’ll also need to complete and submit the “Participant Information Form” from the conference website, available at This is very important, not only because it is your only chance to make A-V requests, but because it is required by the Medieval Institute. It is available as either a Word or PDF document.

If you have any questions, please contact the committee at musicology.kzoo -at-

cfp: Society for Eighteenth-Century Music

Society for Eighteenth-Century Music

Seventh Biennial Conference

Deadline: 9/15/15

25-28 February 2016

Austin, TX

For more information, see:

The Society for Eighteenth-Century Music will hold its seventh biennial conference at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas, Austin, 25–28 February 2016. We invite proposals for papers and other presentations on any aspect of eighteenth-century music. Presentations may be traditional papers of 25 minutes (35-minute slot), work-in-progress presentations of 10 minutes (20-minute slot), panels (45 minutes) or lecture-recitals (up to 45 minutes). Preference will be given to those who did not present at the 2014 meeting. All presenters must be members of SECM.

Submit your proposal (250 words) as an e-mail attachment to the chair of the program committee, Dianne Lehmann Goldman [secm2016 -at-]. The deadline for proposals is September 15, 2015. Only one submission per author will be considered. Please provide a cover sheet and proposal in separate documents. The cover sheet should contain your name, e-mail address, phone number, and proposal title. The proposal should contain only the title, abstract, and audio-visual requirements. The committee’s decision will be announced in mid-October. Several period keyboard instruments will be available. For information, please contact local arrangements chair Guido Olivieri [olivieri -at-]. Students are encouraged to apply for the Sterling E. Murray Award for Student Travel; the application form and information may be found below. The application deadline is November 1, 2015. The SECM Student Paper Award will be given to a student member for an outstanding paper presented at the conference.

Call for Papers: NABMSA at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

A proposed North American British Music Studies Association (NABMSA) session at the annual conference of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) will have as its focus Anglo-American musics during the long eighteenth century.  The conference will occur Mar. 31-April 3 in Pittsburgh. We invite scholars from a wide variety of disciplines (musicology, historical ethnomusicology, history, literature, cultural studies, anthropology, economics, and folklore studies) to submit proposals that examine interrelationships between British and American music over this period. Building on recent postcolonial inquiry in musicology and British history, we seek to fashion a panel that will examine how music functions in the circulation of cultures, commodities, and identities across the Atlantic. Appropriate topics might include: British music in American and Caribbean colonies; influences of and references to colonial music in British musical life; postcolonial perspectives on British and American identities (gender, race, nation, religion, and class); transatlantic musical correlations between Britain and the United States in postcolonial and early Federal period; and intersections between Anglophone musics and those of other cultures. Three presenters will be selected through blind review of abstracts by a program committee consisting of scholars who specialize in Anglo-American music. We will entertain individual proposals as well as submissions of unified three-person panels. 

Please include your name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), contact information, and the title of your paper in the body of an email. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should include the title of the paper and no other identifying information. Please send abstracts as Microsoft Word attachments to by Friday, September 12.  

Call for Papers: The Music Profession in Britain 1780-1920: New Perspectives on Status and Identity

The Music Profession in Britain 1780-1920: New Perspectives on Status and Identity

The Open University in London, Camden, 14 September 2015

The idea of the music profession plays an important part in research into music’s cultural and social history, perhaps nowhere more so than the flourishing area of research into music in nineteenth-century Britain. Yet the profession, its meaning and its history remain as difficult to define in the twenty-first century as in the nineteenth. Cyril Ehrlich’s seminal 1985 book The Music Profession in Britain Since the Eighteenth Century: A Social History continues to occupy a central role in tracing the history of the profession, contributing a wealth of case studies and data. As Ehrlich’s work reaches its thirtieth anniversary in 2015, this day conference is intended to draw together strands of research which cast new light on the history of the music profession. The scope and historical time-frame are set broadly, in order to capture a wide variety of perspectives and draw together scholars with different backgrounds and expertise.

We warmly encourage proposals for 20-minute papers on topics of music history related to the theme of the conference.

Potential themes may include (but are not limited to):

–       Professional institutions and organisations

–       Professionals and amateurs

–       Career paths and portfolios

–       Gender, class and professional status

Abstracts of no more than 200 words, together with a short biography of no more than 100 words and details of AV requirements, should be submitted as a single email attachment to by 5.00pm on Wednesday 15 July.