Graduate Student Music Conferences

December 1, 2008 at 9:10 pm 2 comments

For the good of the nation, I’ve collated all incoming CFPs for graduate-student organized conferences.  I’m sure there will be more…

I’d like to note that I’m particularly impressed by those schools that are also running CFCs (call for compositions).  This is something our group of grad students has discussed for years, and may still pursue.  However, being a department of music and not a school of music, we have no performance majors (undergrad or grad) on which to draw.  We’ve alternatively thought about going with purely electronic music…  Anyway, I’d be curious to hear from people on program those schools where compositions are a component of their conference to hear about their experiences with CFCs.

I encourage all graduate students out there to apply to these conferences.  There is a wide range of topics so far this year, and I’m sure there will be more.  If you haven’t given a paper before, in my experience, grad student conferences are a great place to jump in.  Plus, giving a paper at any one of these means you’ll get to interact with their keynote about your own work–a nice bonus!  (Stay tuned to find out who our exciting speaker will be!)  And if aren’t going to submit a paper because you are either no longer qualified (aka PhD’ed) or just to hard at work on that next chapter (aka Ryan), I hope you’ll at least show up to one or more of these conferneces–especially if you live in the vacinity.

The following CFPs are organized by proposal submission deadline (because that’s how I roll):

Deadline: December 12, 2008

Conversations 2009
Michigan Interdisciplinary Music Society, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
February 13–14, 2009
Keynote: Berthold Hoeckner, University of Chicago

Deadline: December 20, 2008

Theorizing the Space Between
University of Alberta Graduate Music Students Association
March 6-8, 2009

Deadline: January 1, 2009

Midwest Graduate Music Consortium
Northwestern University
April 3–4, 2009
Keynote: Annegret Fauser, UNC-Chapel Hill
Also see their group on Facebook: MGMC 2009

Deadline: January 1st, 2009

“Music and Memory”
GAMMA-UT, the Graduate Association of Music and Musicians at UT
University of Texas, Austin
March 7th, 2009
Keynote: Aaron Fox, Columbia University

Deadline: January 5, 2009

Graduate Music Forum, Harvard University
March 7, 2009
Keynote: TBA

Deadline: January 9th, 2009

Boston University Music Society, Annual Graduate Student Music Conference
March 28, 2009
Keynote: Kiri Miller, Brown University

Deadline: January 16, 2009

Contemporary Music : Contemporary Issues
Buffalo Graduate Student Symposium on Music
March 27-28, 2009
Keynote: Suzanne Cusick, NYU

Deadline: January 16, 2009

McGill Graduate Students Society Symposium
March 13-15, 2009
Keynote: Steve Waksman, Smith College

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  • 1. Ryan Raul Bañagale  |  December 2, 2008 at 7:54 am

    Here’s one a friend at Penn sent me, the deadline is Thursday:

    Per Speculum in Mediaevum: Discourses of Mirroring in the Middle Ages
    University of Pennsylvania
    Deadline: 4 December 2008
    6-7 February 2009
    Keynote: Marina Brownlee, Princeton University
    Send submissions to:

  • 2. Ryan Raul Bañagale  |  December 11, 2008 at 8:08 am

    Here’s another one from Penn:

    CFP: “Emergence, Rupture, Transformation” 2/26/09
    extended deadline: Dec 15th

    The Graduate Humanities Forum of the University of Pennsylvania invites submissions for its 9th annual conference: “Emergence, Rupture, Transformation.” The one-day interdisciplinary conference will take place on Thursday, February 26th at Penn in conjunction with the Humanities Forum’s 2008-9 topic: Change. This year’s keynote speaker is Stephen Greenblatt, Cogan University Professor of Humanities, Harvard University.

    Submissions are invited for the following four panel sessions: 1) Subjectivity, 2) Genre, 3) “Around 1800”, 4) Evidence

    For further information, visit:


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