Call for Papers and Participation

Deadline Extended: January 20, 2017, 11:59 PM
Conference Dates: May 5–6, 2017
Location: Brandeis University; Waltham, MA (Boston)

The Brandeis Musicology Graduate Student Society is pleased to welcome submissions for our 2017 conference. Under the broadly construed rubric of Music and Meaning, we seek to explore current approaches to "how music means." Possible areas of research include, but are not limited to: musical hermeneutics; topic theory; expressivity in/of music; music as narrative; semiotic approaches to music; tonal allegory; psychoanalysis and music; philosophy of/in/and music; and music cognition.

Elaine Sisman, James Hepokoski, and Byron Almén will deliver keynote addresses, and the conference will open with an analysis workshop led by Dr. Hepokoski: "The Russian Piano Concerto at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century."

Abstracts not in excess of 500 words will be reviewed for 20-minute paper presentations followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Proposals may include up to four additional pages of musical examples and should be submitted as a single .pdf file free of any content identifying the author. The file name should be the title of the paper. Please include your name, the title of your paper, institutional affiliation, program of study and position therein, email address, telephone number, and any audio/visual requirements in the body of your email.

Applicants for participation in the workshop must demonstrate a working knowledge of the fundamentals of Sonata Theory (Hepokoski and Darcy, 2006). A brief narrative and/or up to four pages of musical examples representing a basic analysis of a single sonata movement should be submitted as a single .pdf file in a separate email from paper proposals. Please include your name, institutional affiliation, program of study and position therein, email address, and telephone number in your document. Workshop participants will be chosen at random from the pool of qualified applicants.

All participants should plan to attend the full two days of the conference. There is no registration fee.

Please send all submissions and questions to