2021 Conference CFP

Call for Participation


March 20-21, 2021

Dr. Jennifer Iverson (University of Chicago)
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Inessa Bazayev (Louisiana State University)
Graduate Student Workshop Leader

The program committee solicits proposals for presentations, special sessions, lecture-demonstrations, or panel discussions on any topic related to music theory, analysis, or music theory pedagogy. Proposals should be for the equivalent of 20- minute presentations or 60-minute special sessions. As part of the conference, graduate students are invited to apply for a workshop led by Dr. Inessa Bazayev.

11:59 PM EST DECEMBER 7, 2020

Confirmation of proposals received will be made electronically upon their receipt. Authors will be notified electronically of the Program Committee’s decision by January 1, 2021.

All accepted papers will be delivered virtually in a format suitable for online presentation, either as a pre-recorded video (20-minute time limit) or as a .pdf file (having an approximate word count of 2500 to 3000 words, with links to supplementary materials as appropriate). On Saturday and Sunday, March 20 and 21, 2021, MTSE will host a series of live webinars for the paper sessions that will feature a brief lightning talk by each presenter, followed by an extended question-and-answer period for discussion. Final versions of the videos or .pdfs will be due from all presenters by Monday, February 15, 2021. All presentations will then be posted by Monday, March 1 for advance viewing by those registered for the meeting.

SUBMISSION FORMAT: Proposals should be sent via e-mail as .pdf attachments. Put all cover letter information in the body of your e-mail, and attach the proposal (and any supplementary materials) as a separate .pdf file. No other electronic format will be accepted. Please be sure that your name does not appear in the .pdf file, even as metadata. Individuals may submit no more than one proposal. Send submissions to the MTSE Secretary (Adrian Childs) at mtseproposals@gmail.com with the subject line: “MTSE 2021 Proposal.” Include the following in your e-mail:

  1. A proposal of no more than 500 words, including any footnotes or endnotes. (Each mathematical equation may be counted as one word.) A maximum of four pages of supplementary materials (such as musical examples, diagrams, and selected bibliography) may be appended; these pages will not be counted within the 500-word limit, but captions should be brief, not appreciably augmenting either the word count or the proposal’s content. The proposal and supplementary materials should be included in a single .pdf attachment.
    The proposal must include the title of the paper but exclude the author’s name and any other identifying information. References to the author’s own work must occur in the third person. Proposals for panel discussions or other special session formats should include individual proposals for each segment of the session, along with a separate session proposal (no more than 500 words) that explains the overall content and organization.
  2. A cover letter, written as the body of your e-mail, that includes the author’s name, paper title(s), institutional affiliation or city of residence, phone number(s), and e-mail address. (Special sessions or panel discussions should also include a list of all participants, along with their contact information.)

IRNA PRIORE PRIZE FOR STUDENT RESEARCH: The Society will present an award for the best student presentation at the 2021 meeting. To be eligible for consideration, interested students should identify themselves in the cover letter and, if their proposals are accepted, must submit their video or .pdf by the February 15, 2021 deadline. Winners from previous years are ineligible.

GRADUATE STUDENT WORKSHOP: Students in music theory and related fields may submit, via e-mail, a 200-word statement detailing their interest in the workshop (a 90-minute live webinar to be held on Sunday morning, March 21). In addition, we ask that a faculty member at your own or another institution send the program chair a brief e-mail confirming your enrollment in a degree program in music theory (or related field) and vouching for your ability to work collegially and willingness to participate actively in the workshop. Please apply to attend the Graduate Student Workshop by February 15, by sending an e-mail to the Program Committee Chair (Robert Komaniecki) at robert-komaniecki@uiowa.edu with the subject line “MTSE 2021 Workshop.”

Program Committee:
Robert Komaniecki, Chair (University of Iowa)
Joseph Kraus, MTSE President (Florida State University)
Rachel Lumsden (Florida State University)
Sam Reenan, 2020 Irna Priore Prize for Student Research Winner (Eastman School of Music)
Mark Richardson (East Carolina University)
Benjamin Wadsworth (Kennesaw State University)
Allison Wente (Elon University)

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