6th Conference of the Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group

Closing date for submissions: Thursday 8 December 2016

13-14 July 2017


King’s College London

Due to technical problems to which we have only just recently been alerted, the conference e-mail account has not been receiving messages since mid-October. Special thanks to our website editor Oren Vinogradov for restoring the account at short notice. We're pleased to confirm that the account is now back up and running. *If you submitted a proposal before 1 December, we kindly request that you resubmit it to the same address conference2017 -at- musicandphilosophy.ac.uk before the deadline on Thursday.* Please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience and we look forward to considering your proposals.

For Free Sessions, we invite proposals 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, raucous and refined, 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) are especially welcome.

Proposals are invited for:

  • individual papers (20 minutes) – up to 350 words
  • collaborative papers (up to 30 minutes) – up to 500 words
  • paper sessions of three or four individual (20-minute) papers addressing a single topic – up to 350 words per paper plus 350 words outlining the rationale for the session (please note, these are different from Themed Sessions, for which the Call for Papers has closed)
  • Lecture recitals (30 minutes) – up to 350 words

Reasonably priced university accommodation will be available.

The Free Sessions Call for Papers may be consulted in full on our webpage



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