Call for Papers: 2017 Combined Conference of the New Zealand Musicological Society and the Musicological Society of Australia (No. 40): ‘Performing History’. 

December 8-10,
Conference Centre, Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries, the University of Auckland

In what sense are musical works, and writings about music, witnesses to the past? Theories of performativity set one thinking about the broader implications of communicating about, and through, music. Scholars, composers, and performers construct or perform relationships between history and music. This conference celebrates the manifold modes by which they do so, through writing, analysing, editing, teaching, composing, and not least through making music.

Conference presentations may take one of the following forms:

Formal conference presentations (20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for questions) Interactive workshops (30 minutes) Lecture demonstrations/lecture recitals (20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for questions) Panel sessions (up to three participants and 90 minutes in duration) Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be uploaded a Word attachment at

Proposals for panel sessions should include abstracts for individual papers (where applicable), as well as a proposal for the session itself (up to 250 words each).

Please also include a title, and supply five keywords below your abstract. As abstracts will be screened anonymously by the selection committee, please omit your name from the Word file. In the body of your e-mail you should include your full name, your status (salaried permanent university staff member/student/private researcher/professional musician), your institutional affiliation where appropriate, and your home town/country.

Details for the student paper competition and keynote speakers will be announced shortly.

Deadline for proposals: 15 May 2017

Contact: Nancy November (n.november -at-


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