MPSG 2019


The 7th biennial conference of the Music and Philosophy Study Group

Thursday 11th and Friday 12th July 2019Strand Campus, King’s College London

Invited keynote speakers are
Professor Jenefer Robinson
Professor Alexander García Düttmann
Professor Julian Johnson

2019 Biennial Conference:
Call for

7th Conference of the Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group  

Department of Music and Department of Philosophy
Strand Campus, King’s College London
Thursday and Friday, 11–12 July 2019

The RMA Music and Philosophy Study Group warmly invites session and paper proposals for this two-day international conference, to be held in London on 11–12 July 2019. The event will offer an opportunity for those with an interest in music and philosophy to share and discuss work, in the hope of furthering dialogue in this area. Following the success of last year’s format, we will run three types of session:

Call for Associates Sessions 
Related organisations, including scholarly societies, study groups and institutional departments, are warmly invited to host a session at the conference. The topic and organisation of such sessions is left to the host: sessions may feature invited speakers. All formats will be considered.

If you would like to be involved in this way, please upload your session abstract and the abstracts of and information about all contributors to the Associates Sessions form by 15 December 2018:

Submitted paper abstracts may be up to 350 words (if an individual paper of 20 minutes), up to 500 words (if a collaborative paper of 30 minutes), and abstracts outlining the rationale for the session may be up to 350 words.

Call for Free Sessions 

We invite submissions 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, 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) would be especially welcomed.

Proposals are invited for:

  • individual papers (20 minutes) – up to 350 words
  • collaborative papers (30 minutes) – up to 500 words
  • lecture recitals (30 minutes) – up to 350 words

Please submit proposals by 15 December 2018 using the Free Sessions form.

All submissions to the Free Sessions and Associates Sessions will be considered by blind review by the programme committee:

Dr Jeremy Coleman (University of Aberdeen)
Dr Andrew Huddleston (Birkbeck, University of London)
Professor Derek Matravers (Open University)
Dr Matthew Pritchard (University of Leeds)
Friedlind Riedel (Bauhaus-University Weimar)
Professor Martin Stokes (King’s College London)
Dr Férdia Stone-Davis (University of Cambridge)
Dr Naomi Waltham-Smith (University of Warwick)

Please contact our chair Férdia Stone-Davis with any queries about the call for papers. All proposals must be submitted via the website. If you encounter difficulties uploading your abstract please contact our web administrator.

Reasonably priced university accommodation will be available.


Submissions to one of the Themed Sessions must be send to the session convener via email directly by 21 December 2018. Please refer to the CFP for further details.

Please submit proposals for an Associates Session by
15 December 2018 using the Associates Sessions form.

Please submit proposals for a Free Session by
15 December 2018 using the Free Sessions form.

All proposals must be submitted via the website. Please make sure that there is nothing in your abstract that could identify you, such as your name or reference to your own work, to help us ensure that all paper submissions can be considered by blind review. Please be aware that you will not receive a confirmation email after submission. You will however see a confirmation screen once you have pressed “submit” at the end of the form. If you encounter difficulties uploading your abstract please contact our web administrator.

Please contact our chair Férdia Stone-Davis with any queries about the call for papers.



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