MPSG 2017

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

Department of Music and Department of Philosophy, King’s College London, Thursday and Friday, 13-14 July 2017

The RMA Music and Philosophy Study Group’s biennial conference, for which the Call for Papers has now closed, 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.

We are pleased to announce that for 2017 we will feature two distinguished keynote speakers!

With the move to biennial conferences, we have changed the overall format in order to continue our mission to maximise diversity and inclusivity, whilst upholding the highest scholarly standards. The 2017 RMA MPSG Conference will feature three types of session:

  • Associates sessions are hosted by other organisations with related interests.
  • Themed sessions are organised by individual session convenors, who issued individual calls for papers on a specific topic, and selected papers themselves (in conjunction with the central programme committee).
  • Free sessions consist of papers submitted to an open, unthemed, call for papers.

In addition to these sessions, there will be two plenary debates with invited speakers, one at the start of the conference and one at its close. All other conference time will be devoted to Associates, Themed, and Free Sessions.

Associates Sessions

We are pleased to feature sessions hosted by the following organisations:

  • Society for Must Theory (SMT): Rethinking the Language of Music Theory: Concepts, Objects, History – OPEN for submissions!
  • The RMA’s Music and/as Process Study Group
  • The Performance Philosophy Research Network
  • The Institute for Musical Research’s Critical Theory for Musicology Study Group
  • …and others, to be announced shortly!

Related organisations, including scholarly societies and study groups, were warmly invited to host a session at the conference. The topic and organisation of such sessions was left to the hosting organisation: sessions feature invited speakers or issued a call for papers, and use multiple formats. The call for new Associates Sessions is now closed.

Themed Sessions

Submissions for our Themed Sessions are now closed. We would also like to remind scholars that, as part of our mission to maximise diversity and inclusivity, successful participants will only be allowed to present one paper at the conference.

Free Sessions

Proposal submissions for free sessions are now CLOSED.

So long as there is a clear connection to the area of music and philosophy, submissions will be assessed without recourse to thematic considerations. Please note that – due to our desire to include as many scholars and students as possible – no person may appear on the programme more than once.

Reasonably priced university accommodation will be available. Please keep an eye on this space for further announcements!