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 Music Theory (SMT): Rethinking the Language of Music Theory: Concepts, Objects, History
  • The RMA’s Music and/as Process Study Group
  • The Performance Philosophy Research Network
  • The Institute for Musical Research (IMR) Critical Theory for Musicology Study Group
  • American Musicological Society (AMS) Music and Philosophy Study Group

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

Themed Sessions

Please find below further details of each session, including the original call for papers for each session, as well as speakers and paper titles, as they become available.

Submissions for our Themed Sessions are now closed.

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 as part of our mission to maximise diversity and inclusivity, successful participants may only appear on the programme once.

Roundtable Sessions

In addition to the Associates, Themed and Free Sessions, we are pleased that the 2017 conference will also feature some exciting roundtable discussion panels consisting of “responses” to individual authors:

  • Responses to Jean-Luc Nancy- further details to follow!
  • Responses to Roger Scruton’s new book on Wagner, The Ring of Truth; featuring Roger Scruton, Andreas Dorschel, John Deathridge and chaired by Andrew Huddleston.

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