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 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.

The final conference programme can be found here.

The conference is conceived as a hub of interaction where people can meet and discuss work informally as well as formally. As such, you are warmly welcome, regardless of whether you are presenting a paper. All previous RMA MPSG conferences have had many more delegates attending in an informal capacity than those presenting papers.

Registration is now closed. Please send any enquiries about registration to:

This is our first biennial conference: previous events have been annual. With this change in timing, we have changed the overall format in order to continue our mission to maximise diversity and inclusivity, whilst upholding the highest scholarly standards. The RMA MPSG 2017 Conference will feature five types of sessions:

  • Keynote sessions, featuring invited speakers: Martha Feldman and Jerrold Levinson
  • Roundtable sessions feature responses to the work of Roger Scruton and Jean-Luc Nancy
  • Associates sessions are hosted by other organisations with related interests
  • Themed sessions are organised by individual session convenors, who selected papers themselves
  • Free sessions are made up of papers submitted to an open, unthemed, call for papers

Calls for papers for all types of session are now closed.

Keynote Sessions:

We are pleased to announce that our distinguished keynote speakers for 2017 will be Martha Feldman and Jerrold Levinson.

Roundtable Sessions

The conference will feature two exciting roundtable sessions consisting of responses to the work of individual authors.

  • Responses to Jean-Luc Nancy; this session will feature a video address from Nancy and respondents to include Julian Johnson as well as Naomi-Waltham Smith.
    Convened and chaired by Tomas McAuley.
  • Responses to Roger Scruton’s new book on Wagner, The Ring of Truth; this session will feature Roger Scruton, Paul Boghossian, John Deathridge and Andreas Dorschel.
    Convened and chaired by Andrew Huddleston.

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 delighted to feature sessions hosted by the following organisations:

The topic and format of these sessions has been left open to the hosting organisation.

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

Free sessions are comprised of papers submitted to a general call for papers (submissions now closed). So long as there was a clear connection to the area of music and philosophy, free paper submissions were assessed without recourse to thematic considerations.


For reasonably priced accommodation, we recommend booking an unused dormitory at University Rooms.
Rooms in the vicinity of Bloomsbury are all approximately twenty minutes by foot to King’s College London’s Strand Campus; for those lodging farther afield, please note that the nearest tube station is Temple (on the District and Circle lines).
Please note that this service is available to all visitors – not just students – and that there is no special conference rate attributed to participation at #MPSG2017 (they will only be confused if asked!).