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RMA Research Students' Conference 2013 - Call for Papers and Works

Published: 4 May 2012

The Royal Musical Association's Annual Research Students’ Conference will take place at the University of Southampton from 3 to 5 January 2013. We invite postgraduate students to submit proposals for individual papers and new musical works. Proposals should be submitted according to the following guidelines, by the deadline 29 October 2012.

1) Individual papers on any aspect of music research (up to 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion). Presentations can include a live performance element or use recorded electronic music, however, you will be expected to provide instrumentalists and repertoire. Submissions should consist of a title and an abstract of max. 200 words. All abstracts for papers should fully and clearly describe the topic of the presentation and include the following information: background, research questions, aims, summary of content and significance.

2) New works (max. 6 minutes) for an open workshop with members of the Workers Union Ensemble ( The line-up available is: saxophone (soprano & alto); grand piano (limited preparations permitted); and percussion (marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, snare drum, two bongos, two congas, two tom-toms, kick drum, hi-hat, suspended cymbal, shaker). The use of recorded or live electronics is encouraged and the following kit will be provided: quadrophonic speaker set-up; microphones; a laptop running Logic, Supercollider and Max/MSP. Composers may bring their own laptops, a MOTU firewire interface will be provided. Scores will be accepted in all formats (e.g. conventional notation, graphic, text-based).

The deadline for submission of abstracts and compositions is Monday 29 October 2012. Please email abstracts to, and post scores and parts to Dr Ben Oliver at the address below. A cover sheet should be supplied with the following information: name; postal and email address; institutional affiliation; AV requirements; and any other special requests. The conference programme and registration forms will be released in November 2012.

The keynote address will be given by Prof. Kofi Agawu (Princeton University), alongside a special address by Prof. Mark Everist (University of Southampton, President of the RMA). The conference will feature workshops on Postdoctoral Opportunities, Getting Published, RMA Activities, Funding Proposals and on Writing CVs and Job Applications.


General conference enquiries:

Dr Florian Scheding (Call for Papers)

Dr Ben Oliver (Call for Works)

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