Call for Papers


The Music Graduate Students Society (MGSS) of the Schulich School of Music at McGill University announces the call for papers for the 2009 McGill Music Graduate Symposium. 

Since 1986 the McGill Music Graduate Symposium has been dedicated to fostering research in all areas related to music, including but not limited to the following: communications, composition, ethnomusicology, music cognition, music education, music technology, music theory, musicology, performance (including lecture-recitals), and sound recording.

This year's keynote speaker is Steve Waksman, Professor of Music and American Studies at Smith College in Northampton, MA.  Professor Waksman is the award-winning author of Instruments of Desire: The Electric Guitar and the Shaping of Musical Experience (Harvard, 1999).  He will present ideas from his forthcoming book, This Ain't the Summer of Love: Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk (California, 2009).

Proposal abstracts should be emailed by 16 January 2009 and should not exceed 400 words.  Files (e.g., .doc, .odt, .txt) containing abstracts should be free of personal identification and appended as an attachment, as submissions will be judged anonymously. In the subject field of your email, please write: "Symposium Abstract Submission." Please provide the following in the body of the email:
- Name of author(s)
- Academic affiliation
- Email address and telephone number
- Audiovisual requirements for the presentation

Applicants will be notified of the program committee's decision via email by 02 February. Papers should be approximately 20 minutes in length, and lecture-recitals may be up to 40 minutes. A 10-minute question period will follow each presentation.

Proposal deadline: 16 January 2009
Submit proposals to: