Friday, 20 March 2009

CFP: Systemic Musicology 2009 (Ghent, Belgium)


Important dates:
Submission of papers: May 29, 2009
Notification of paper acceptance: August 17, 2009
Camera-ready submissions: October 9, 2009
SysMus 2009: November 18-20, 2009

All research involving meaning, description, and technological mediation of music can be related to musicology. However, the complexity of musical engagement in socio-cultural contexts engenders different networks of research and knowledge, with distinct interdisciplinary configurations, methods and specializations. Systematic musicology specifically deploys this methodological diversity so as to approach each musicological question with a distinct configuration of methods. In doing so, systematic musicology often bridges methodological foundations of sciences with the critical analysis from humanities. It promotes the study of aesthetics, semiotics, and cultural studies by incorporating empirical and data-oriented methods into the methodological framework. It relies on paradigms from different disciplines as diverse as the philosophy of aesthetics, theoretical sociology, semiotics, and music criticism, combined with strategies derived from empirical psychology, acoustics, physiology, neurosciences, cognitive sciences, computing, and others.

Unfortunately, the concentration of efforts on methodological diversity and broad re-search questions may lead students to superficial discussions, disconnected results or research that is alienated from the musical matter. One of the biggest challenges for researchers in systematic musicology, therefore, is to learn how to deal with the inter-disciplinary nature inherent to their own field. Several questions are raised by this problem:

- How to guide yourself through innumerable methods, resources, and uncertain methodological pathways?
- How to design and execute interdisciplinary research?
- How to communicate with our partners: engineers, psychologists, and musicians?
- How to build an active network of collaborations within this interdisciplinary field?

These questions, together with courses in presentation and conference skills, will be addressed in SysMus09.


Submissions are solicited for spoken research papers or posters related to any subdiscipline of systematic musicology. Suggested topic areas include, but are not limited to:

Acoustics and psychoacoustics
Cognitive musicology
Composition and improvisation
Computer Music
Cross-cultural studies of music
Mediation technology
Memory and music
Multimodal Interfaces
Music and emotions
Music and evolution
Music and language
Music and meaning
Music and movement
Music and neuroscience
Music education
Music performance
Music therapy
Musical development
Musical timbre
Pitch and tonal perception
Rhythm, meter, and timing
Social psychology of music

Short papers in English (max. 2 pages) should be submitted on the conference website ( and must be presented in one of the two formats: oral presentations or posters. The templates required for formatting papers and posters will be available at the same address. There will be a double-blind review process by a committee composed of advanced PhD students.

Wishing you welcome in Ghent in 2009!

Organizing Committee - SysMus09
Director: Luiz Naveda
Co-Director: Prof. Marc Leman

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