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Call For Papers

Society for Music Theory

Deadline: January 17, 2012


The thirty-fifth Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, from Thursday, 1 November, to Sunday, 4 November. We will meet jointly with the American Musicological Society (AMS) and the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM). This Call for Papers is also available as a pdf file.

General submission guidelines: Proposals on any topic related to music theory are invited. The SMT welcomes submissions as long as they do not represent work that has already been published in peer-reviewed publications (print or electronic). Papers that have been read at national or international meetings in a related discipline (e.g., music perception and cognition, semiotics, popular music, etc.) will be considered.

Single-author and joint-author papers: Submissions for papers must include:

  • A proposal of no more than 500 words, including any footnotes or endnotes. A maximum of four pages of supplementary materials (such as musical examples, diagrams, and selected bibliography) may be appended; these pages will not be counted within the 500-word limit. With regard to the 500-word limit, one mathematical equation may be counted as one word. The proposal must include the title of the paper but exclude the author’s name and any other identifying information. References to the author’s own work must occur in the third person.
  • Identification and contact information as requested on the submission web site, including the name, postal address, e-mail address, and telephone number of the author(s), as well as the rank and institutional affiliation, if any.
  • A list of all required equipment (such as piano or LCD projector) other than the sound system and CD player that will be available for all presenters. Presenters must provide their own computers, cables, and adaptors. The Society cannot provide internet access for presentations.
  • Proposals must adhere to these guidelines to be considered. Papers will be allocated forty-five minutes each, thirty for the paper and fifteen for the discussion. Please do not submit abstracts at this time.

Poster sessions: Proposals for poster sessions should follow the guidelines for submission of papers. The Committee may recommend that a paper proposal be transformed into a poster session, although the author may decline.

SMT special sessions and events of unusual format: Proposals for SMT special sessions and events of unusual format, such as analysis symposia or panel discussions, are also welcome. Special sessions are “special” in the sense that the proposed session as a whole is designed by the submitters and not by the Program Committee. The Committee reserves the right to consider separately each paper in a special session proposal and program accordingly, with or without the other papers from that proposed session. Proposals for SMT special sessions must include:

  • A session proposal of no more than 500 words.
  • An itemization of special equipment needed and/or invited speakers, support for which will depend on funds available.
  • Individual proposals for all segments that comprise the special session. These should follow, where possible, the guidelines for paper proposals, including the preservation of authors’ anonymity.

Proposals may be for special sessions of ninety minutes or three hours. Proposals for special sessions of unusual format may be exempted from certain of these guidelines. To discuss the possibility of such exemptions, those wishing to propose special sessions must contact the Program Committee chair (see below) no later than January 1, 2012.

Joint sessions: For this special meeting, the Program Committees of the AMS, SEM, and SMT enthusiastically invite proposals for joint sessions, bringing together participants from across the societies. These may take the form of a joint session paper panel or a joint session of alternative format. Guidelines for both are set out below.

A joint session paper panel is a session that includes a balance of participants from two or three societies and in which multiple approaches, methodologies, or framing discourses are presented. Joint session proposals will be considered as a unit by the relevant program committees for AMS, SEM and SMT, and will be programmed only if accepted by those committees. Proposals must include (1) a session rationale, (2) abstracts for each paper on the session, and (3) a list of equipment needed for the papers. The session rationale must identify the home society of each participant. Paper abstracts included in a joint session proposal are components of the session proposal as a whole, and will not be considered for individual presentation. All proposals will be evaluated anonymously and should contain no direct or indirect signal of authorship. Maximum length: 350 words for the rationale, and 350 words for each constituent paper.

Joint session papers will be allocated thirty minutes each, twenty minutes for the paper and ten minutes for discussion. Proposals may be for sessions of ninety minutes or two hours. Proposals may also be for a session of three hours, which in addition to a maximum of four paper proposals may include one or two respondents.

Joint sessions of alternative format, that is, other than paper panels, are also encouraged. In AMS terms these are “alternative formats” including, but not limited to, sessions combining performance and scholarship, sessions discussing an important publication, sessions featuring debate on a controversial issue, and sessions devoted to discussion of papers posted online before the meeting; in SEM terms, these are roundtables, workshops, and film/ videos; and in SMT terms, these are special sessions and events of unusual format. Proposals for alternative format joint sessions should outline the intellectual content of the session, the individuals who will take part and their home society, and the structure of the session. As with the joint session paper panels, joint sessions of alternative format should include a balance of participants from two or three societies. Proposals will be considered as a unit by the relevant program committees for AMS, SEM and SMT, and will be programmed only if accepted by those committees. Proposals may be for sessions of ninety minutes, two, or three hours. Maximum length: 500 words.

Proposals for joint session paper panels and joint sessions of alternative format will be submitted via a shared web site, to be announced closer to the submission deadline.

AMS presenters please note: the “two-year rule” will be waived for joint sessions, and therefore anyone may submit a paper proposal for a joint session in 2012, including those who presented at the AMS Annual Meeting in 2011.

Joint session proposals will be evaluated anonymously by members of the AMS, SEM and SMT program committees.


  • No one may appear on the New Orleans program more than twice.
  • An individual may submit to SMT no more than one paper proposal as a sole author and no more than one paper proposal as a joint author.
  • Authors may not submit the same proposal to more than one of the three program committees (AMS, SEM, or SMT).
  • If an author submits different proposals to the AMS, SEM, or SMT, and more than one is accepted, only one of the papers may be presented.

Submission procedure: All proposals from SMT members must be submitted electronically on the SMT 2012 Proposals submissions page. Log in to the SMT web site first to access the page. After you log in, click on the link "SMT 2012 Proposals," found on the left hand side of the page (this link will be after the text "Log in" and "My SMT Profile"). Non-members may submit by email or mail with this form for individual proposals and this form for special sessions. Proposals for joint sessions should be submitted here. Note also that rejected SMT proposals will remain anonymous; only the SMT Executive Director, in mailing out acceptance and rejection letters, will know the identity of those authors.

Deadline: Proposals must be received by 5 p.m., EST, Tuesday, 17 January 2012. No proposals will be accepted after this deadline. In order to avoid technical problems with submission of a proposal, it is strongly suggested that proposals be submitted at least 24 hours before the deadline.

Program committee: Jocelyn Neal, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (chair); Harald Krebs, University of Victoria (ex officio); Michael Buchler, Florida State University; Peter Martens, Texas Tech University; Jan Miyake, Oberlin College Conservatory; Stephen Peles, University of Alabama; Philip Rupprecht, Duke University.

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