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Call for Participation

Proposal Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017

The program committee invites proposals for paper presentations, posters, and lecture recitals. Paper presentations will be 20 minutes, with 10 minutes for discussion. Lecture recitals will be 20–25 of lecture and performance, leaving 5–10 minutes for discussion. Topics that we are particularly interested in include, but are not limited to:

  • Topics about Bernstein, particularly as a public intellectual
  • Teaching music outside of the academy (retirement homes, prisons, etc.)
  • The role of analysis in music copyright lawsuits
  • Historical perspectives on public music discourse
  • Talking to audiences
  • The state of music cognitive research, particular as regards the non-expert listener
  • The role of technology in public music discourse (podcasts, videocasts, blogs, etc.)
  • Comic representations of music discourse (memes, etc.)
  • Program notes
  • Music journalism
  • Talking to our colleagues in the academy outside of music

Submit an anonymous proposal of no more than 500 words as an email attachment to J. Daniel Jenkins.

In the body of the email, please include the author’s name, paper title, institutional affiliation or city of residence, phone number(s), and email address, and indicate whether the proposal is for a paper, poster or lecture recital. Please put “Public Music Discourse” in the subject line. Submissions will be acknowledged by email only. Questions? Contact Daniel Jenkins.

The Public Music Discourse will meet jointly with Music Theory Southeast. For their Call for Papers, visit