Update – RMA-KVNM Symposium

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Update: due to ongoing restrictions on travel and meetings, it has been necessary to cancel the symposium. Selected submissions will be published as conference proceedings.

Location: Erasmus University Rotterdam
3-4 July 2020
No registration fee

Deadline 24 April 2020

Postgraduate research is a vital part of the musicological discipline and holds the potential to change engagements with music in new and important ways. With the recent broadening of music research, both within a range of university disciplines, as well as in conservatories and beyond, early career researchers have been engaging with a wider variety of approaches to and perspectives on the subject than before. Additionally, interdisciplinary approaches increasingly centralise music as a research topic.

The two oldest musicological organisations in the world, the UK’s Royal Musical Association (RMA) and the Netherlands’ Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis (KVNM), will bring together postgraduate researchers from the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK and beyond, with the aim of stimulating and developing national and international collaborations across the field. The two-day symposium will feature paper and poster presentations showcasing current research related to music in the broadest sense.

Proposals from MA students, PhDs, and early career researchers are encouraged from any discipline in which music-related research is carried out, including but not limited to all disciplines within musicology, music theory and analysis, performance studies, composition, music psychology, music history, organology, music education, media studies and any other field that engages with music research. The formats accepted are 7-minute papers, 15-minute papers, 20-minute performance-presentations (please note that the venue is, unfortunately, unable to provide instruments), and posters. The symposium will be held in English.

Abstracts of up to 250 words, along with AV, institution (optional), paper length, and a biography of up to 100 words should be sent to rmakvnmpostgradsymposium2020@gmail.com

The deadline for submissions is at 11:59 PM (GMT +1) on 24 April 2020.

RMA Travel Grant for UK-based students

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The RMA is offering a £250 travel grant to three UK-based students (studying at a UK institution) to support the attendance to the symposium. In order to apply for this grant, please submit a 300-word letter, along with your paper application, describing your research interests and how presenting at the symposium will help you develop your career.

Organising committee

  • Ashley Westmacott (RMA, University of West London)
  • Charissa Granger (Erasmus University)
  • Liselotte Podda (KVNM, Utrecht University)
  • Núria Bonet (RMA, University of Plymouth)
  • Sio Pan Leong (RMA, University of Edinburgh)
  • Sophie Mahar (RMA, Liverpool Hope University)
  • Tamar Hestrin-Grader (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; ACPA, Universiteit Leiden)
  • Veerle Driessen (KVNM, Radboud University)

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