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NZ Musicological Society Conference – Call for papers

May 26 @ 5:00 pm


2024 Annual Meeting of the New Zealand Musicological Society

Musicology Matters Today Saturday 7th — Monday 9th December, 2024

New Zealand School of Music—Te Kōkī,
Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

Keynote address: Emeritus Professor Peter Walls
Public concert opportunity: Orchestra Wellington, “A Modern Hero”

Deadline for proposals: Sunday 26th May, 2024

The past few years have been challenging for musicology in New Zealand and around the world. This conference aims to affirm the importance of musicology and establish credible pathways for its future.

Questions related to the conference theme might include:

  • How is musicology in Aotearoa promoting knowledge and rewards for performers,composers, and listeners?
  • How can tertiary music programmes articulate their worth in non-financial terms?
  • What new pedagogical and research approaches might widen musicology’s appeal and contribution?
  • How is musicology moving forward in its research involving place, race and gender?
  • How might musicology’s engagement with the past be reconceptualised in forward-looking terms?
  • How is musicology building its relevance to other musical and broader disciplines and practices? How can these relationships be deepened?
  • What challenges does musicology face in an increasingly digital and online world, especially given the social and physical foundations of music and its performance?

All music research is welcome, with a suggested coda of commentary or points of meta- cognition allied with any of the conference questions. We also welcome abstracts from disciplines outside of music where the paper has a music focus and relevance to the conference theme.

Conference presentations may take the following forms:

  • Formal conference papers (20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for questions and discussion)
  • Interactive workshops (30 minutes)
  • Lecture recitals and demonstrations (20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for questions anddiscussion)
  • Panel sessions (30 minutes per participant. May be proposed by applicants or academic committee.)

This year’s conference will be live and in-person. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent in PDF format to conference point of contact, Hamish Robb: hamish.robb@vuw.ac.nz (deadline: 26th May, 2024)

Proposals for panel sessions should include abstracts for individual papers (where applicable) as well as a proposal for the overall session.The submitted file should have a filename as follows: LASTNAME_first_few_words_of_title.pdf

Please include a title and up to five keywords beneath your abstract. Please omit your name and other identifying information from the text of your document. In the body of the email, include your full name, status (academic staff, postgraduate student, independent scholar, etc.) and institutional affiliation where appropriate, and your place of residence.

Details for the student paper competition will be announced shortly.

The academic committee consists of:
Hamish Robb (Victoria University of Wellington),
Chair Peter Adams (University of Otago)
Allan Badley (University of Auckland)
Nick Braae (Waikato Institute of Technology)
Gregory Camp (University of Auckland)
Sunhee Koo (University of Auckland)
Nancy November (University of Auckland)
Polly Sussex (Independent Scholar, Auckland)
Francis Yapp (University of Canterbury)


May 26
5:00 pm
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