Wednesday, December 14, 2011

IMR: Music and Shape conference (12-14 July 2012)

Music and Shape

12-14 July 2012


Senate House, University of London 


Call for Papers


/--Please see also the important note on accommodation at the end of this call for papers/--


Musicians habitually describe music as being shaped, especially when speaking of performance. This conference contributes to the AHRC-funded Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice and its project, based at King's College London, on 'Shaping Music in Performance' (, and is organised in collaboration with the Institute of Musical Research. The aim of the conference is to explore, from as many perspectives as possible, relationships between music and shape. Proposals for papers, sessions, lecture-recitals, research reports, soft-/hardware demonstrations, and posters will be welcomed from specialists in any discipline from the sciences, social sciences, humanities, engineering or performing arts that may be able to shed light on the creation, perception or reception of music (and especially musical performance) in relation to shape.

Following the conference, submissions will be invited to an edited, peer-reviewed book on music and shape.


Papers should last 20-30 minutes, research reports 10 minutes, and sessions 90 minutes. Lecture-recitals may last up to 45 minutes. The deadline for conference proposals is 19 December 2011. The conference programme will be published in February 2012.


Submissions should be made electronically in Word or PDF format to Please provide your name, postal and email addresses, and any institutional affiliation on the first page.

Start your proposal on the second page and write no more than 300 words.

State your audio-visual or other equipment or space requirements after your proposal. All proposals should fully and clearly describe the topic of the presentation and should include the following information:


     * Background

     * Research questions

     * Aims

     * Summary of content

     * Significance




The Music & Shape conference happens two weeks before the start of the Olympic Games. Accommodation in or near London will be hard to find and very expensive. 100 rooms have been reserved for the conference at Travelodge Euston (£109 per night) and King's Cross (£99). Please book as soon as possible via the Institute of Musical Research (, and in any case before 1 June 2012. No rooms can be booked after 1 June 2012.


A booking form for meals and registration will be published at the same time as the conference programme in February 2012.