2013 Call for Papers

Deadline: 15 January 2013

Music Theory Midwest is pleased to be holding its 24rd annual conference on April 26-27, 2013 at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK.

The Program Committee invites proposals for individual presentations on any area of music theory and analysis. Music Theory Midwest also has a tradition of encouraging papers on composers, musicians, or compositions celebrating significant anniversaries in the year of the conference and welcomes proposals for special sessions devoted to a particular topic. Among those with anniversaries in 2013 are Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi, Witold Lutoslawski and Benjamin Britten, and the millenary of Hermannus Contractus. The 100th anniversary of that succès de scandale, the first performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, will be approaching next April.

Please read the following instructions carefully. Submissions not conforming to these requirements will not be considered.

Papers should not have been previously presented at national conferences nor previously published. Only one proposal per submitter will be considered. Papers should be planned for presentation in twenty minutes, followed by ten minutes for questions. A proposal for an individual presentation consists of two separate parts:

  1. The cover letter should list the author's name and email address, the paper title, and any special equipment required for the presentation. If the submitter wishes to be considered for the Komar Award (see below), this should be indicated in the cover letter.

  2. The abstract should not exceed two pages (one-sided, no more than 25 lines per page, one-inch margins, font size comparable to Times 12pt including footnotes) and must be anonymous. Supplementary materials such as musical examples and diagrams may be included, but they should not exceed two additional pages. Please include the title in the header of the abstract.

Proposals should be submitted electronically. Electronic submissions are due on or before January 15, 2013. The cover letter information is entered directly into an online form. The abstract must be in .PDF  format. No other file formats will be accepted. Examples/diagrams may be included in the same .PDF file with the abstract, or sent as separate .PDF files; if multiple files are submitted, all should be submitted at the same time. Authors are responsible for producing files that will display and print clearly, and for ensuring that the files contain no indication of authorship (including file names and metadata). Submitters should proceed to http://www.mtmw.org/index.php/2013onlinesubmissions and follow the instructions.

If there are issues with electronic submission, contact the Program Chair < This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >.

Proposals for Special Sessions are encouraged. These are exempt from the page limit and will not be anonymous; the names of the organizer and all participants should be included in the proposal. Special Sessions should be unified in a way that is not normally characteristic of sessions assembled by the Program Committee from individually submitted papers. Anyone wishing to propose a Special Session is asked to contact the Program Chair via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. well in advance of the proposal deadline.

The Arthur J. Komar Award for best student paper will be presented at the conclusion of the meeting. Student presenters who wish to be considered for this award must identify this in their cover letters. For the purposes of this award, “student” status terminates with the receipt of a terminal degree or employment in a full-time position. Additional information about the Komar Award and a list of past recipients can be found at: http://www.mtmw.org/index.php/conferences/komar-recipients

Those submitting proposals will receive notice of the Program Committee's decision by early March, when the preliminary program for the conference is assembled. Those whose proposals are accepted will be asked at this time to submit a 250-word abstract suitable for publication in the program booklet. In some cases, the Program Committee may request that a presentation be given in a format other than the usual twenty-minute paper. Music Theory Midwest expects that those who submit proposals will be able to attend the conference. If at any time after submitting a proposal you learn that you will be unable to be present on April 26–27, 2013, please contact the Program Chair immediately to withdraw your proposal from consideration. Please do not wait until the Committee's decisions are announced; doing so could cause complications affecting the entire conference program.

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