Call for Presentations: Third Annual Student Conference in Research in Music

Friday, May 25, 2018 – Erasmus University Rotterdam

Sponsors: Dept. of Arts and Culture Studies (EUR), IASPM Benelux and VNPF

On May 25th, 2018, we will hold our third annual student conference on music research at Erasmus University Rotterdam. This one-day event will offer a series of panels presented by students at all levels of their academic career. At the end of the day, we will also announce the prize for the winners of the BA and MA Popular Music Thesis Award, organized and presented by IASPM Benelux and VNPF (Vereniging Nederlandse Pop Podia en Festivals). Finally, Dr. Renee Timmers (University of Sheffield) will give a keynote on Synchronisation and Communication in Ensemble Performance, followed by a ‘demonstration’ by Jaco van den Dool.

Paper presentations

We invite students of all levels from BA, MA and PhD to participate in our conference. We highlight the role that music performs in contemporary society, in all of its diversity and breadth. We encourage presentations covering a broad range of subjects from the careers of practicing musicians to the changing aesthetics of musical creativity, from new media applications in music to gender inequalities in the music industries. We intentionally encourage combinations of disciplinary and genre boundaries as one of the primary goals of this conference is to allow students greater contact with each other’s research. We also welcome a variety of disciplinary perspectives from sociological and ethnomusicological to music business and informal learning studies. Finally, we welcome students who use a variety of methodological approaches from musicology to quantitative analyses, and everything in between. In this way, we hope to strengthen the contributions of new ways of examining classical and popular music scholarship in the Benelux. Ultimately, we hope to share insights with each other to promote greater contact between our various specializations and to make visible the important role that all forms of music (research) has for contemporary society.

Submit your abstract

If you are interested in participating, please submit an abstract of your research related to (popular) music by April 15, 2018. Your abstract should contain the following: your full name, education level (BA, MA or PhD), major and department, name of academic institution, email, the title of your abstract, and a short summary of your research (about 300 words), all in 12-point font. Presentations will be in English and last 15-20 minutes. Please send your abstracts to both Dr. Kristin McGee and Dr. Pauwke Berkers at: and If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
To keep the event student budget-friendly, there will be no fee for student presenters.

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