Call for Papers: Fourth Annual Student Conference – Research in Music

Monday –  27 May 2019

Department of Arts and Culture Studies, Utrecht University

Theater – grote zaal, Kromme Nieuwegracht 20


Dept. of Arts and Culture Studies (UU), Hucbald, KVNM (Royal Society for Music History of the Netherlands), the International Association for the Study of Popular Music Benelux, and VNPF.

On 27 May 2019, we will hold our fourth student conference on music research at the Utrecht University. This one-day event will offer a series of panels led and presented by students at all levels of their academic careers. At the end of the day, we will also award the prize for the winners of the BA and MA Popular Music Thesis Award, organized and presented by IASPM Benelux and VNPF and the Hélène Nothenius Prize for an outstanding master thesis on music history organized and presented by the KVNM. 

Paper presentations

We invite students of all levels from BA to PhD to participate in our conference. Each year we highlight the role that music performs in contemporary societies, in all of its diversity and breadth. We encourage presentations covering a broad range of subjects from the performance careers of practicing musicians, to the changing aesthetics of musical creativity and composition because of new media technologies, to the connection between music and social justice movements. We intentionally encourage a range of approaches as one of the primary goals of this conference is to allow students greater contact with each other across genre categories such as art music and popular music. We also encourage and welcome a number of perspectives and methodologies from sociological, musicological and ethnomusicological to music industry and practice-based learning studies. Finally, we welcome students who are particularly motivated to blur boundaries between established methodologies in their research. In this sense, we hope to strengthen the contributions which explore new ways of examining music scholarship in the Benelux academic world. 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 perform for culture and society.

Submit your abstract

If you are interested in participating in this conference, please submit an abstract of under 350 words of under 350 words on your music related research by May 1, 2019. Your abstract should contain the following: your full name, education level, major and department, name of academic institution, email, the title of your abstract, and abstract, all in a 12-point font. Presentations will last 15-20 minutes. Please send your abstracts to

To keep the event student budget-friendly, lunch will be provided and there will be a minimal conference fee of 10 Euros.

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