Ecomusicologies 2013: Ecosystems and Ecocriticism

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Call for conference papers
April 19, 2013

Ecomusicologies 2013: Ecosystems and Ecocriticism
Friday 22 November
Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the Ecomusicologies 2013 conference, ‘Ecosystems and Ecocriticism’ to be held in conjunction with the 5th International Music Council World Forum on Music at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. The conference facilities will provide for virtual involvement; if you would like to participate in the conference but cannot be in Brisbane, or would prefer not to travel for ecological or other reasons, you will have the option to participate as presenter or audience member via the Internet.

The Ecomusicologies 2013 conference will be positioned as a featured event within the IMC World Forum, aiming to attract the interest of scholars, musicians, composers and others who may not have yet had an opportunity to engage with this emerging field of critical enquiry. The theme of the IMC World Forum, ‘Sustaining Music, Engaging Communities’ aligns with the aims and objectives of many scholars in the field of ecomusicology. For a detailed description of the aims, objectives and conceptual parameters of ecomusicology, please see; the conference website is

The conference theme ‘Ecosystems and Ecocriticism’ is intended as a starting point for discussions about music in the context of different kinds of ecosystems and critical contexts, but is not prescriptive: papers discussing any combination of music/sound, culture/society and nature/environment are welcomed. While the term ‘ecosystem’ is borrowed from other fields, it can be understood in the musical context as referring to the natural, social, physical, conceptual and built environments surrounding musicians and their works. Ecocriticism is a term with a longer trajectory in the Arts and Humanities, especially in relation to literary studies, concerning the critical examination of environmental matters in relation to creative artistic works.

Presentations should follow the standard format of 20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion, unless proposed as part of a panel (of three or four papers). All submissions will be blind peer-reviewed by the conference committee prior to acceptance. Please provide your submission as a Word document, using your surname as the document title (e.g. Smith.doc), with the following information in this order:

Name (as you would like it to appear in conference materials):
Institution (if applicable):
Email contact:
Telephone contact:
Organisational affiliation (eg. IMS, SEM, AMS, if applicable):
Panel title and organiser (if proposed as part of a panel; note that all abstracts will be evaluated individually):
Paper title:
Abstract (maximum 300 words, no citations):

Ecomusicologies 2013 participants are also welcome to register for the wider IMC World Forum program, which will run from 21-24 November. Further information about this program is available at

Detailed information about registration and other related matters will be circulated in May.

The deadline for abstracts is Friday 19 April 2013. Please send your submission directly to Dan Bendrups at with ‘Ecomusicologies 2013’ in the subject line.