9-12 November 2017
Call for Papers
Deadline: 5 p.m. EST, 17 January 2017
The 2017 Annual Meeting of the AMS will be held in Rochester, New York, from Thursday to Sunday 9–12 November. The Program Committee welcomes proposals for individual papers or poster presentations, formal sessions, evening panel discussions, and sessions using alternative formats in all areas of scholarship on music. This year a new format, the seminar session, is also introduced (see below). Please read the guidelines carefully: proposals that do not conform will not be considered.
Proposals will be accepted according to the following six categories:
Individual proposals. Proposals should represent the presentation as fully as possible. A successful proposal typically articulates the main aspects of the argument or research findings clearly, positions the author’s contribution with respect to previous scholarship, and suggests the paper’s significance for the musicological community, in language that is accessible to scholars with a variety of specializations. Maximum length: 350 words.
Proposals for poster presentations should follow the guidelines for submission of individual proposals, and include an explanation of the content and goals of the graphic presentation. Technical guidelines for posters will be distributed with acceptance information. Proposals will be evaluated anonymously and should contain no direct or indirect signal of authorship.
Formal Sessions. An organizer representing several individuals may propose a Formal Session, either a full session of four papers, or a half session of two papers. For this proposal, organizers should prepare a rationale explaining the importance of the topic and the proposed constituent papers, including names of a respondent (if applicable) and a suggested chairperson. The organizer should also include a proposal for each paper that conforms to the guidelines for individual proposals above. Formal Session proposals will be considered only as a whole: the proposed session’s consistency and coherence is an important part of the evaluation process. Maximum length: 350 words for the rationale, and 350 words for each constituent proposal.
Length of presentations: Forty-five minutes are allotted for each individual proposal and constituent Formal Session proposal. The length of presentations is limited to thirty minutes in order to allow ample time for discussion.
Evening panel discussions. Evening panel discussions are intended for more informal exchange of ideas. They can cover a wide range of topics: for example, they may examine a central body of scholarly work, investigate a methodology or critical approach, or lay the groundwork for a new research direction. Evening panels should comprise participants’ brief (no more than ten minutes) position statements, followed by general discussion among panelists and audience. Evening panel proposals should outline the rationale and issues behind the proposal, identify the panelists, describe the activities envisioned, explain why each panelist has been chosen, and identify the duration of the session (90 minutes or three hours). Maximum length: 500 words.
Daytime sessions using alternative formats. Examples of alternative formats include, but are not limited to, sessions combining performance and scholarship, sessions discussing an important publication, sessions featuring debate on a controversial issue, and sessions devoted to discussion of papers posted online before the meeting. Sessions may be proposed by an individual or group of individuals, a Study Group, a smaller society that has traditionally met during the Annual Meeting, or an AMS committee wishing to explore scholarly issues. Position papers delivered as part of alternative-format sessions should be no more than ten minutes long. Proposals for alternative-format sessions should identify the participants, outline the intellectual content of the session, describe the structure of the session, and identify the duration of the session (90 minutes or three hours). Maximum length: 1000 words.
Seminar Sessions. This year, the AMS will introduce Seminar Sessions; the two-stage application process has a first deadline of 3 October 2016.
Program Committee procedures: The Program Committee will evaluate and discuss Individual, Formal Session, and Poster proposals anonymously (i.e., with no knowledge of authorship). All proposals are evaluated on a scale from zero to five by the entire committee. The scores are collated, averaged, and ranked accordingly, after which the committee meets to discuss final selections. During this meeting, the committee selects the most promising proposals and forms sessions for presentation. When all but five presentation openings have been filled, the committee reveals authors of proposals and completes its work. Knowledge of authorship facilitates the work of the committee in forming topically balanced sessions and improving the balance between senior and junior scholars on the program.
Authors for all submissions that are chosen will be invited to revise their proposals for the Program and Abstracts, distributed at the meeting; the version read by the Program Committee may remain confidential.
Application restrictions. No one may appear on the Rochester program more than twice. An individual may deliver a paper or be a member of a Seminar Session, and appear one other time on the program, whether participating in an evening panel discussion or alternative-format session, functioning as a chair-organizer of a formal session, or serving as a respondent, but may not deliver a lecture recital or concert. Participation in extra-programmatic offerings such as study group meetings or standing committee presentations (e.g., the Committee on Career-Related Issues) does not count as an appearance for this purpose. Only one submission per author will be accepted. Authors who presented papers or organizers of evening panel discussions or alternative-format sessions at the 2016 AMS meeting may not submit proposals for the 2017 meeting.
There is no membership requirement to submit a proposal for consideration, but those selected to present research at the meeting must be current members of the Society.
Submission procedure. Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. EST, 17 January 2017. Proposals are to be submitted electronically. Please note that proposal submission ceases precisely at the deadline. In order to avoid technical problems with submission of a proposal, it is strongly suggested that proposals be submitted at least twenty-four hours before the deadline. Due to the volume of proposals received, proposals received after the deadline cannot be considered. A FAQ on the proposal submission process is available, and those planning to submit proposals are encouraged to review the information posted there. Those unable to submit a proposal electronically should contact the AMS office by 10 January 2017 regarding accommodation procedures.
Receipts will be sent to all who submit proposals by the beginning of February 2017.
AMS committees and Study Groups; Affiliated societies. Sessions organized by such groups are not reviewed by the Program Committee. They should contact Robert Judd at the AMS office to schedule their meetings.
Program Committee Chair