Call for Papers:

Music and Borders

Michigan Music Research Conference,
A Graduate-Student Symposium
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

March 10–11, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Alejandro L. Madrid, Cornell University

The Society for Music Research at the University of Michigan is pleased to announce a graduate-student conference to be held on March 10–11, 2018. The conference will bring together a range of methodologies and perspectives to engage with the broad theme of Music and Borders. The symposium will be complemented by a performance of Company Wang Ramirez’s Borderlines, a work that combines dance technique, rigging, and broadcasted narrations to illustrate human experiences within our recent democracies.

Proposals are invited from graduate students of any branch of music and dance scholarship, including but not limited to ethnomusicology, historical musicology, music theory and analysis, music education, music technology, ethnochoreology, choreomusical studies, performance, and composition. Papers or lecture recitals on any topic will be considered, but proposals are encouraged to engage actively in response to the conference theme of Music and Borders:

  • Geo-political borders
  • Interdisciplinary borders
  • Analytical borders
  • Ideological borders
  • The borders between performative analysis, history, and musical movement

Performances must be accompanied by a lecture to be considered for this conference.

Paper presentations will be twenty minutes in length with ten minutes for questions.

Lecture recitals will be allotted thirty-five minutes with ten minutes for questions. Please submit a 250-word abstract/proposal as a .pdf attachment to Include your name and contact information in the body of the email, but please ensure that your name, institutional affiliation, and contact information DO NOT appear in the attached .pdf document. Panels of three papers may also be proposed; please submit a separate 250-word proposal for the session as a whole in addition to individual abstracts for each panelist. The deadline to submit abstracts/ proposals for papers, lecture recitals, and full or partial panels is December 27, 2017. Applicants will be notified by January 8, 2018.

Alejandro L. Madrid, our keynote speaker, is an ethnomusicologist and cultural theorist who explores topics of transnationalism, modernity, gender, race, and embodied culture in music, dance, and expressive culture in Mexico, the U.S.-Mexico border, and the circum-Caribbean. His most recent book is called In Search of Julián Carrillo and Sonido 13. In addition to his extensive editorial work, Dr. Madrid also serves on the advisory board for the newly established Music and Social Justice series from the University of Michigan Press. Dr. Madrid is currently working toward a book, Becoming Tania León. The Making of An American Composer, which engages with questions of cultural identity, nostalgia, and diaspora as they pertain to León’s life and works.

The conference will be held in the new Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan. The Society for Music Research (SMR) at the University of Michigan is an organization of graduate students in ethnomusicology, historical musicology, and music theory in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, whose mission is to foster the sharing of knowledge and research of music through events and symposia, and to provide a central forum for its membership.