46th National Conference of the Musicological Society of Australia 2023: Call for Papers

29 November - 2 December 2023, The University of Adelaide

Musicological Society of Australia

46th National Conference

29 November to 2 December 2023

Elder Conservatorium

The University of Adelaide

Second Call for Proposals

Open Borders: The Future of Music Research

The Musicological Society of Australia (MSA) is committed to advancing academic and public understanding and appreciation of music, an activity and resource that is fundamental to the wellbeing of individuals and communities and reaches into all areas of life. Accordingly, for the 2023 National Conference musicians of all kinds are invited to reflect on their musical practice, and researchers from all fields of study invited to share their research into any aspect of music. We encourage contributions from musicologists, composers, performers, music theorists, music broadcasters, music critics and anyone else with an informed interest in the creation, practice, theory, reception, and appreciation of music. We also encourage presentation of music-related research in other fields including education, sociology, literature, history, art, film, games, psychology, medicine, Indigenous studies, anthropology, and religion.

Multiple cash prizes will be awarded for the best paper presentations by postgraduate delegates; a separate cash prize will be awarded for best presentation at the Indigenous symposium.


If you have not already done so, you may submit a proposal for a 20 minute individual presentation, or for a pre-formed panel of 90 minutes (including discussion), by 15 September 2023 to msaconference2023adelaide@gmail.com

Authors of accepted papers will be notified by early October.

* Submit abstract of up to 250 words in Microsoft Word format

* Abstract should include paper title, your full name, contact details and affiliation (if any)

* The submitted filename should include your surname (e.g., YourSurname_2023MSA_Abstract.docx)

All presenters must be current financial members of the MSA at the time of registering for the conference (https://msa.org.au/). Subject to late-round availability, travel grants to assist student delegates to attend will be provided. Applications for these will be accepted once the program committee has sent out approvals. Travel assistance and at least one full bursary will also be available for Indigenous presenters.