Call for Papers

The Call for papers has closed (26th April 2021)

Submit a proposal

We invite researchers and practitioners to submit proposals which engage with a range of methodologies and perspectives on women’s work in music, whether these be from an academic, practice-based or educational viewpoint. Paper proposals are encouraged on women’s work in music in any musical genre, period or practice which may address, but need not be limited to, the following topics:

  • Composition and/or Performance in and beyond the Western traditions – historical (from Early Music onwards), contemporary and future.
  • Women as Conductors.
  • Women in Popular Music (Pop, Rock, Jazz, Folk etc.).
  • Women and Music Technology.
  • Ethnomusicology and Ethnography.
  • Music Analysis and Theory.
  • Women in the Music Industries and Music Administration.
  • Women and Music Education (all levels).
  • Women and Activism in Music (politics, #MeToo, Black Lives Matter etc.).
  • Feminism, Gender, and Canonisation.
  • The Representation of Women Making Music.
  • Queer and LGBTQ+ Perspectives.
  • Women, Music and COVID-19.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Individual Proposals
    Proposals for papers should be sent as abstracts of not more than 200 words. Individual papers should be 20 minutes in length and will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion.
  2. Session Proposals 
    Proposals for themed sessions of 90 minutes will also be considered. Session organisers should send a summary of the overall session (300 words) and include the abstracts of the 3 papers (200 words each). Papers within the session should be 20 minutes in length and will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion. 

Please send your proposal as a Word document to no later than Monday, 26 April 2021. The following format should be used:

  • Name, affiliation (if applicable) and contact details (postal address, email and phone).
  • Title of paper/presentation.
  • Abstract.
  • Audio-visual and other requirements: Please indicate whether your presentation will include PowerPoint slides, audio examples etc.
  • Brief biography (150 words).

The Conference Programme Committee will make its final decision on the abstracts by Friday, 14 May 2021, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme and registration will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.

For any additional information, please contact Rhiannon Mathias –