Glasgow Scotland

August 30, 2011 &ndash September 3, 2011

Science and Music Research Group, Glasgow University
School of Engineering and Computing, Glasgow Caledonian University

New extended deadline for Submission of Abstracts: Friday April 29, 2011

As the contrasting approaches and methods of sciences, humanities and arts continue to interpenetrate and cross-fertilize, musicologists have been posing new questions about the culture, history, physics, biology, psychology and sociology of music performance. CIM11 will provide a unique opportunity for music performance researchers to achieve new trans-disciplinary synergies by working together with colleagues with contrasting epistemological backgrounds.

The CIM series involves all musicological sub-disciplines and paradigms (analytical, applied, comparative, cultural, empirical, ethnological, historical, popular, scientific, systematic, theoretical) and all musically relevant disciplines (acoustics, aesthetics, anthropology, archeology, art history and theory, biology, composition, computing, cultural studies, economics, education, ethnology, gender studies, history, linguistics, literary studies, mathematics, medicine, music theory and analysis, neurosciences, perception, performance, philosophy, physiology, prehistory, psychoacoustics, psychology, religious studies). For further information see

All abstract submissions to CIM11 must address an issue in music performance, e.g.:

  • Physical, biological, psychological and cultural constraints on performance
  • Creativity: composition, interpretation, improvisation, expression
  • Movement, gesture, dance, corporality, sexuality, gender
  • Performance skills and their acquisition
  • Timing and intonation
  • Practice, rehearsal, ensemble, conducting
  • Measurement, analysis and interpretation of performance attributes
  • Coping with performance situations, interactions, injuries
  • Performance on specific instruments including the voice
  • Electronic performance interfaces and environments
  • Comparisons across musical styles, genres, cultures
  • Sociology, politics and economics of performers and performance

Each submission must have at least two authors who represent two of the following three broad areas:

  • Humanities such as aesthetics, anthropology, archeology, art history and theory, cultural studies, ethnology, linguistics, literary studies, music history, ethnomusicology, cultural studies, prehistory, theoretical sociology, philosophy, semiotics, sociology and music theory/analysis
  • Sciences such as acoustics, biology, computing, linguistics, mathematics, perception, psychoacoustics, empirical psychology and sociology, physiology, statistics and computer science
  • Practically oriented disciplines including performance, composition, education, engineering, medicine and therapy

Presentations may be of up to 30 minutes in duration (20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion). Submissions should be organised as follows:

  • title (bold, lower case, 5 to 10 words)
  • authors' names and affiliations
  • email address and telephone number of first author
  • submission date
  • desired presentation format (talk or poster)
  • main text with bold section headings (see below)
  • biographies of (first) two authors

The main text should be structured with the following headings:

  • Background in ... (the first main discipline)
  • Background in ... (the second main discipline)
  • Aims
  • Main contribution
  • Implications
  • References
In empirical contributions, the "main contribution" should include a summary of method, results and conclusions.

A pro forma submission sheet which may be used to submit this information is available in RTF and Microsoft Word formats.

The whole file should not exceed 1000 words, including all headings, names of authors, their affiliations, email addresses and biographies. The text must be in English. Submissions will be reviewed anonymously by a panel of international experts. Abstracts should be submitted via the conference website with the subject line "CIM11 paper proposal".

For examples of abstract submissions in this style, download the conference handbooks of previous CIMs (their websites are linked to the main CIM website on the "themes" page). For further information and suggestions, please consult the CIM11 website.

NB: Registration for CIM11 and the two concurrent conferences (AOL and WCRCSM) is available for an all-in fee of £195 (students £95).

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Colloquium: Anatomy of Listening

Held concurrently with CIM11

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Workshop: "WCRCSM"

Workshop on International Cross-Disciplinary Research Collaboration in Science and Music, and its Impact on Teaching and Practice, to be held concurrently with CIM11

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