SMT 2017 Call for Proposals

The Fortieth Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory will be held in Arlington, Virginia, from Thursday, November 2, to Sunday, November 5, 2017.

The SMT invites proposals for this fortieth anniversary meeting on any topic related to music theory that does not represent work already published in peer-reviewed publications (print or electronic) and has not been presented at the annual conference of AMS, CMS, SEM, or SAM. Proposals for posters and for presentations in innovative formats are encouraged.

All proposals will be evaluated anonymously and should exclude the author’s name and any other direct or indirect signal of authorship. References to the author’s own work must occur in the third person. “Author” tags must be removed from electronic files. (In Adobe Acrobat, go to the “File” menu, select “Properties” and delete the name from the Author box.)

Proposals will not be considered if they exceed word limits or if an individual violates the rules on multiple submissions described below.

Single-Author and Joint-Author Papers

A submission for a single-author or joint-author paper must include the title and description for a presentation of thirty minutes’ duration. The description (including notes) should be no more than 500 words. Each mathematical equation may be counted as one word.

The Program Committee strongly encourages members to append supplementary materials (such as musical examples, diagrams, and selected bibliography) as necessary to substantiate an argument or demonstrate results. The supplementary materials will not be counted within the 500- word limit, but should not exceed four pages. Any supplementary text (e.g., example captions) should not appreciably add to the content of the proposal.

The proposal and supplementary materials should preserve the anonymity of the author(s) as described above.

For tips on drafting a proposal, visit the website of the SMT’s Professional Development Committee

When submitting the proposal on the web, authors will be prompted for identification and contact information, as well as a list of all required equipment (such as piano) other than the sound system and LCD projector that will be available for all presenters. Please note that the Society cannot provide Internet access for presentations.

Accepted papers will generally be allocated forty-five minutes each: thirty for the paper and fifteen for discussion. The Committee may accept a proposed paper under the condition that it be transformed into a poster.

Interactive (Poster) Session

Proposals for posters should follow the guidelines for submission of papers.

SMT Special Sessions

An SMT special session is proposed as a whole, rather than as a set of individual submissions. The format of the special session should differ from the usual succession of thirty-minute talks in some way, either as a “session of alternative format” (e.g., a panel discussion, workshop, “flipped” session, “lightning talk” session), or as a set of papers that are closely related in content and thoughtfully integrated and framed by a session rationale. The Committee reserves the right to consider each paper in an SMT special session proposal separately and to program a paper with or without the others from that proposed session.

A proposal for an SMT special session must include:

  • A session proposal of no more than 500 words.
  • Individual proposals for all segments of the special session. These should follow, where possible, the guidelines for paper proposals, including the preservation of authors’ anonymity. Exceptions to the rule of anonymity for session segments must be approved by the Program Chair.
  • A list of invited speakers, if any, support for which will depend on funds available.

Proposals may be for special sessions of ninety minutes or three hours. Proposals for special sessions may be exempted from certain of the guidelines listed above. To discuss the possibility of exemptions, those wishing to propose such special sessions must contact the Program Committee chair Alan Gosman no later than January 1, 2017.

Multiple Submissions

Please note this year’s revised guidelines.

Typically, an individual submits one proposal. An individual may submit two proposals only in the following cases:

  • One single-author proposal and one joint-author proposal.
  • One proposal (not part of a special session) and one proposal that is part of an alternative- format special session (see section above for examples of alternative format).
  • One proposal (not part of a special session) and one special session (as organizer).

In cases of multiple submissions that do not follow these rules, none of the submissions will be considered. No one may appear on the program more than twice.

Submission Procedure and Deadline

Go to the following link to submit proposals: Detailed information on the submission procedure will appear there. Proposals from members and non-members should be submitted online. All proposal materials must be formatted together as one PDF document under 10 MB in size. Those who have difficulties with online submission should contact the Executive Director, Vicky Long.

Please make sure that you have followed all guidelines in this call. The Program Committee will not consider submissions that do not meet the guidelines.

Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. EST, Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Please take time zone differences into account. No proposals will be accepted after the deadline. In order to avoid last- minute technical problems, the Program Committee recommends that proposals be submitted at least twenty-four hours before the deadline.

Note that rejected proposals will remain anonymous; only the SMT Executive Director, in mailing out acceptance and rejection letters, will know the identities of the authors of these proposals.

SMT Program Committee

Alan Gosman, University of Arkansas (Chair); Clifton Callender, Florida State University; Maureen Carr, Penn State University
; Roman Ivanovitch, Indiana University; Panayotis Mavromatis, New York University; René Rusch, University of Michigan; Benjamin Steege, Columbia University

Dora Hanninen, University of Maryland (ex officio)

For clarification or further information, please contact the SMT Executive Director, Vicky Long.