Thursday, June 18, 2020
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Submission Deadline
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Newberry Library, Chicago IL


The Early Music Analysis Interest Group of the Society for Music Theory is proud to announce their third biennial conference, co-sponsored with the Newberry Library’s Center for Renaissance Studies.

Dates: Thursday, June 18–Saturday, June 20, 2020

Location: Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., Chicago, IL 60610

Proposal Submission Deadline: 11:59 pm EST, Sunday, February 16, 2020

Call for Papers:
The study and performance of early music requires us to recreate and represent past musical practices. In this work, we must consult a variety of historical and modern sources available to us today, ranging from manuscripts and prints to editions, translations, audio recordings, and digital sources. In addition, it is often essential to consider other kinds of ‘sources’ in a broader sense, such as biographical studies, transmission histories, or the invocation of historical authorities like Boethius or Isidore. This conference, “Music, Theory, and Their Sources,” will explore the ways in which we engage with these sources of and for early music and the degrees of mediation intrinsic to them. We invite proposals from scholars of diverse research areas including—but not limited to—music theory and analysis, musicology, performance practice, the history of music theory, codicology, art history, and digital humanities that take into consideration the sources for early music and music theory. In addition to paper presentations, the conference will include a collection presentation featuring several of the remarkable items contained in the Newberry’s holdings and a concert by the Newberry Consort.

For proposal submission guidelines, please see the "Call for Papers" PDF available at

For questions, please contact Ryan Taycher (rtaycher -at-