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Call for Papers


Please note: The abstract submission deadline for the conference has now passed.

Applicants who have submitted abstracts before the submission deadline will be notified

of abstract acceptance in late June 2014.



The Music, Mind and Brain group at Goldsmiths, University of London is pleased to be hosting the

Seventh International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (SysMus14) from September

18th-20th, 2014. SysMus is an annual conference organized by students for students. It provides

postgraduate students opportunities to present their research as oral papers or posters and to meet

and discuss their own research, while also enjoying keynote speeches by internationally renowned researchers.


SysMus14 will provide early career researchers a meeting place to communicate their research and exchange ideas and concerns, while also acting as a hub for fruitful discussions. It will serve as an intersection point for many different kinds of research and approaches related to the empirical study of music.


Systematic musicology is an umbrella term for a wide range of research on themes including, but not limited to, music perception and cognition, musical structure, music education, music therapy, music and emotion, music and language, acoustics and psychoacoustics, and computer music. Systematic musicology combines a mix of methodologies from the sciences and humanities, including empirical psychology, sociology, cognitive sciences and computing to neurosciences, acoustics and physiology.


PhD and Masters level students are invited to submit an abstract (max 350 words) by May 8, 2014 following the guidelines provided on the Submission Guidelines page. Abstracts will be subject to a double-blind peer-review by a Scientific Committee consisting of doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers representing different fields related to the study of systematic musicology. Decisions will be announced by June 20th. Talks will be 20 minutes long, followed by a 10-minute discussion; posters will be displayed throughout the conference and presented during a designated poster session.


Further questions may be directed to the Organising Committee at


We are looking forward to welcoming you to London in September! 



The submission process is now open!


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