Call for Proposals

Please note that the Call for Proposals has closed and we are no longer accepting submissions. Decisions on proposals will be communicated by the end of January 2017.

Encouraging a broad and inclusive approach, we invite submissions that address a wide variety of topics, methodologies, and questions, including (but not limited to):

  • Histories: what is the role of performance and/or performers in the histories of experimental musics?
  • Praxis: is it possible to speak of an indeterminate ‘performance practice’? Where do the exceptions and inconsistencies lie?
  • Analysis: (how) can the performance of indeterminate music be analysed in ways appropriate to its particular modalities?
  • Notation: what are the relationships between indeterminate notation and performance?
  • Socialities: in what ways does indeterminate music organise collective musical experience?
  • Pedagogies: how do we teach and learn about the performance of indeterminate music?
  • Indeterminacy outside experimental music: how is indeterminacy in performance manifest more widely?
  • Technologies: (in what ways) have technologies changed our relationship to indeterminacy in music?

Proposals are invited for:

  • Spoken papers (20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of questions)
  • Lecture-recitals (35 minutes followed by 10 minutes of questions)
  • Performances of relevant works to be presented in a concert

Proposals of 250­–300 words should be sent as a Word attachment to, should clearly indicate whether they are for a spoken paper, lecture recital, or performance, and must include the following: title, author(s), affiliation(s) (if any), email address for contact, and technical requirements. For lecture-recitals, please include programme details of any repertoire to be performed (details are excluded from the word count).

The deadline for proposals is Friday 2 December 2016 at midday (GMT). Decisions on proposals will be communicated by the end of January 2017.

It is hoped that some papers from the conference will contribute to a special themed journal issue, ‘Performing Indeterminacy’, guest-edited by the conference committee.