Melb2019 - Musicological Society of Australia

42nd MSA National Conference


Convenor: Cat Hope

In Conjunction with the 18th Symposium on Indigenous Music and Dance

5-7 December 2019


Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University Clayton Campus

Proposal Submissions have now closed


In recognising the challenges of a contemporary world where traditional cultural, social and geographical boundaries are regularly broken down and new ones set up, we have created a conference theme that juxtaposes two apparently opposing ideas - conflict and collaboration - to contemplate the consequences for art and everyday life. In music-related contexts we seek answers to the questions: what is the nature of conflict and its consequences; what is the nature of collaboration and its consequences; what happens when conflict and collaboration intersect?

Emphasising the MSA's remit to encourage and support all disciplinary approaches to music research, we invite papers on any music-related research topic that considers conflict and/or collaboration.

An indication of the approaches and topics we hope to inspire include (but are not limited to):

  • Analytical studies of musical works that deal with conflict
  • Results of collaborative research projects
  • Internal conflicts experienced by practice-led music researchers
  • The gender gap in collaborative contemporary popular music
  • Conflicting views on music for worship
  • A philosophical argument for dispelling Lone Ranger myths and endorsing collective creativity
  • Music as distraction from unresolvable conflict situations
  • Assessing collaborative music-making apps
  • The conflict of the commission: client-composer negotiations
  • Illicit Associations: music critics and music producers
  • Conflicts encountered in preserving indigenous music
  • Is functional harmony a metaphor for collaboration?
  • Balancing the conflicting needs of stakeholders in community music-making
  • Ludomusicology in an era of media-supported extremism
  • Ethnological accounts of collaborations or conflicts between e.g. co-creators of musical works, performers and producers, teachers preparing musicians for competitions and so forth.

In addition to presentations that address the conference theme, and in keeping with the MSA's objective of supporting all Australian music researchers and their current projects, abstracts on any aspect of music-related research are also welcomed

Other Information


Key Dates

Keynotes & Plenary Addresses

Margaret Kartomi (Monash University)

Kerry Murphy (University of Melbourne)



Program Committee

Stephanie Rocke (Chair) (University of Melbourne)

Brydie-Leigh Bartleet (Griffith University)

Aaron Corn (University of Adelaide)

Sarah Collins (University of Western Australia)

Michael Hooper (University of New South Wales)

Linda Kouvaras (University of Melbourne)

Amanda Krause (University of Melbourne)

David Larkin (University of Sydney)

Jonathan McIntosh (Edith Cowan University)


Organising Committee

Gay Breyley (Chair)

Brigitta Scarf

Anthea Skinner

Conference presentations may take one of the following forms:

Formal conference presentation (20 minutes, plus 8 minutes for questions during a 3/4-paper parallel session)

These papers will usually present the findings of a significant body of original music-related research, but may also develop arguments of relevance to tertiary music teaching & learning or other matters relating to the tertiary music sector.

Lightning plenary presentation (10-15 consecutive, media-free, 3 minute presentations followed by 30-40 minutes when presenters are available to speak with delegates in small break-out groups).

This plenary session, scheduled early in the conference program, will be ideally suited to those who have reached a crucial point in a research project and are particularly interested in collaborative exchanges. Places are limited and selection will be based upon the demonstrated importance and significance of the research question.

Panel sessions (3-5 participants and 90 minutes in duration, scheduled as a parallel session)

Panel sessions have the same parameters as the Formal conference presentation.

Document Formatting requirements for proposals

Please prepare your proposal document (Title, abstract, keywords) without any formatting and do not include any other information or insert any images. The document must be submitted as a Word document (not pdf or Pages)

Formal and Lightning Proposals: Title plus 250 word abstract plus 5 Keywords

Panel Sessions: Overview of the session plus abstracts for each presenter, plus 5 Keywords: total 1000 words

Submission Process

Submissions can be made via the form appearing at the bottom of this page page. You will be asked to indicate which type of presentation you want to be considered for.

Deadline for proposals: Midnight AEST 12 May 2019

Please note that there will be no extensions to this deadline. Early submissions are welcome