21st Biennial International Conference on 19th Century Music

The 21st Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music will take place at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Canada), from June 18 to June 20, 2020. The keynote speaker will be Professor Emanuele Senici, University of Rome “La Sapienza.”

Call for Papers

The Program Committee invites proposals pertaining to any aspect of music in the long nineteenth century, particularly those engaging with the following themes: 

  • Music and Musical Life in 19th-Century Canada

  • Colonization, Decolonization, Reconciliation

  • Networks and Network Theory

  • Digital Musicologies

  • Disability Studies

  • Sound Ecologies and Soundscapes

  • Music Theory in the 19th Century

  • Performance, Improvisation, and Embodiment

We welcome proposals for the following:

  • Individual Papers (20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion)

  • Themed Sessions (three or four 20-minute papers, followed by 10 minutes for discussion after each paper)

  • Roundtable sessions (up to six presenters, each giving brief position papers, followed by a general discussion: 120 minutes in length)

  • Performances and Lecture Recitals (45 minutes in total)


Proposals should take the following forms:

  • Individual Papers: 250-word abstract

  • Themed Sessions: 250-word outline of the aims of the session and a 200-word description of each paper

  • Roundtable sessions: 300-word description outlining the aims of the session, including a brief description of each position paper

  • Performances and Lecture Recitals: 250-word description, including the proposed program, plus supporting materials (CV of performers, links to recordings, etc.)

The deadline for submissions is Oct. 15th, 2019.

Please submit proposals as an attachment (Word Documents and PDF only) to 2020ncmconference@gmail.com.

Contact details, including institutional affiliation, should be included in the body of the email, but please not in the proposal itself. For themed and roundtable sessions, the session organizer(s) should include the contact details of all speakers.



  • Claudio Vellutini (chair, University of British Columbia)

  • Rachel Cowgill (University of Huddersfield)

  • James Q. Davies (University of California, Berkeley)

  • Alan Dodson (Mount Allison University)

  • Dana Gooley (Brown University)

  • Katherine Hambridge (Durham University)

  • Alexandra Kieffer (Rice University)

  • Stephen Rodgers (University of Oregon)


June 18th-20th, 2020
UBC School of Music

Full details to be announced soon

Questions and comments? Email the Program Committee