Call for Papers

Call for Presentations (Lecture Recitals, Papers, Performances, etc.):
Voice, Listening, Aurality
21st Annual Graduate Students in Music (GSIM) Conference
The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)

Click here for a PDF version of the CFP.

The students of the Department of Music at the Graduate Center, CUNY, are pleased to announce the 21st Annual GSIM Conference in New York City on March 23–24, 2018.

The conference will include a keynote address by Dr. Ana Maria Ochoa Gautier (Columbia University).

We invite graduate students in all music disciplines (composition, performance, musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory) and related fields to submit proposals for presentations relating to the theme of Voice, Listening, Aurality. The theme is broadly construed, and we invite presentations pertaining, but not limited, to:

  • Voice as apparatus or concept (political, musical, compositional, performative, musico-theoretical, etc.)
  • Issues of voice-leading; envoicing
  • Pedagogies of listening/voice; performance practices/listening practices
  • Voice and listening as/in performance
  • Oral/Aural culture(s); listening vs. hearing
  • Politics of listening/voice/aurality; relations between sound and music, noise, and silence
  • Representation/perspectives of listening
  • Technology, mediation, transmission, replication
  • Language, semiotics/semantics (or lack thereof)
  • Psychology of listening, phenomenology, embodiment; sound environments, acoustics
  • Voice, Listening, Aurality at their intersection

We are accepting presentations of all formats, including, but not limited to:

  • Academic papers
  • Lecture recitals
  • Performances (with handouts, slideshow, or academic program notes)

All presentations will be 20 minutes long with 10 minutes for discussion. Composers are responsible for providing their own musicians to perform their piece(s).

Proposal requirements:

  • Proposals should be no more than 300 words in length. Up to two additional pages of examples/references and/or three minutes of a recording excerpt may be included. Everything should be compiled together into a single PDF and a single MP3 file. Files should be no bigger than 5 MB.
  • Proposals must not include the author’s name and should be purged of any indication of the author’s identity. Author tags should be removed from PDF files.
  • Please include one sentence at the top of your proposal indicating the preferred format(s) of your presentation. For example:
    • I wish to be considered for a lecture recital.
    • I prefer to do a performance, but would also consider an academic paper.

Proposals should be submitted electronically at this URL: The application interface will ask for the submitter’s name, institutional affiliation, academic status, and any special equipment needed. The deadline for submission is Jan. 28, 2018. Questions may be addressed to co-chairs Xieyi (Abby) Zhang and Elizabeth Fleming at

Information regarding GSIM at the Graduate Center, CUNY and the Call for Presentations is also available online via our GSIM conference website: