Call For Papers

SysMus enters its 10th year!

Come celebrate with us in London! SysMus17 is coming September 13th-15th 2017 and will be hosted by the Music Cognition Lab at Queen Mary, University of London.

The International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (SysMus) is a conference series run by students for students, and is a great opportunity to present research, meet other students in your field, hear talks from established researchers, and visit an internationally recognised institution in systematic musicology.

We will have exciting keynote presentations from Prof. Lauren Stewart (Goldsmiths, University of London) and Prof. Aaron Williamon from the Royal College of Music. We will also have presentations and a panel discussion from Dr. Marcus Pearce and Prof. Elaine Chew (Queen Mary, University of London) as well as Dr. Daniel Müllensiefen (Goldsmiths, University of London).

We have fun social events planned which will allow you to take full advantage of everything London has to offer.

We invite presentations in the form of live spoken papers, virtual spoken papers and poster presentations. Please see details below.


Please submit two abstracts via the submission system – click on this link here:

  1. Short Abstract
    • The short abstract should be no more than 150 words in length, and concisely summarise the work that you wish to present.  This is what will go into the abstract book. There is no template for the short abstract it is added in the submission system linked here.
  2. Extended Abstract
    • The extended abstract gives you more opportunity to describe the motivations for your work and the methodology used, as well as providing more detailed results and conclusions. This extended abstract should use the template provided (download here), and be submitted in .doc or .docx format (word limit: 300 words; maximum file size: 3 MB). This is what will go into the proceedings, should you not wish to submit a paper.

Abstracts should be no more than 150 words (short) or 300 words (extended) in length, be written in English, and address one of the conference topics listed below. All submissions will be considered for both spoken paper (live or virtual) and poster presentation categories. However, the author can indicate a preference for either spoken (live or virtual) or poster presentation in the submission form. All abstracts will be submitted via an online system (see below). Submissions are due March 19th, 2017 (this date has been extended from the original, earlier deadline).

Researchers should avoid referring to their own names within the submitted abstracts, as acceptance will be determined by anonymous peer review. Researchers may only apply for one presentation. Download a template to complete your extended abstract here.

For presentation guidelines and information about submitting files for virtual presentations please see Guidelines to Presenters page here.

All accepted presenters are invited to submit a 4-6-page proceedings article that will be published online. The deadline for submitting this proceedings article is June 30th, 2017.                     


SysMus is dedicated to including a broad range of topics within its conferences, representative of the great diversity within systematic musicological study. Submissions addressing any of the following subjects are particularly welcome:

  • Systematic musicology
  • Music perception
  • Music cognition
  • Music psychology
  • Music therapy
  • Music modelling
  • Music information retrieval
  • Music sociology
  • Music education
  • Music technology
  • Music and culture
  • Musical acoustics
  • Music philosophy
  • Music theory and analysis

Oral presentations

Oral presentations will be allocated slots of 20 minutes, with 12 minutes for the presentation, 5 minutes for discussion, and 3 minutes to prepare for the next talk.

Virtual presentations

Virtual presentations have equal standing to oral presentations; only the medium is different.  These will also be allocated slots of 20 minutes, with 12 minutes for the presentation (pre-recorded), 5 minutes for discussion (via Skype), and 3 minutes to prepare for the next talk. A Dropbox link (or similar) to the presentation recording should be sent to no later than August 23, 2017.  Virtual presentations have been added as an option in order to include potential participants who cannot attend in person due to cost, care or other reasons.

Poster presentations

Poster presentations will have designated time slots and presentation spaces that will not overlap with any other activity.

A quick summary of what you need to know:

What: International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology

When: September 13th-15th, 2017

Where: Queen Mary, University of London

When are the abstracts due? March 19th 2017 (extended!) – download the extended abstract template here.

How do I submit my extended abstract? Via the submission system – click on this link here.

What about the short abstract? There is no template for the short abstract it is added in the submission system linked here.

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