Call for Papers
Eighth International Conference on Analytical Approaches to World Musics (AAWM 2024), June 10–14, 2024, University of Bologna, Italy

The year 2024 marks the eighth installment of the AAWM International Biennial Conference series. Exploration of the rich musical heritage of the world continues to receive increasing attention from a broad array of theoretical, cultural, historical, psychological, empirical, informatics, and analytical perspectives. Analytical Approaches to World Musics 2024 brings together scholars to explore the panoply of global musical traditions, both past and present, that lie outside the purview of European Art Music in order to foster interdisciplinary and cross-cultural dialogue and promote new approaches and methods.

In place of the traditional keynote lectures, the meeting will include a number of special panel sessions and roundtables, provisionally titled:

● Re(Defining) Music Analysis
● Pedagogy for Analysis of World Musics
● Innovative Approaches to Notation
● Analytical Perspectives on Italian Traditional Music Practices
● Carang Pring Wulung: Analyzing Calung Music from Banyumas (Central Java) through the Filmic Medium (film screening and conversation with director Daniele Zappatore)

AAWM 2024 welcomes submissions that examine the world’s musical traditions from any analytical or theoretical angle, including (but not limited to) ethnographic, historical, formal, computational, and cognitive perspectives. Submission formats include papers, posters, special sessions, lecture-recitals, and workshops. To maximize access and affordability, AAWM 2024 will be held as a hybrid event with options for both onsite and
remote participation.

Graduate students and scholars within five years of receiving the PhD will be considered for the Rob Schultz Junior Scholar Award, established in 2016 to honor the memory of the co-founder of the Analytical Approaches to World Music journal and conference series. The best paper presented by a junior scholar will be published in the journal, and the author will also receive a modest cash award. Please see below for information on conference organization and submission guidelines for AAWM 2024.

The conference website available by mid-October 2023.

Program Committee Co-Chairs
Andrew Killick (University of Sheffield, UK)
[Second co-chair TBC]

Organizing Committee
Lawrence Shuster (Cornell University, USA)
Eshantha Peiris (Vancouver Community College, Canada)
James Morford (University of Washington, USA)
Jane Piper Clendinning (Florida State University, USA)

Local Arrangements Committee
Lorenzo Chiarofonte (University of Bologna, Italy)
Nicola Renzi (University of Bologna, Italy)

Submission Guidelines

Papers: Proposals for spoken papers should include a short abstract of no
more than 350 words, including any footnotes but not counting the title and
bibliography. Accepted papers will be allotted 30 minutes for presentation
plus 15 minutes for discussion.

Posters: Poster proposals should follow the same format as spoken paper

Authors may submit a given proposal as a paper, a poster, or both. The
program committee will make a final recommendation on the presentation
format, taking the author’s request into consideration. Abstracts of the
accepted papers and posters will be published online.

Panel Sessions: Authors of papers that share a common theme may propose
to deliver them in a panel session. Each paper should be submitted
separately, and will be reviewed following the same process as that for
spoken papers. In addition, a separate submission should be entered for the
session as a whole, including a 350-word abstract.

Workshops / Lecture Recitals / Alternative Formats: Proposals for
workshops or other alternative formats should also be submitted as a 350-
word abstract. They should give as many details as possible about the
precise format they will employ, how many participants can attend, and the
size and type of space they will require. We welcome presentations that
involve music performance as long as they include a substantial original
analytical or theoretical component consistent with the call for papers.
Submission process: All proposals should be submitted electronically using
the following link:

Submission deadline: December 31, 2023

Submissions should consist of a title, abstract (350 words), and a list of 3-5
keywords. Notification of acceptance will be sent via email by February 29,

Contributors who present a paper remotely will be required to submit a
video of the full presentation before the conference. Instructions for
submitting the video will be provided with the acceptance notification.

Additional Information
For additional information regarding the conference, including venue,
transportation, and accommodations, please check the conference website
via Updated information will be posted
there as soon as it becomes available.

Please direct any questions to