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2023 Conference

themus (The Music Society at Temple)
Tenth Annual Meeting
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Friday, March 31, 2023

themus (The Music Society at Temple) is excited to announce a call for papers for its tenth annual graduate conference, which will take place on Friday, March 31, 2023, at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of themus, we welcome proposals from all disciplines under the music studies umbrella, as well as affiliated research, that demonstrate how the field has changed in the past decade and where our discipline is headed in the future. 

Proposals should be sent using this form by 11:59 PM ET on Friday, December 30, 2022. No information that identifies the author should appear in the proposal title or abstract (including the file name). Proposals should include: 

1. Your name (as you’d like it to appear in the program), email address, institutional affiliation, and paper title. 
2. An anonymized abstract of 200–250 words suitable for publication in the program. 
3. A biography of no more than 100 words suitable for publication in the program. 

All those submitting proposals will be notified of the outcome by January 31, 2023

The conference features two keynote speakers; more information about them can be found below. 

Please address any queries to Daniel Carsello, the conference chair, at

We eagerly look forward to reading your proposal! 


The themus Board

Daniel Carsello, Conference Chair
Alex Vest, President
Samuel McLaughlin, Vice President
Yun Kiu Lo, Treasurer
Allyson Starr, Secretary

Keynote Speakers

Matthew D. Morrison, Ph.D. – New York University

Matthew D. Morrison, Ph.D., is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, and is an Assistant Professor in the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. His research focuses on the history of popular music and the relationship between music and identity, and it has been funded by the American Council of Learned Societies, Harvard University, the American Musicological Society, Mellon Foundation, the Library of Congress, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Center for Popular Music Studies/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Matthew’s forthcoming book, Blacksound: Making Race in Popular Music in the United States, is under contract with the University of California Press. 

Nina Eidsheim, Ph.D. – UCLA

Nina Eidsheim has written books about voice, race, and materiality and is Professor of Musicology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also a vocalist and the founder and director of the UCLA Practice-based Experimental Epistemology (PEER) Lab, an experimental research Lab dedicated to decolonializing data, methodology, and analysis, in and through multisensory creative practices.