Guidelines for Proposals

On this page, you will find general guidelines for how to submit a proposal for an AMS Midwest Chapter meeting. Proposals for presentations, special sessions, papers with a performance component, and panel discussions are welcomed on any topic related to musicology. Presentations will be limited to twenty minutes, with an additional ten minutes allotted for questions, discussion, and set-up of computer and audio equipment.

Our next meeting will be held on Saturday-Sunday, March 30-31, 2019, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Abstracts are due January 15, and notification of acceptance will be sent via email around February 5. Speakers at the 2018 Fall meeting are not eligible to submit a paper abstract for the 2019 Spring meeting; however, they are welcome to submit proposals for poster presentations or participate in panel discussions. We are currently working to find a keynote speaker for the meeting. For more information about the Spring 2019 meeting, please visit the meeting page.

Submission Process

Abstracts of no more than 250 words, clearly indicating the scope of the research, methodology, and conclusions will be considered. We have instituted an easy online submission process, which can be found by clicking here. After you complete the online form, you will receive a confirmation that your proposal has been received. Blind copies of all proposals will then be forwarded to the Program Committee.

You need to be a current regular or student member of the AMS-Midwest Chapter for your abstract to be considered. To join the Chapter, or to renew your membership, please visit our membership area. Submission of an abstract denotes the speaker’s willingness and availability to attend the meeting.

Student Submissions

We encourage both graduate and undergraduate students to present their work at our meetings. In addition to the abstract and other requested information, students submitting proposals must name and provide the email address for an advisor or other faculty member who can verify the student presenter’s readiness to present at a professional meeting.

Awards for Student Papers

Student presenters are eligible for one of two annual prizes for outstanding papers offered by Indiana University Press and A-R Editions, Inc. After your abstract has been accepted, submit an electronic copy of the complete paper to the program committee chair no later than one week prior to the meeting. Candidates may be selected from either the fall or spring Chapter meetings and announced after the spring meeting, with their names published on the Chapter’s website. The Chapter is grateful to A-R Editions, Inc. and Indiana University Press for their generous encouragement of developing scholars.

Travel Support for Students and Independent Scholars

The Chapter offers limited support for travel and lodging of up to $200 each to student presenters or independent scholar presenters at its fall and spring meetings. Only participants who are traveling some distance from out-of-town are eligible. In order to apply, submit the Travel Support form before the meeting, with copies of receipts submitted to the Chapter treasurer within one week after the meeting.

Thank you for your interest in the upcoming meeting of the AMS Midwest Chapter. Hope to see you there!