Conference 2017

Rutgers University Musicological Society (RUMS) 3rd Annual Graduate Student Conference: April 9th, 2017

The third annual Rutgers University Musicological Society Graduate Student Conference will take place on Sunday, April 9th, 2017 from 11am to 8pm, at Rutgers University in New Brun
swick, NJ. The conference provides a platform for graduate students in various sub-disciplines, including but not limited to musicology, music theory, and ethnomusicology, to exchange ideas and present original research. 
Admission is free and open to the public. 

Meet Our Keynote Speaker: Dr. Brian Moseley

We are excited to announce our keynote speaker, Dr. Brian Moseley. Dr. MoseleyAssistant Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, researches how composers organize musical space. His work centers especially on map-like, spatial representations of twentieth-century music and music theories, comprising a kind of musical "cartography." Dr. Moseley is also the co-author of Open Music Theory, an open-source, interactive, online "text"book for college-level music theory courses. He also currently serves as webmaster for the Society for Music Theory and is co-editor of the journal Theory and Practice.

Call for Papers

The Rutgers University Musicological Society (RUMS) invites paper proposals for its third annual Graduate Student Conference, to occur on April 9th, 2017 in New Brunswick, NJ. The submission deadline is January 8, 2017 at 11:59pm.

RUMS welcomes abstracts of approximately 250 words from current graduate students in any area of music research. Paper presentations will be 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. We also accept alternative paper presentation formats (information on alternative papers provided below).

Please include your abstract in the body of an email along with your name, telephone number, institutional affiliation, and any audio/visual needs. For the subject heading, please write “RUMS Conference Submission.” To ensure impartiality, we ask that you attach your abstract (.doc, .docx,  .odt, or .pdf) without your name, institutional affiliation, or any other personal identifiers. Label your attachment with the title only.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  11:59 PM Sunday, January 8, 2017

Please send submissions and any questions to:

Alternative Paper Presentation Formats

We invite paper proposals for alternative paper presentation formats including but not limited to:
  • Panels
  • Poster Sessions
  • Lecture Recitals
Please include any technical/performance needs in the body of the email. If you have any more questions regarding alternative paper presentation formats please email:

Directions & Parking 

The conference will take place in Richard H. Shindell Choral Hall, Mortensen Hall, 85 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Parking is available in the Douglass Parking Deck. To get from the parking deck to Mortensen Hall, follow these directions:

1. Walk out of the parking deck toward George Street
2. Turn right and follow the path that runs parallel to George Street
3. Turn left onto the large concrete bridge that crosses over George Street
4. Walk to the right of the buildings in front of you (Hickman Hall) and continue straight until you reach the Bettenbender Plaza traffic circle. 
5. Walk around the traffic circle; Mortensen Hall will be directly in front of you. 

For a map of the area around the conference venue, please see the Conference Map