Welcome to SysMus!
The SysMus conferences (International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology) are annual student-run events designed to allow advanced students in the fields of systematic musicology and music science – particularly those studying for PhDs or completing Masters’ degrees – to meet and discuss their research. Keynote speakers include internationally renowned researchers working in various sub-fields of systematic musicology and music science.
SysMus is dedicated to including a broad range of topics within its conferences, representative of the great diversity within systematic musicology: music perception, music cognition, music psychology, music therapy, music modelling, music information retrieval, musical acoustics, music theory and analysis, music sociology, music education, music technology, music and culture, music and semiotics, and music philosophy.
SysMus takes place at different international venues and welcomes participants from all over the world. We are looking forward to meeting you at one of the next SysMus conferences!
The SysMus Council & the SysMus Executive Committee
SysMus Conference Concept
The SysMus conference series was co-founded by Manuela Marin and Richard Parncutt in 2008. SysMus08 took place in Graz, Austria, having received abstract submission on a wide variety of topics from 14 countries. This success has led to further SysMus conferences, designed and organised by students for students under the supervision of experienced researchers in the field.
systematic musicology as an interdisciplinary research field
high academic standards
the dialogue between different generations of researchers
transparency, fairness and tolerance
gender equality in academia
...and achieves this by
exposing students to a wide range of subfields of systematic musicology
helping to create a research identity which goes beyond highly specialised fields
selecting institutions with an internationally recognised profile in systematic musicology for SysMus venues
improving the SysMus conference concept by evaluations and discussions in the SysMus Council
applying a double-blind peer-review procedure to all submissions
recruiting an international review committee consisting of PhD-students and Post-Docs recommended by leading professors in the field
aiming for a long-term balance in the number of male and female keynotes and committee members
encouraging the discussion between different generations of researchers in a relaxed atmosphere
keeping the maximum number of SysMus participants at around 50 per conference in order to enable effective communication and networking
practice giving conference presentations (talks and posters)
the publication of conference proceedings
internationally renowned keynote speakers
feedback from people with different research backgrounds
the possibility of establishing an international network
workshops on a variety of career-related topics
practice with the English language (if that is not students' mother tongue)
experience in conference organisation skills
...and makes this possible by
modelling SysMus conferences on internationally established conference concepts
collaborations with other organisations and sponsors
advertising SysMus worldwide
promoting a warm and productive atmosphere in which students can gain experience in conference presentation and get friendly, helpful, expert feedback
offering an attractive social program
enabling PhD students to acquire skills in conference organisation in collaboration with more experienced researchers