Call for submissions: IMS 2022 – 21st Quinquennial IMS Congress

Athens,  August 22–26, 2022

Submission deadline for free papers, roundtables, and study sessions: June 30, 2021

Welcome Notes

from Professor Daniel K.L. Chua, IMS President, 2017–22, Chair Professor, Department of Music, School of Humanities in the Faculty of Arts, University of Hong Kong

As I write, protest and pandemic continue to disrupt our world, dividing and isolating communities. Just the thought of the 21st  Quinquennial IMS Congress on the near horizon, offers a ray of hope and glimmer of joy. It brings a smile to my face despite the grim reality around me. Hopefully, by August 2022 the virus will no longer distance us and confine us to Zoom, and we can gather as a community of musicologists as if reuniting with family and friends.

from Professor Kate van Orden,  IMS2022 Program Committee Chair, Dwight P. Robinson Jr. Professor of Music, Harvard University

Greetings! One of my great joys this year has been working with the Program Committee and our Local Organization Committee in preparation for the 21st Quinquennial IMS Congress in Athens. Learning about emerging trends across the globe, the strengths of our regional associations and study groups, and current priorities across the musicologies has been invigorating, and as our team works on programming for IMS2022, the prospect of coming together to share research and chart new trajectories for our fields has kept all our spirits aloft.

IMS2022: Save the Date | 1st Announcement | Call for Papers


Music across Borders

In a world interconnected by global networks and partitioned by resurgent nationalism, racism, travel bans, and now a global pandemic, borders are sites of contestation. Nevertheless, musicians continue to move, as they always have, via diasporas, repatriation, and forced or voluntary migration, bringing along musics, practices, and artifacts, interacting with new environments, and often giving voice to minority communities. Moreover, thanks to the circulation enabled by recording “technologies”–from memory and notation to .MP3s–music has long defied the spatial and temporal limits of physical travel. In short, music is highly mobile.

In recent decades, scholars grappling with globalization, imperialism, and migration have abandoned static intellectual frameworks based on ideologies of cultural wholeness, generating a “mobility” turn with far-reaching consequences for the human sciences. Music-making and research have privileged cosmopolitanism and cultural flux in ways that challenge dominant canons. Theories of intermediality are currently reimagining genres and repertoires as inherently unstable. Yet the decentering force of this artistic and conceptual mobility has itself raised pressing questions around disciplinary border-crossing, hyphenated methodologies, and epistemic responsibility.

The IMS2022 Program Committee invites proposals from across the musicologies and beyond that spark the following discussions: What research is emerging on the ground in connected histories, border-crossing source studies, media studies, music theories, and local/global studies of music? As we work across genres, practices, spaces real and virtual, hemispheres, beliefs, societies, and systems of knowledge, what relations structure encounters and comparisons? Are they just? How could musicology’s interactions with arts practices, fiction, science, ecology, sociology, health, and law be increased and improved? What techniques allow analytic, historical, and anthropological methods to be intertwined most effectively? How do the practices of musicians on the move–translation, transformation, mediation–inform our theoretical paradigms?

Categories of Presentation

Proposals are invited for free papers, roundtables, and study sessions. The Program Committee seeks free papers that reflect current research as broadly as possible. Each free paper is allotted 30 minutes, with 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for Q&A. Roundtables are to focus exclusively on topics relevant to the themes of the Congress (see above). The length of each roundtable is 120 minutes, including Q&A and discussion. Study sessions are more “informal” in nature, providing an opportunity for scholars to exchange ideas on the issues, methodologies, and research frameworks of a given topic while opening the discussion to all Congress participants. The length of each study session is limited to 90 minutes, including Q&A and discussion.


We encourage presenters to give their talks in English when possible, in order to ensure the broadest potential audience for the work being presented. Papers may be given in other languages as appropriate. Please note, however, that only proposals in English will be accepted.

Call for Papers

The submission guidelines and abstract submission portal can be found here.
All proposals must be submitted online between January 15  to June 30, 2021 to be considered. Successful applicants will be notified by email no later than October 31, 2021.
For further information you may contact the Professional Congress Organizer by email at:

IMS2022 Program Committee

Kate van OrdenHarvard University, US 
Evi Nika-SampsonAristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR
Chair Local Organization Committee
Daniel ChuaHong Kong University, HK 
President of the IMS
Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco, New University of Lisbon, PT
Ruth HaCohenHebrew University, Jerusalem, IL 
Barbara Haggh-HugloUniversity of Maryland, US 
Christine JeanneretUniversity of Copenhagen, DK
Mark KatzUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, US 
Youn KimHong Kong University, HK 
Ignazio MacchiarellaUniversità di Cagliari, IT 
Javier Marín-López, Universidad de Jaén, ES
Pedro MemelsdorffFondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, IT,  Escola Superio de Música de Catalunya, Barcelona, ES
Isabelle MoindrotParis 8, FR 
Nidaa Abou MradAntonine University, LB 
Melanie PleschMelbourne Conservatorium of Music, AU 
Jim SamsonRoyal Holloway University of London, UK
Rebekka SandmeierDirector and Professor, South African College of Music, Cape Town, ZA 
Dörte SchmidtUniversität der Künste, Berlin, DE 
W. Dean SutcliffeUniversity of Auckland, NZ 
Costas TsougrasAristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR

Submission Guidelines

Before submitting your proposal, please read below carefully.

Submitting your Proposal 

1. Only online submissions will be accepted for consideration. Submission via email and other means will not be considered.
2. We encourage presenters to give their talks in English when possible, in order to ensure the broadest potential audience for the work being presented. Papers may be given in other languages. Please note, however, that only proposals in English will be accepted.
3. You may submit no more than one proposal for each of the three categories of presentation: free papers, roundtables, and study sessions.
4. Proposals of no more than 300 words for free papers and of no more than 500 words for roundtables and study sessions should be submitted via our respective online forms.
5. For roundtables and study sessions, only the coordinator/chair needs to submit a proposal.
6. Our online submission system will be available only between January 15 and June 30, 2021. Using the username and password that you create, you may revise your proposal on the same online form at any point until the date of the submission deadline, June 30, 2021.
7. All presenters are expected to register for the congress. Successful applicants will be notified by email no later than October 31,       2021.
8. If you wish to withdraw a submission, please contact the Professional Congress Organizer at  

Formatting Guidelines

Italics: Use underscore character, e.g., “_One_is a composition by John Cage.”
Do not use footnotes: Provide citations in short form as necessary. e.g., “Hardy 1874, pp. 23-24.”

Complete the online submission form, according to the guidelines. Once the submission is completed you will be notified about the results until October 31, 2021.

Registration Fees here.

For more information visit the site of the 21st Quinquennial IMS Congress.