Call for papers – Nova Contemporary Music Meeting 2nd Edition: Music Performance as Creation

Musical Performance as creation

5 to 7 May 2021, Lisbon, Portugal

Nova Contemporary Music Meeting (NCMM) is a biennial, 3-day international conference launched by the Contemporary Music Research Group (GIMC) of CESEM (Centre for the Study of the Sociology and Musical Aesthetics at Nova University, Lisbon) and focused on a variety of questions relating to music since the beginning of the 20th century.
Music today is more diverse than ever. The variety of genres, practices, techniques, technologies, systems of dissemination and forms of reception, brings to a new context in which the foundation of previous assumptions is shaken, and new paradigms are emerging. Music from the past, as well as from the present, is now omnipresent in our society, from the concert hall to the museum, from the media to public spaces, to private listening with headphones. As a result of each one of these and other situations, studying music is now challenging and depends on a multiplicity of artistic and scientific domains.
In this context, NCMM was conceived as a contribution to the development of multidisciplinary and collaborative research in the field of contemporary music, and it consists in a research meeting that bring together researchers, musicologists, composers and performers, working with a diversity of areas related to contemporary music. With a special focus on the articulation between musical practices and research activities, whether theoretical or practice-based, NCMM intends to respond to the current challenges of contemporary music, in its artistic and research practices, offering a platform for proposing, discussing and disseminating knowledge in a variety of fields.
Each edition will focus on a special main subject, but NCMM will also be open to other topics.

Guidelines for Submission

The deadline for submission of paper proposals is Friday, 27 December 2020 midnight EST.

Notification of acceptance will be emailed to applicants by 15 February 2021. A submission should consist of a zipped folder containing:

  • The paper abstract in English (500 words maximum, including 2 to 3 keywords), headed by the author’s name(s), organizational affiliation (if any), contact address, telephone, and email address, in PDF;
  • A short CV (2 pages max.)
  • A list of main publications (up to 10 entries), in PDF.
  • A short biography (up to 150 words), in PDF;Submission are to be made directly by email to: Please send a copy (cc) to: imp@fcsh.unl.ptThe abstract as well as the short biography should be ready for publication if the paper is accepted. A programme containing the paper abstracts and biographies will be published on the NCMM website <> and made available at the conference.Submissions from students and early-career postdoctoral researchers are particularly encouraged.Paper presentation guidelines:
    • Each paper presentation will be 20 minutes (including a 5 minute question period). Papers are to be given in English.
    • Standard presentation equipment will be provided including a video projector and stereo sound system. Please bring your own VGA or HDMI connector, as well as a mini-jack output adaptor if it is not included on your device.
    • A computer will be available in the conference rooms.

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