Call for Submissions

SPS Session Zoom:


NEW DEADLINE: Monday, January 24, 2022 at 11:59pm


As we continue to navigate an apocalyptic pandemic, calls for a return to normal ring widely. At the same time, global political unrest, institutionalized oppression, and endemic injustice, inequality, and inequity have revealed that perhaps normal is no longer worth pursuing. Instead, the struggle to design a New World is upon us. How can we dismantle oppressive systems that have guided us and, in their place, build systems aimed at reconciliation and reparation? Certainly, music moves alongside culture as it pursues a New World. 

The 2022 Harvard Graduate Music Forum Conference seeks to examine how an understanding of music, musicians, sound, listening, and musical objects can intersect with decolonial frameworks and theories, broadly construed. We welcome proposals from graduate students in historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, music composition, performance, and anyone interested in music beyond these sub-disciplines. Presenters are invited to submit a proposal for papers, lecture-recitals, or other scholarly presentations on any subject of musical interest. We are interested in decoloniality both as a topic and as a practice/methodology, and especially welcome applications for non-traditional formats such as podcasts, video essays, group presentations, and more. 

We welcome topics on sonic or musical objects specifically addressing decoloniality and/or post-coloniality. Other potential topics include, but are not limited to, decolonial lenses on:

  • anti-racism, abolitionism, and critical race theory

    • Asian and Asian American Studies

    • Latin American Studies

    • African and African American Studies

    • Indigeneity and Indigenous Studies

    • Diasporic Studies

  • anti-sexism, gender, and queer theory

  • mobility and borders

  • ethical musicking 

  • belief and spirituality 

  • sound studies

  • disability studies 

Abstracts should be limited to 300 words and submitted via this Google Form by Friday, January 7th at 11:59pm EST. Presentations must adhere to the Cite Better pledge for inclusive scholarship. 


On the Google Form, please make sure to indicate what kind of presentation you will be offering. You may choose whether your presentation be prerecorded or live presented via Zoom. However, we highly recommend presentations involving musical performance be pre-recorded. Guidelines for both formats are provided below:

  • Pre-recorded: We encourage creative forms of pre-recorded content, whether that be audio only or audiovisual presentation. Examples include podcasts, video essays, lecture-recitals etc. Upon acceptance, these should be submitted to the program committee two weeks in advance of the conference, (by 12:00 AM EDT on Friday, Feb. 5)  for upload onto the conference website for attendees to consume in advance, with your panel time dedicated to live Zoom Q&A discussion.
  • Live: Live paper presentations might include: spontaneous presentation, standard conference-style paper presentation, encouraging audience participation in unique ways. Your conference time slot would then include a twenty minute live presentation + and a five minute live Q&A.
If you have any questions, please email the co-chairs of this conference, Sharri K. Hall and Eloy F. Ramirez, at Women, persons of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and international applicants are especially encouraged to apply. <embed>
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