Harvard University’s Graduate Music Forum invites proposals from graduate students for presentation and performances at the Spring 2020 conference. This two-day event is intended to foster the exchange and discussion of ideas amongst graduate students on a wide variety of musical genres and cultures, using diverse methodologies and interdisciplinary perspectives. The conference will be open to the public.

This year’s conference will be held from Friday, February 7, to Saturday, February 8, 2020, at Harvard University’s Department of Music in Cambridge, MA, featuring a keynote address by Professor Lester Hu (UC Berkeley), entitled “Why the Chinese Hated Harmony, 1754-1781: Towards a Comparative Musicology from the Margins.” Roundtable speakers for our conference will include Lester Hu, Kate van Orden, Virginia Danielson, and Alexander Rehding.

 Presenters are invited to submit a proposal for papers or other scholarly presesntations on any subject of musical interest. For a full Call for Submissions, see the conference site.

Past Conferences

2019: Music, Sound, & Censorship

2018: Ex-centric Music Studies

2017: Black Lives Matter: Music, Race, and Justice

2016: Musical Cartographies

2015: Work and Play: Economies of Music

2014: Color and Music

2013: Music at the Margins

2012: Music * Technology * Media