Annual Conference 2021 – Joint ICTM Ireland/SMI Plenary Conference

Annual Conference 2021

Irish National Committee of the International Council for Traditional Music

SMI and ICTM Ireland Plenary Conference 2021

Hosted by the Department of Music, School of Creative Arts, Trinity College Dublin.

27–30 May 2021

Call for Papers

The Annual Plenary Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (SMI) and the Irish Chapter of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM Ireland) of 2021 will be hosted by the Department of Music, Trinity College Dublin. We warmly invite papers from scholars in all areas of music, including composition, ethnomusicology, musicology, performance, and sonic arts. We encourage proposals not only from members of the SMI and ICTM but from scholars around the world.

Proposals for contributions are invited in four formats: (a) twenty-minute papers on any aspect of musicological research; (b) themed panels of three to four twenty-minute papers; (c) poster sessions comprising up to six ten-minute presentations followed by a general debate; (d) thirty-minute lecture-recitals. Themed panel sessions may include titles such as ‘music in public life’; ‘musicology/ethnomusicology and contemporary society’; ‘musical life during a pandemic’; ‘historical pedagogies’. Prospective organisers of panel and poster sessions are encouraged to suggest topics independent of these themes, which are listed here as suggestions.

With a view to reaching an international audience, this year’s plenary conference may include a digital component.

The IRC-SMI Harrison Medal will be awarded to Professor Michael Beckerman (Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Music, Collegiate Professor of Music New York University) for his outstanding research in Czech and eastern European music, film music, the music of the Roma, and music in the concentration camps. The award ceremony and Prof. Beckerman’s IRC Harrison Lecture will take place at this conference. 

ICTM-Ireland’s inaugural Oirdhearchas Award will be presented to Professor Thérèse Smith (University College Dublin) who will give a plenary lecture.

A joint SMI-ICTM Plenary Lecture will be given by Professor Harry White (University College Dublin), founder of the Society for Musicology in Ireland

Please send proposals to by 8 February 2021.

Please include an abstract of no more than 250 words in a Microsoft Word-compatible format or an outline of no more than 250 words of the topic(s) to be addressed and a list of potential speakers for panel or poster-session proposals. Where relevant, please indicate an institutional affiliation. 

The programme committee for SMI 2021 comprises Simon Trezise (Conference chair, TCD), Evangelia Rigaki (TCD), Michael Lee (TCD), Anja Bunzel (Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences), Lorraine Byrne Bodley (Maynooth University, SMI President), Helen Lawlor (Dundalk Institute of Technology, Chair of ICTM Ireland).

The conference is being held in association with the Irish Research Council and the Irish Traditional Music Archive.


We encourage a variety of methodological approaches and subject areas including but
not limited to those researching instrumental music, popular styles, community music,
music therapy, folklore studies, musicology, ethnomusicology, ethnochoreology, and
applied research inside and outside the academy to contribute to the discussion.

Conference conveners welcome submissions of 200-word abstracts from all relevant
academic fields. Session presentations will be 20 minutes long. Shorter postgraduate
presentations of works in progress may also be considered. ICTM Ireland aims to
include an even mix of research on Irish and non-Irish case studies. Once again we
particularly welcome short (10 minutes max.) video extract submissions, which will be
shown between panel sessions.
Please send abstracts to by 1 November 2019. Successful applicants will
be notified by 1 December 2019. A student travel bursary is available (see below).

Papers that address the following topics will be especially welcome:
• Music/musicians and social justice
• Music and marginalised communities
• Music and policies
• Politics/political movements and music
• Music and power structures
• Music and social change
• New research

Please send abstracts to by 1 November 2019. Successful applicants will
be notified by 1 December 2019. A student travel bursary is available (see below).
ICTM Student Travel Bursary
Purpose: To facilitate travel to the annual ICTM Ireland conference for a postgraduate
student. The award is based on the quality of abstracts submitted. All applications will
be judged by the ICTM Ireland committee.
• Postgraduate students at an Irish/international institute who are currently
registered as postgraduate students
• Applicants who have applied for and been accepted to present at the ICTM
Ireland conference
• Applicants music hold a current ICTM membership.
Prize: €100
Regularity: Annually
Applicants should email by 14 January. Awardees will be notified
by 1 February. Successful applicants will receive a cheque at the annual conference for
the award amount.