CFP: CSTM 2019 Montreal


Legacies and Prospects: Pasts and Futures in Music

Canadian Society for Traditional Music Annual Conference
Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
May 24-26, 2019

Submission Deadline:December 1, 2018

The year 2019 – the threshold of the third decade of the twenty-first century – is a particularly opportune time to consider both the past and the future of traditional, folk, and vernacular musics around the world. This year marks the 50thanniversary of the Woodstock festival, a watershed event in the history of folk and popular musics in North America, and the 40thanniversary of the 1979 Revolution in Iran, which effected a ban on popular music in that country. It also marks two decades since the introduction of the Napster peer-to-peer file sharing platform, which disrupted long-established models for the sharing and distribution of music, irrevocably changing the global music industry across all musical genres. What shifts have we seen in the artistry, politics, technology, business, and mediation of music and culture? What directions might traditional, folk, and vernacular musics and their study take over the next decade? As we look to the new “Twenties,” the time is ripe for anticipation and reflection.

For our 2019 meeting, held in conjunction with IASPM-Canada, the CSTM program committee invites proposals for papers, roundtables, panels, workshops, film screenings, and performance-based presentations on the topic of music’s pasts, presents, and possible futures. In particular, proposals on the following subthemes are encouraged:

What is the future of folk and traditional musics around the world?

  • Emerging artistic strategies, generational shifts, and technologies
  • Changing venues, channels of distribution, listening styles and practices
  • Developing/declining festivals, tourism, economic development, and sustainability
  • Defining vernacular music in a digital age

How will forces of migration and immigration shape the musical landscapes in which we work and make music?

  • Emerging sounds, relationships, and musical forms
  • Memory, imagination, creative processes
  • Expressive cultures of youth and aging populations

How will we approach the study of music and sound?

  • Epistemology and ways of knowing
  • Emerging methodologies, historical ethnomusicology, digital humanities
  • Theoretical directions

How will new pedagogical approaches affect the development of future musicians and scholars?

  • Innovative and disruptive technologies, alternative learning/delivery models
  • Interdisciplinary training (entrepreneurship, social enterprise)
  • Inclusive and decolonized methodologies


We welcome proposals on these and any other themes of interest to the membership of CSTM. We also welcome special presentation proposals that address student interests and concerns or professional development. Please submit proposals using the Google forms below. Individual presenters should provide an abstract of no more than 250 words, and include author information (name, affiliation, email address, and 50-word bio). Panel proposals should include a 150-word overview of the panel in addition to the individual paper proposals of 250 words each and specify whether they require a 90-minute slot (for three papers) or a 120-minute slot (for four papers). Please indicate any special audio-visual or other needs for your presentation.

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Inquiries can be directed to

2019 Program Committee:
Chair: Janice Esther Tulk (Cape Breton University)
Committee: Ameera Nimjee (University of Chicago); Marion MacLeod (Independent Scholar); Louise Wrazen (York University)