Call for Papers: Character, Caricature, Characterization

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Music Graduate Student Association Conference flyer

Date: October 2-3, 2020
Location: Case Western Reserve University
Proposals Due: June 17, 2020
ContactBethany Nickel

The Music Graduate Student Association at Case Western Reserve University is pleased to announce a conference for graduate students (including recent graduates) to be held on October 2-3, 2020. Entitled “Character, Caricature, Characterization,” this conference seeks to bring together scholars, performers, and educators who engage with the various meanings and incarnations of “characters” across music scholarship and practice, including operatic and cinematic characters, musical alter egos, mimetic gesture (e.g., rhetorical figures, onomatopoeia, etc.), expression in ensemble or opera conducting, musical theater, and K-12 instruction in dramatization, show choir, and voice (e.g., storytelling, vocal and tonal inflection, gender bias).In addition to paper sessions and lecture-recitals, the conference will feature keynote presentations by Professor Kyra Gaunt (University at Albany) and Professor Martha Feldman (University of Chicago).

Proposals for 20-minute papers or 45-minute lecture-recitals are invited from graduate students working in all music disciplines and related fields in the humanities and beyond, including but not limited to historical musicology, historical performance, ethnomusicology, music education, music theory, and modern performance.

Proposals are due June 17 and should include an abstract of no more than 300 words, as well as the presenter’s name, institutional affiliation, and any special technology/instrument requests. Abstracts should be sent as Word documents and should exclude any information that may identify the author.

Please send proposals or questions to Bethany Nickel.


We are closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19. The conference will take place in person, although contingencies are in place to host the conference online if necessary. Participants will be notified before July 31.