Student Research Conference

Inaugural National Community Music Student Research Conference

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Call for Papers

The International Centre for Community Music at York St John University in collaboration with Sound Sense will host the Inaugural National Community Music Student Research Conference on Thursday June 25 2015 in York.

This one-day event will provide a focused environment for students currently or recently engaged in research around the following themes:

  • Music and Inclusivity
  • Music, Participation, and Social Justice
  • Music, Participation and Cultural Democracy
  • Music, Participation, Power, and Knowledge

The event is open for undergraduates, Masters, and doctoral students and their supervisors. Observers are also welcome.

Keynote speakers will include Kathryn Deane from Sound Sense and Stephanie Pitts from the University of Sheffield.

The conference fee is £20 and includes lunch.


The organization committee invites submissions through two pathways:

  1. Research papers that contain the theoretical framework, research design, and data analysis.
  2. Descriptive papers that need not address the full elements of a research paper but nevertheless make a contribution to knowledge: these could include, for example, project reports that describe approaches to practice or impact on participants

Submissions should adhere to the following format: A single Word document containing an abstract of between 400-600 words; 6 Keywords; short biography (150 words); institutional affiliation and current student/graduate status; Indication of pathway 1 or 2.

Where a ‘creative’ or ‘performative’ element is to be included in the paper, this should highlighted in the abstract.

Please specify technical requirements (IT)

It is the organizers intention to find ways to include as many participants as possible. Papers not able to be presented on the day will be made available on the conference website. On acceptance, paper length will be specified.

Each presenter will be invited to submit a completed article to the International Journal of Community Music, which will feature a selection for a focused issue celebrating UK student research, or to Sounding Board the UK community music journal. (Both journals will be available at the ISME community music seminar in Edinburgh, July 2016.)

Deadline for abstract submission: 20 April 2015 to: 

Notification will be given on 30 April 2015.

For further enquire please contact:

Lee Higgins E: or Kathryn Deane E: