Category: Call for Papers

CFP: North American Conference on Video Game Music

Deadline: October 1, 2016

Conference Dates: January 14–15, 2017

Conference Venue: University of Texas at Austin


Scholars are invited to submit proposals for the fourth North American Conference on Video Game Music, which will take place January 14–15, 2017 at the University of Texas at Austin. The conference organizing and program committee is composed of Jim Buhler (organizer, UT Austin), Neil Lerner (Davidson College), William Gibbons (TCU), Steven Reale (Youngstown State University), Karen Cook (University of Hartford), and Elizabeth Medina-Gray (Ithaca College).

The keynote speaker for this year’s conference will be announced as soon as possible.

We are soliciting proposals for presentations on any aspect of music in games, including, but not limited to:

  • The history of music in video games
  • Approaches to analyzing game music
  • Intersections of game music and other media (film, TV, etc.)
  • Critical and/or hermeneutic approaches to game music
  • Case studies of particular games
  • Game music and pedagogy
  • Ethnographic approaches to game music

Additional information regarding the conference:

  • Papers will be twenty minutes in length, with an additional ten minutes for discussion.
  • Proposals are limited to 250 words, and should include the title of the paper, but should otherwise include no identifying information, including metadata.
  • In the body of an e-mail, include your name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), contact information, and the title of your paper.
  • Email proposals to vgmconference AT by October 1, 2016. Successful candidates will be notified on or around November 1, 2016.


For further information, please feel free to contact Jim Buhler (jbuhler AT utexas DOT edu), to direct questions to the conference email address (vgmconference AT mail DOT com), or visit the conference website at

CFP: AMS Ludomusicology Study Group – AMS/SMT Vancouver, 3–6 November, 2016

Call for Papers
Ludomusicology Study Group of the American Musicological Society
AMS Vancouver, 3–6 November, 2016
Submission Deadline: April 25, 2016

The new AMS Ludomusicology Study Group will host a session at AMS/SMT Vancouver 2016. This year, we welcome abstracts (250 words max) for 20-minute presentations on any aspect of ludomusicology within or beyond digital games. All AMS members, regardless of familiarity with (or previous research of) video games, are welcome to submit and assist us in broadening the scope ofludomusicology. Critical inquiries might include:

– What makes play musical, and music playful?
– How do the meanings and stakes of performances, choreographies, bodies, and screens play out via sounds and other sensations?
– What is ludomusicology anyway, and how can it interface with current ideas in music theory, ethnomusicology, music education, and music therapy?

Please send submissions (as Word docs) to gamemusicstudies -at- by April 25, 2016. Do not include your name/identifying information in the submission itself. The program committee will send out decisions by May 10, 2016.


Ludo UK 2016 Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is now available for the 2016 meeting of the Ludomusicology UK Videogame Music Research Group! The meeting will take place from April 8th-10th, on campus at the University of Southampton. The keynote speaker will be Neil Lerner (Davidson College). Poster for the event available here.