Sixth International Conference of the International Association for Word and Music Studies (WMA)

Date: August 15 – 18, 2007
Venue: University of Edinburgh

The International Association for Word and Music Studies (WMA) announces its Sixth International Conference to be held at the University of Edinburgh from August 15 to 18, 2007. Scholars active in all areas of Word and Music Studies are invited to participate in the conference, which coincides with the Edinburgh International Festival.

The primary theme is Self-reference in Literature and Music. Questions that may be addressed include:

– comparisons of specific forms of self-reference in literature and music
– explorations of individual works, genres, historical contexts or epochs etc.
– possible functions of self-reference from a media-comparative perspective
– to what extent is there such a thing as metamusic, i.e. music about music

The second theme, Surveying the Field involves papers airing general theoretical and methodological questions intrinsic to the scholarly field of Word and Music Studies. Papers in this area should not address specialized topics.

Thirdly, the conference will sponsor a Word and Music Studies Forum consisting of shorter papers on any subject in the field. Younger scholars are especially encouraged to present their work in the Forum.

Papers addressing the first or second themes should be 30 minutes in length. Papers for the Forum section should be 15 minutes in length. Submit abstracts of no more than 300 words, including your current location and academic affiliation, to Walter Bernhart ( by 15 September 2006.

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[Please note: this is an archival entry; conference website may be discontinued.]