Call for Papers

Call for Papers:

Pre-existing Music in Screen-Media: Problems, Questions, Challenges

12th Meeting of the Music and Media (MaM) Study Group of the IMS, Cleveland

The Music and Media (MaM) Study Group of the International Musicological Society (IMS) invites proposals to its twelfth annual international conference. Due to Covid-19, the conference was postponed last year.We will now host a virtual meeting on June 10-11, 2021. The meeting will be hosted by Cleveland State University and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

We welcome proposals that examine the theoretical and practical implications of pre-existing music in a variety of screen media—with special emphasis on cinema, music videos, and digital technologies. We encourage scholarship from a wide range of interdisciplinary approaches—musicology, film studies, ludomusicology, composition, etc.

Conference topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • The definition of pre-existing music in screen media; What is pre-existing music? What are the specific characteristics of pre-existing music?
  • Pre-existing music and socio-cultural representations in cinema
  • Pre-existing music, cultural coding and “recodification” in specific cinematic contexts
  • Pre-existing music and intertextuality
  • Re-appropriation of pre-existing music in screen media
  • Pre-existing classical, jazz, and popular music in screen media
  • Pre-existing music in video games and non-fictional cinema (documentary films, television)
  • Pre-existing music vs. commissioned music
  • Pre-existing music and auteur cinema
  • Licensing of pre-existing music for film, television, and other media.
  • Pre-existing music, post-existing music, and cinematic listening

Keynote speakers are Carol Vernallis (Stanford University) and James Buhler (University of Texas at Austin).

Deadline: April 15, 2021. Participants will be notified by May 15, 2021.

Each speaker will have 20 minutes for the paper plus 10 minutes for discussion.

Please include as pdf or Word file: an abstract of no more than 250 words, a biographical note of no more than 150 words, contact details including academic affiliation, if applicable. Proposals should be for papers that have not been previously presented or published.

Scholars who have submitted a proposal last year will be notified separately and given the opportunity to revise their abstracts.

Please send proposals to: Ewelina Boczkowska (


A modest fee will be charged for conference attendance. IMS members will get a discount.

The program conference committee includes:

Carol Vernallis, Stanford University

James Buhler, University of Texas at Austin

Chloé Huvet, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

Tobias Pontara, Gothenburg University

Emile Wennekes, Utrecht University (chair of MaM)

Ewelina Boczkowska, Youngstown State University (co-organizer)

Jason Hanley, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (co-organizer)

Michael Baumgartner, Cleveland State University (co-organizer)