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Deadline Extended, Scope Expanded, Flexible Format! – Oh, My!

1 reply, 1 voice Last updated by  Christine Boone 1 month ago
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  • #48571

    Christine Boone

    SMT 2021:

    Call for Participants in a Panel Discussion hosted by the Society for Music Theory’s Popular Music Interest Group


    Panel Discussion: Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On at 502021 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On (1971), an album that was recently awarded the number one spot on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list. The Popular Music Interest Group will host an in-person panel discussion featuring Dr. Andrew Flory (Carleton College) as a respondent. The discussion will also be livestreamed.

    Flexible Format: If you’re not sure if you’ll be able to make it to the in-person conference in Jacksonville, we are open to making this discussion into a hybrid format! Please submit a proposal!

    Expanded Scope: We are soliciting proposals for short (5-10 minute) expository arguments or analyses related to any aspect of this album, any aspect of Marvin Gaye’s music, Motown music circa 1971, or Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list, to be followed by a longer panel discussion and question/answer period.

    Extended Deadline: Please submit a 300-word proposal to by 5:00 pm (EST) on Tuesday, August 31.

    This topic was also posted in: Society for Music Theory.
  • #48612

    Christine Boone

    Update: SMT 2021 will be a VIRTUAL conference. Please submit a proposal for this virtual session!

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