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Call for Papers-Society for Music Perception and Cognition

What follows is the call for papers for the upcoming meeting 
of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC), 
which may be of interest to some members of the Auditory 
List. Please forgive me if this arrives as a duplicate 
posting. Also attached is a .pdf form of the call. 
Additional details about the conference will be posted as 
they become available at musicperception.org. Please do not 
hesitate to contact me should questions arise about the 

Michael Hall
Program Committee Chair, SMPC 2007
Department of Psychology
James Madison University
MSC 7401
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
phone: (540) 568-7877

Call for Papers
Society for Music Perception and Cognition
SMPC 2007 Meeting
Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec Canada

The Society for Music Perception and Cognition is a not-for-
profit organization for researchers and others interested in 
music perception and cognition. It seeks to further the 
scientific and scholarly understanding of music from a broad 
range of disciplines, including music theory, psychology, 
psychophysics, linguistics, neurology, neurophysiology, 
ethology, ethnomusicology, artificial intelligence, computer 
technology, physics and engineering. The society also seeks 
to facilitate cooperation among scholars and scientists who 
are engaged in research in this interdisciplinary field, and 
subsequently advance education and public understanding of 
knowledge gained from music research.

SMPC invites the submission of proposals from any of the 
disciplines listed above for their biennial meeting (SMPC 
2007) to be held from July 30 to August 3, 2007, at 
Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec. Presentations at the 
conference will reflect a combination of spoken 
presentations and poster presentations. Spoken presentations 
are expected to reflect larger, theoretical discussions, as 
well as programmatic empirical work, whereas isolated 
empirical studies will be encouraged for consideration as 
poster presentations. The duration of each spoken 
presentations is expected to be 20 to 30 minutes, ultimately 
depending upon the number of abstracts accepted for 
inclusion in the meeting.

Potential presenters should submit an abstract of 300-400 
words that provides a clear rationale for the 
project/review, plus a brief summary of methods, findings, 
theoretical interpretations and conclusions derived from the 
submitted work. All submissions additionally should include 
the title of the paper, names and institutional affiliations 
of each author, contact information (including mailing 
address, e-mail address, and telephone number) for one 
author who will correspond about submission status, the 
preferred presentation method (i.e., oral or poster 
presentation), as well as any anticipated needs for special 
equipment to deliver the presentation. (LCD, overhead, and 
slide projectors will be available for all oral 

Proposals also are welcomed for symposia.   For symposia, 
sessions should feature multiple papers on a shared special 
topic. Some examples of possible topics for symposia are 
jazz/non-classical canon, as well as electroacoustics, 
musique concrete, and technology. Proposals for symposia 
should include an abstract for each potential spoken 
presentation (also indicating all authors, their 
institutional affiliations, and contact information for a 
corresponding author), plus a 1-page general summary 
outlining the sessionâs overall rationale and organization 
along with correspondence information for a designated 
session coordinator (presumably, the submitting author). 

Finally, proposals also are invited for 1-2 potential half-
day to three-quarter-day workshops that focus on special 
topics. Workshops would be made available as brief satellite 
meetings immediately prior to the official opening of the 
conference on July 30. Proposals for workshops should 
emphasize interactions among participants rather than 
strictly a collection of expert presentations. Thus, any 
workshop proposal should include opportunities for attendees 
to gain direct experience with the topic. Registration for a 
given workshop is expected to be limited to 25-30 attendees. 
Workshop proposals should include a detailed statement of 
the proposed topic, clearly defined goals and objectives for 
the workshop, a brief summary of proposed workshop 
activities and their organization, as well as names, 
affiliations, and contact information for no more than two 
leaders for the workshop.

In order to be considered for inclusion in the program, all 
abstracts and proposals must be submitted electronically 
directly to the SMPC Program Chair at smpc2007@xxxxxxx; hard 
copy submissions will not be accepted. The subject line of 
the e-mail should read SMPC 2007 Submission; all requested 
information should be contained within an attached file in 
either Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. 
The deadline for receipt of all submitted abstracts and 
proposals is February 15, 2007. 

All submissions will be assessed by the Program Committee 
with respect to 1) the degree to which the topic is suitable 
for the society and relevant to related research areas, 2) 
the clarity and detail of project goals, and 3) the 
appropriateness of employed research methods and theoretical 
interpretations of results. Corresponding authors will 
subsequently be notified of the results of the committeeâs 
evaluation via e-mail. All questions pertaining to 
submissions for individual presentations, as well as 
potential proposals for symposia and workshops, should be 
directed to Michael Hall, Chair, SMPC 2007 Program 
Committee, Department of Psychology, James Madison 
University, MSC 7401, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 [phone: (540) 
568-7877, e-mail: smpc2007@xxxxxxx].

Montreal is a cosmopolitan island city that reflects a touch 
of Europe in Canada. French, English, Spanish, Greek and 
many other languages are spoken by its inhabitants. The city 
features many historic sites, including numerous churches 
and forts, museums, and the remains of the old walled city. 
Examples of Montrealâs varied and beautiful landscape 
include views across the St. Lawrence from Mont Royal (which 
is accessible on foot from downtown), the plains and 
mountains of the South Shore, fountains at the Place des 
Arts, and many lush urban parks. The city also consistently 
plays host to a wide range of events and activities. There 
are several summer festivals, the Old Port and le Vieux 
Montreal, La Ronde amusement park, extensive shopping 
downtown or in the underground city, and a variety of 
excellent restaurants. Montreal also has a very active night 
life along âthe Mainâ (St-Laurent Blvd.), numerous theatres 
and clubs, and an array of musical concerts (ranging from 
Baroque to symphonic, rock, jazz, or contemporary). 

Officially established in 1974 by a merger of Sir George 
Williams University downtown and Loyola College 7 km to the 
west, Concordia Universityâs deepest roots date back to 
1896. Openness, accessibility, and a quest for excellence 
underpin Concordia's English motto, "real education for the 
real world". The university boasts an enrollment of nearly 
40,000 students, of whom approximately 10 percent are 
international students. Concordia features inter-
disciplinary and cutting-edge research programs, with 
constituent faculties in Arts and Science, Engineering and 
Computer Sciences, the John Molson School of Business, Fine 
Arts, as well as a School of Graduate Studies, a department 
of Continuing Education, and a University of the Streets. 
Further information on the university and its surrounding 
area can be found at the Concordia website 

Important information concerning travel arrangements and 
transportation, lodging (including hotel and university 
accommodations), and registration will be posted as it 
becomes available on the conference website, which can be 
linked to from the SMPC home page, www.musicperception.org. 
Questions about these issues may be directed to Christine 
Beckett, Chair, SMPC 2007 Local Arrangements Committee via 
the post at Department of Music, Concordia University, 7141 
Sherbrooke West, Montreal, Quebec, H4B 1R6 Canada, or 
alternatively, via e-mail at cbeckett@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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