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Music and the Moving Image Conference XIX

Conference In-Person at NYU Steinhardt:
Friday, May 26 - Sunday, May 28, 2023

Call for Papers
The annual Music and the Moving Image Conference invites abstracts for paper presentations that explore the relationship between the vast universe of moving images (film, television, streaming media, video games, and advertisements) and that of music and sound. We encourage submissions from scholars and practitioners, as well as from multidisciplinary teams that have pooled their knowledge to solve problems or to develop new perspectives regarding the relationship between music and moving images. Abstracts will be selected based on their originality, relevance, significance, and clarity of presentation.

Keynote Speaker: Kathryn Bostic 
Kathryn Bostic is a composer and artist known for her work on award-winning films, TV, and live theater, including scores for Clemency (2019) and the Emmy-nominated films Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir (2021) and Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019). Songwriter, pianist and vocalist, Bostic is the recipient of the Sundance Institute/Time Warner Fellowship, and Best Music in Film by the African American Film Critics Association. In 2016 she became the first female African American score composer to join the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Keynote Panel: The Role of Screen Music in the Music Theory Classroom

Moderator: Frank Lehman (Tufts Univ)
Panelists: Julianne Grasso (Florida State Univ), Sarah Louden (New York Univ), Táhirih Motazedian (Vassar College), and Scott Murphy (Univ of Kansas).

Paper abstracts (up to 250 words) should be submitted no later than December 16, 2022.

Submit via JotForm

Conference Committee:
James Mc Glynn: Royal Holloway, University of London (“The Adaptation of Narrative and Musical Source Material in HBO’s Watchmen” in After Midnight: Analysing the Post-Watchmen Sequels)
Táhirih Motazedian: Vassar College (Key Constellations: Interpreting Tonality in Film [forthcoming, Univ. of California Press])
John Richardson: University of Turku (An Eye for Music: Popular Music and the Audiovisual Surreal [Oxford Univ. Press])
Ron Sadoff: New York University (The Moon and the Son / co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound)
Katherine Spring: Wilfrid Laurier University (Saying It With Songs: Popular Music and the Coming of Sound to Hollywood Cinema [Oxford Univ. Press]).

This year’s conference will run for three days, Friday, May 26th - Sunday, May 28th, 2023 with sessions until Sunday evening. The conference will run prior to the NYU Film Scoring Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker (May 29th – June 9th, 2023).

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NYU Summer Conference Housing

NYU Housing is available to Music and the Moving Image Conference registrants. Accommodations are only provided to adults (18+). Minors (under 18 years of age) are not allowed in NYU conference housing. Housing will only be provided to registered conference attendees. No family members, guests or un-registered spouses/partners will be provided housing. Both single and shared accommodations are available. 

Housing reservations dates are:

May 25, 2023 (move-in) - May 29, 2023 (move out)

Fees and Registration

Regular Registration: $225
Student Registration: $95
Shared Room (4 nights) = $320
Single Room (4 nights) = $480

*Housing reservation payment is made within registration site. Select your registration type accordingly. 

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We appreciate the generous support of scholarships provided by the Film Music Foundation (FMF), a nonprofit California Public Benefit Corporation that promotes appreciation of the art and craft of film music through education, filmed interviews, scholarly research and writing, and film scoring workshops for students.