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Music and the Moving Image Conference XX

Music and the Moving Image Conference XX
Friday, May 24 - Sunday, May 26
New York University

The 20th iteration of the annual Music and the Moving Image Conference invites abstracts for paper
presentations (20-min. limit) 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 develop new perspectives or solve research problems regarding the
relationship between music and moving images. Abstracts will be adjudicated according to three factors:
- relevance of the author’s major arguments to existing scholarship;
- significance of the paper as an original contribution to the scholarly community; and
- clarity of presentation, including the use of language accessible to scholars with a variety of

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by December 22, 2023.

Keynote Speaker: 


Conference Committee:

James Buhler (University of Texas–Austin) – Theories of the Soundtrack (Oxford University Press) and Hearing the Movies: Music and Sound in Film History (Oxford University Press)

Jeff Smith (University of Wisconsin–Madison) – The Sounds of Commerce (Columbia University Press) and Film Criticism, the Cold War and the Blacklist (University of California Press)

Colleen Montgomery (Rowan University) – co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of the Disney Musical and The Oxford Handbook of Media and Vocality (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

Ron Sadoff (New York University) – The Moon and the Son and co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound  

Katherine Spring (Wilfrid Laurier University) – Saying It With Songs (Oxford University Press) and co-editor of Resetting the Scene: Classical Hollywood Revisited (Wayne State University Press)

Siu-Lan Tan (Kalamazoo College) – Psychology of Music: From Sound to Significance (Routledge) and The Psychology of Music in Multimedia (Oxford University Press)

E-mail for more information.

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 TBA:


Fees and Registration


Register Here  (TBA)


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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.