Call for Special Session: Campfire Discussions

Submission Deadline: 12 noon Mountain Time on Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The College Music Society will hold its Sixty-Third National Conference October 22–24, 2020, at the Hilton Miami Downtown in Miami, Florida, in conjunction with the 2020 National Conference of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) and National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI).

The Program Committee invites proposals from pairs of moderators interested in leading a “campfire discussion.” The goal of this 55-minute session is to inspire open dialogue between the moderators and the attendees, as well as amongst the attendees themselves, about a thought-provoking concept or inspirational idea. To open the campfire session, the two moderators will speak to the premise for 15 minutes, followed by 35 minutes of group discussion, thus allowing the audience to dictate the direction of the conversation based on the moderators’ introductory ideas. The moderators will be asked to give a summative statement based on the group discussions at the end of the session.

The Program Committee is most interested in receiving proposals from moderators representing different disciplines or different ranks within academia. Submissions that relate do the following topics are encouraged and will be given priority:

  1. Issues within the core curriculum;
  2. Effective conversation strategies between members of music sub-disciplines; and
  3. Advocacy and relevancy of the discipline and/or
  4. Improving accessibility to and engagement with music within our communities.

 
CONSIDERATIONS

  • Prior to submission, proposers must communicate with all co-presenters regarding their interest and availability. Proposals not listing all participants will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered.
  • All persons whose work is selected for inclusion on the program are expected to register for and attend the full conference. If the proposal is accepted, proposers will be asked to communicate with all participants in the presentation to ensure their registration by early summer 2020. At its discretion, the Program Committee may exempt from the registration and membership requirements specific individuals, such as non-music professionals. It is the responsibility of the individual who submits the proposal to, upon acceptance, make conference planners aware of any non-music professionals involved in their presentation and to request such an exemption.
  • Proposers agree to present on any day of the conference should their proposal be accepted.
  • The College Music Society does not fund travel expenses of accepted presenters.
  • Proposers must submit their own work and may not submit proposals on behalf of their students or others.
  • Proposals of a commercial nature that promote products and services will not be considered.

 
ELIGIBILITY

  • The Primary proposer must be a current member of The College Music Society. Persons interested in submitting a proposal should check their membership status well in advance of the submission deadline. Please note the processing time for membership applications and/or renewals is 1–2 business days.
  • It is not necessary for the second moderator to be a current member of CMS at the time of submission; however, if invited to the program, they must join the organization.

 
PROPOSAL SUBMISSION & PARTICIPATION POLICY

  • Submissions to this call should be unique and should not duplicate each other or work submitted by the proposer in response to any other Calls for this conference, including proposals submitted to ATMI or NACWPI.
  • Each member may submit only ONE proposal for a campfire session.
  • Each member is limited to TWO submissions to all calls for this conference (e.g., one campfire + one paper).
  • Each member may be added by others as a co-presenter (e.g., panelist or accompanist) to a maximum of TWO proposals.
  • The maximum number of presentations in which a member may be involved on the conference program is TWO. If more than two proposals involving the same member are accepted – regardless of whether the member submitted the proposal or was added another member’s proposal – the individual in question must choose in which two presentations s/he will participate.

 
PREPARATION OF MATERIALS

  • Electronic submissions are required. Proposals sent by mail will not be considered.
  • The College Music Society’s conference submission process is powered by Submittable. To submit a proposal, please (1) log in to the CMS members-only website using your user name and password and then (2) click the ‘Submit’ button at the bottom of this call. You will be directed to Submittable to complete your proposal. If you don’t already have a Submittable account, you will be prompted to establish one. (Click here for help using Submittable and to view a list of Frequently Asked Questions.)
  • A complete proposal includes:
  1. The proposal’s title.
  2. An abstract of 250 words or less. [insert “Preparing an Abstract” advice here]
  3. Optional: You may add up to 3 supporting materials to your proposal. These might include printed music examples, photos, statistics, or relevant data. Do not include lengthy documents, dissertations, CVs, resumes, or PowerPoint presentations.
  4. A list of required equipment and Internet needs (Internet connections may include a fee).
  5. A biography of the proposer (250-word maximum).
  6. Complete contact information for the co-moderator (email address, mailing address, and phone)
  7. A biography of the co-moderator (250-word maximum)

Please Note:

  • To support the blind review process, the name(s) or affiliation(s) of anyone involved in the presentation should not appear in the title or abstract, nor in the file names or body of submitted supplementary materials, as submissions are evaluated anonymously. Proposals identifying the proposer or co-presenters will be disqualified. Names and affiliations may appear in the “Co-Moderator” section of the proposal and in submitted biographies, however, as the review committee will not have access to this information.
  • When referencing one’s own previously published research, the proposer should refer to such research in the third person to avoid identifying themselves. For example, hypothetical proposal submitter D. Graham should write, “D. Graham’s article, ‘XYZ,’ summarizes pertinent issues,” instead of writing, “My article, ‘XYZ,’ summarizes pertinent issues.” The wording in the first example protects the anonymity of the author, while the second compromises the author’s anonymity by linking the author of the proposal to previously published work by a named author.
  • Submissions that do not conform to the above guidelines will not be considered.

 

TIMELINE

  • Proposals must be submitted by 12 noon Mountain Time on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.
  • Proposers will be notified by Thursday, March 26, 2020.

 
QUESTIONS?

Questions regarding this call should be directed to:
Pamela D. Pike, 2020 Program Chair

Questions concerning conference operations should be directed to:
Peter S. Park, CMS Director of Professional Activities

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