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The American Musical Instrument Society


Call for Papers
41st Annual AMIS/CIMCIM Meeting
May 15 to 20, 2012
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and
The Manhattan School of Music
New York, NY
Proposals due by November 1, 2011

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Manhattan School of Music will host the 41st annual meeting of the American Musical Instrument Society (AMIS), to be held jointly with the International Committee of Musical Instrument Museums and Collections (CIMCIM) in New York from May 15 to May 20, 2012. The theme of the conference is The Arts and Artists of Musical Instruments.

Musical instruments are produced by skilled luthiers and played by skilled performers. They are often decorated or depicted by people working in the visual arts.  Our theme, recognizing the unique environment of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, opens possibilities for exploring the confluence of these artistic energies.

The program committee for the meeting (James Kopp, chair; Niles Eldredge; Kenneth Moore; and Maria Rose) welcomes proposals for papers, lecture-recitals, lecture-demonstrations, performances, and panel discussions on topics relating to the history, design, use, care, and acoustics of musical instruments from all cultures and time periods. Proposals relating to the conference theme are particularly sought.

Presentations will ordinarily be limited to 20 minutes (followed by time for questions). Lecture-recitals, lecture-demonstrations, and performances may be granted additional time, at the discretion of the program committee.  The language of the proposals and presentations is English, and a paper should be delivered in person at the meeting by its author. All presenters must register for the conference.

November 1, 2011, is the deadline for submission of proposals. Applicants whose proposals are accepted will be notified by December 15, 2011. Abstracts for accepted presentations will then be placed on the society’s website (, where information about all aspects of the conference will be available. Abstracts/proposals of no more than 350 words should be submitted as Microsoft Word documents, attached to an e-mail and sent to James Kopp, Program Chair ( Please submit two copies, one including the author’s name, institutional affiliation (if any), mailing address, e-mail address, and audio-visual needs; the other containing only the abstract/proposal, with no indication of authorship (for purposes of blind review). The unsigned (“blind”) copy of the abstract/proposal should also be pasted into the body of the e-mail message, in case of problems in file transfer.

For further information, contact: James Kopp, Program Chair (, 1106 Garden Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030 USA, or Jayson Dobney, Local Arrangements Chair (

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