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Call for Papers
42nd Annual AMIS Meeting 2012
Colonial Williamsburg
Williamsburg, Virginia
May 30 to June 1, 2013

Call for Papers
Proposals due by November 15, 2012


Colonial Williamsburg will host the 42nd annual meeting of the American Musical Instrument Society, to be held jointly with the Historical Keyboard Society of North America in Williamsburg from May 30 to June 1, 2013. The theme of the conference is "Roots of American Musical Life."

Through performances, papers, demonstrations, panel discussions, and exhibits, we will explore the people, instruments, and influences that ventured across boundaries and crossed oceans to form the heritage of music in America. Colonial culture was, by and large, in the London orbit, but then, as now, this was a nation of immigrants, and the reciprocal lines of influence reached across the world. Every consideration will also be given to proposals outside or peripheral to the theme. Colonial Williamsburg, the backdrop for the meeting, is the world’s largest living history museum—the restored 18th-century capital of Britain’s largest, wealthiest, and most populous outpost of empire in the New World. Most sessions take place in the Museums of Williamsburg where the exhibit, ”Changing Keys: Keyboard Instruments for America 1700-1830” will have just opened.

The Program Committee (Stewart Carter, chair, Ed Kottick, and David Thomas) 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 15, 2012, is the deadline for submission of proposals. Applicants whose proposals are accepted will be notified by December 31, 2012. 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 Stewart Carter, AMIS Program Chair ( Please submit two versions, one including the author’s name, institutional affiliation (if any), mailing address, email 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: Stewart Carter, AMIS Program Chair ( Wake Forest University, 1833 Faculty Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106, or John Watson, Local Arrangements Chair (


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