Call for Papers – Fourth International Conference

Fourth International Conference on Music and Minimalism, Long Beach, CA, 3-6 October 2013

You are kindly invited to submit proposals for the Fourth International Conference on Music and Minimalism, jointly hosted by UCLA and the California State University, Long Beach on the campus of CSULB in Long Beach, CA, 3-6 October 2013.

All scholars interested in music and minimalism are invited to submit paper proposals. The conference welcomes all papers concerning minimalist and post-minimalist music as well as the many subsequent styles they inspired, and is committed to the broadest methodological scope, including analytical, historical, cultural, philosophical, composer-centric, and performance-oriented presentations. In honor of the conference’s West Coast location, the organizers would especially like to encourage papers (or session proposals) on the theme of “Minimalism and the Left (Coast),” including such topics as:

  • California minimalism (composers, labels, scenes, trends, institutions like the SF Tape Music Center, Cold Blue Recordings, etc.)
  • Minimalism and the Pacific Rim (Japan, China, East Asia)
  • Minimalism and Hollywood
  • Countercultural minimalism (minimalism, popular music, altered consciousness)
  • Minimalism and leftist (or rightist) politics (the 1960s and after)

The Society is also interested, as always, in new research on the core minimalist, post-minimalist, and “totalist” repertories; engagement with the work of lesser-known composers, especially from outside the USA, the United Kingdom, and Europe; and position papers on the larger implications of musical minimalism in contemporary world culture:

  • The minimalist and post-minimalist “core” repertoire (Young, Reich, Riley, Glass, Adams, etc.)
  • Minimalism outside the USA (Louis Andriessen, Simeon ten Holt, Gavin Bryars, Hans Otte, Eliane Radigue, Karel Goeyvaerts, Zoltan Jeney, Steve Martland, Kevin Volans, Jo Kondo, etc.)
  • Global minimalism and world music (minimalism in East and South Asia, Australasia, Africa, and Latin America; the influence of these and other non-Western musics on minimalist composers in the West)
  • Crucial but less public figures in the minimalist story: William Duckworth, Tony Conrad, Phil Niblock, Jon Gibson, Rhys Chatham, David Borden, Glenn Branca, Julius Eastman, Terry Jennings, John Luther Adams, Gavin Bryars, Rick Cox, Michael Jon Fink, Jim Fox, Peter Garland, Daniel Lentz, Ingram Marshall, Read Miller, Larry Polansky, David Rosenboom, Phillip Schroeder, Chas Smith, etc., etc.
  • Minimalism, opera, new music theater (Robert Wilson, George Coates, Mikel Rouse, Paul Dresher, Rinde Eckert, etc.) and dance (Anna Halprin, Lucinda Childs, Meredith Monk, etc.)
  • The significance of minimalist and post-minimalist music as cultural practice
  • Minimalism, space, ecology, the environment (ambient music, John Luther Adams, deep listening, etc.)
  • Minimalism, sexuality, and gender (female composers [Monk, Oliveros, Speech, Lockwood, Radigue, Ustvolskaya]; repetition, cyclic process, and gender; etc.)
  • Aesthetics/listening/analysis: discussions of the particular ways in which minimalism invites listening attitudes and their impact on music analysis
  • Minimalism, post-minimalism and their influence on contemporary music composition (see lecture recitals, below)
  • The performance practice of minimalism and post-minimalism (see lecture recitals below)

Contributions are welcomed in the form of individual papers (20 minutes) and themed sessions of 3-4 papers, as well as non-traditional sessions or events, such as listening environments or poster sessions.

For individual papers, abstracts containing a maximum of 400 words should be sent as email attachments, by February 1, 2013, to For themed sessions, please collate abstracts for the constituent papers and a short abstract of the session theme into a single document and submit as above. The conference is also happy to present lecture-recitals, including the possibility for composers and/or performers to present their own minimalism-related work. Those considering a proposal for a lecture-recital (or any other type of non-traditional session) are strongly encouraged to contact Robert Fink ( and Carolyn Bremer ( as soon as possible in order to discuss their plans informally, prior to submitting a formal proposal.

More information will be posted here as details become available.


Formally Joining the Society

Those wishing to formally join the society may do so here. We are asking for those that were initially contacted via email about formalizing their membership to please register. Only those members that do register will be eligible to vote in the upcoming elections for the new committee.

Farewell from Leuven

This was Leuven 2011. Thanks to all the delegates for contributing to four days filled with intense discussions, great papers and lots of fun. Hoping to see all of you (and many more) again in 2013 at the next conference, to be held ‘somewhere’ in the USA.

Updated Program

Due to some late cancellations, we had to make a few changes to the conference program. The newest (and  – so we hope – definitive) program can be found here. [UPDATE: This is the newest version, with session chairs added.]

All the paper sessions take place at the conference venue: Huis Bethlehem, Schapenstraat 34, 3000 Leuven. Except for the following activities which take place in other locations (all venues are within walking distance from each other):

Optional concert Wednesday 12 Oct. and Conference welcome reception: Schouwburg Leuven, Bondgenotenlaan 21, 3000 Leuven
Lecture-recitals, Thursday 13 Oct.: STUK (Ensemblezaal), Naamsestraat 96, 3000 Leuven
Conference dinner, Thursday 13 Oct.: De Adellijke Belofte, Naamsestraat 60, 3000 Leuven
Conference concert, Friday 14 Oct.: STUK (Soetezaal), Naamsestraat 96, 3000 Leuven
Closing session/concert 15 Oct.: MATRIX, Minderbroedersstraat 48, 3000 Leuven

A map of Leuven with these venues indicated, can be found here.

Registration has opened

Registration for the 3rd International Conference on Music and Minimalism is now possible. On the 2011 Conference page, the registration form is available, together with a link that will direct you to the secure online payment facilities of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

A preliminary program has been posted as well, though this might still be subject to (slight) changes.

We hope to welcome you in Leuven in October!

Travel Information Available

We’ve posted some information on traveling to Leuven and finding accommodation. As the conference is non-residential, delegates are kindly asked to take care of booking their own accommodation. Please refer to the ‘Conference 2011’ page on this site for more details.

The conference will begin on Wednesday 12 October 2011 around noon and will end on Saturday 15 October in the early evening. More details about the program will be posted here as soon as possible, together with information about registration.