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Call for Papers: Global Digital Music Studies Conference

30 August 2022

A conference in honor of Dr. Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie, New York City, 12–13 April 2023.

UNESCO has argued that the Covid-19 crisis is a reminder “that we should nurture the socially-beneficial applications of digital technologies and focus on improving access and uses in countries where it is lacking.” Building on this and keeping true to its mission, Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) seeks to bring together researchers, educators, and librarians interested in the ways digital technologies intersect with music studies worldwide and in its broadest sense, encompassing all branches: historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, as well as popular music studies and other fields.

The conference will provide a forum for debate across the humanities, arts, and sciences to assess and address how digital music studies can be globally relevant and respond to broader questions of sustainability and resilience. The aim of the conference is to inspire new models for generating and disseminating musical knowledge with digital technologies that have the potential to engage and connect music research communities worldwide. Further, how can the educational sector benefit from technological advances and continue to use those innovations to develop new models and practices? How can digital technologies reshape and transform scholarly, creative, and pedagogical practices to make them more equitable (a long-term challenge for global communities at large)? How can digital sustainability be rethought for music studies in an age of climate crisis? What does all this mean for the development of digital libraries tailored to musicological research?

RILM welcomes contributions that build on these questions and are related to the various facets of global digital music studies. We seek contributions in the form of papers, panels, posters, and workshops that address the conference theme and address the following subjects:

  • digital innovation in and for music studies
  • digital preservation and intangible cultural heritage
  • new approaches to music archiving and information retrieval, music encodings and representations
  • computational music studies as discipline
  • digital pedagogies for music studies
  • digital music performance
  • music studies and emerging technologies such as distributed immersive environments and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • digital diversity, equity, and accessibility in the post-pandemic world
  • music studies and digital sustainability and decolonization
  • digitization problems in the global core and periphery

This conference is an in-person event and takes place at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, at 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016. Accommodations will be made for attendees and presenters not being able to travel.

The conference honors Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie’s 30 years of service to RILM, first as Editor, and from 1996 to 2022 as its Executive Director. Dr. Mackenzie has been instrumental in driving forward RILM’s mission to document the world’s knowledge on all musical traditions, and to make this knowledge accessible to research and performance communities worldwide via digital collections and advanced tools. RILM’s collections aim to include the music scholarship of all countries, in all languages, and across all disciplinary and cultural boundaries, thereby fostering research in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

Please submit a proposal, with title and an abstract of no more than 300 words, and include contact information (address, phone, and email) before 1 October 2022. Proposals for whole panels are welcome.

Tina Frühauf (
Zdravko Blažeković (

RILM at IMS, 2022

15 August 2022

RILM will participate at this year’s meeting of the International Musicological Society’s 21st quinquennial conference in Athens, 22–26 August 2022.

On Monday, 22 August, at 2:30pm/7:30am EDT, the RILM session will feature a panel on Greek music historiography, titled Writing the Shifting Borders of Greece: Music Historiographers’ Perspectives, which features presentations by Arsinoi Ioannidou (on behalf of Aris Bazmadelis), Kostas Chardas, Pavlos Kavouras, Markos Tsetsos, and Panos Vlagopoulos. This session is chaired jointly by Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie, Tina Frühauf, and Zdravko Blažeković. Tina and Zdravko will also present and participate in several other panels that focus on music historiography, migration, and global issues.

Please feel free to find any of us and ask questions, provide feedback, or just say hello. You can find more details on this exciting event in the conference program and on the conference website.

RILM Board of Directors Announces Next Executive Director

15 August 2022

August 15, 2022 – The Board of Directors of Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) is delighted to announce that Tina Frühauf, current Deputy Executive Director of RILM, will become its next Executive Director effective 29 August 2022. She will be the fifth person to lead RILM, succeeding Barry S. Brook (1966–89), Terrence E. Ford (1989–91), Adam P. J. O’Connor (1991–96), and Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie (1996–2022).

Following an international search, the Board of Directors unanimously selected Dr. Frühauf as RILM’s next Executive Director. “Tina brings to the position a unique breadth of experience at RILM and in the academic community,” said Dr. Mackenzie, RILM’s current Executive Director and President of the Board of Directors. “At RILM she has already worn many hats, all successfully, including as an editor, as head of marketing, and as licensor of full-text content for RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text and RILM Music Encyclopedias. Tina is also a widely published and active scholar and teacher. What impressed the Board most about Tina is her passion for RILM’s global mission and her vision for the organization and its role in music research of the 21st century.”

“I am thrilled and honored to serve as RILM’s next Executive Director and, by extension, all researchers, educators, students, and librarians worldwide who seek access to music literature and scholarship in all its facets and contexts,” says Dr. Frühauf. “Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie created a stable and entrepreneurial work environment, and I am excited to head an organization that is well prepared to continue its development. As a scholar, teacher, and editor, I have relied on RILM’s research tools for over two decades and I strongly believe in their scope, which is driven by the global mission they represent. Expanding RILM’s global network and strengthening the appreciation of bibliography and historiography as crucial pillars of solid academic work is at the forefront of RILM’s future work. With this, I hope that RILM’s resources remain indispensable sources of knowledge that support all those who are engaged in the study of music.”

RILM’s 2021 Board of Directors served as the search committee: Zdravko Blažeković (RILM), L. Charles Fink (RILM), Elizabeth Davis (Columbia University), Richard Freedman (Haverford College), Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie (RILM), Philippe Vendrix (CNRS), and Richard W. Young (Quarles & Brady, ret.). The committee benefited from the assistance of Mary Gail Biebel, succession consultant, and Sara McWilliams, executive search consultant.

Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM), New York: RILM publishes a suite of online reference works for music research, including the German music encyclopedia Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (as MGG Online) and the lexicographic collection RILM Music Encyclopedias. Its well-known bibliographic database RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text has some 1.5 million records representing publications concerning all types of music, published in more than 170 languages, coming from some 150 countries, and includes several hundred journals in full text. RILM also published the Index to Printed Music, and the forthcoming online version of Dizionario enciclopedico universale della musica e dei musicisti (as DEUMM Online). RILM functions under the auspices of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres; the International Association for the Study of Popular Music; the International Musicological Society; the International Council for Traditional Music. RILM is housed at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in New York City.

Tina Frühauf has been a core member of the RILM staff since 2003, working in a number of capacities over the years. She is an active scholar and writer; the study of Jewish music in modernity has been Dr. Frühauf’s primary research focus for two decades, culminating in monographs such as Orgel und Orgelmusik in deutsch-jüdischer Kultur and Transcending Dystopia: Music, Mobility, and the Jewish Community in Germany, 1945–1989. Her most recent scholarly work focuses on the historiography of music scholarship and migration, examining the mass dislocation of peoples in the 20th century and the conditions of globalization, genocide, exile, and minority experience as well as musicology and coloniality. Dr. Frühauf is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and serves on the doctoral faculty of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.


Zdravko Blažeković
Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale
365 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10016