Society logo

The Galpin Society

The American Musical Instrument Society




1-4 JUNE 2017

The joint conference of the Galpin Society and the American Musical Instrument Society will be held in Edinburgh, 1st - 4th June 2017.

The meeting will be hosted by the University of Edinburgh and will be centred on the newly refurbished St Cecilia's Hall, location of Musical Instrument Museum Edinburgh.


The Papers Sessions are provisionally scheduled to take place on Thursday June 1, Friday June 2 and Saturday June 3. Depending on the response, a further papers session may be held on Sunday June 4. The Scientific Committee invites offers of individual papers and lecture-recitals based on original research and discoveries, and proposals for panel sessions. Contributions should relate to the history, design, construction, function, and use of musical instruments in any culture and from any period.

Offers of paper presentations are invited, either full-length presentations of 20 minutes (followed by 10 minutes for discussion) or brief contributions of 10 minutes (followed by 5 minutes for discussion).

It will not be necessary to submit the full text of papers, but suitable contributions may qualify for publication in the Galpin Society Journal or the Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society at the discretion of the respective editors and subject to the normal acceptance procedures (both are fully refereed journals). The language of the abstracts and presentations will be English. It will not be possible to mount posters at this conference. It is intended that there will be no parallel sessions. Papers should be delivered in person at the Conference by the author (or one of several named authors). All presenters must register for the conference and pay the normal fee for participation in the Conference.

Abstracts of papers (400 words maximum for full-length papers, 200 words maximum for brief contributions) and a biography (no more than 75 words) are invited, to be submitted by 16 December 2016. Submissions will be considered by the Scientific Committee, which includes representatives of both societies. Acceptance of submissions will be notified by 16 January 2017. Accepted abstracts will be placed on the Conference website.

To submit a paper, go to -

Create an account as an author and follow the instructions for ‘New Submission’. Please specify at the end of your abstract whether it is for a 20-minute or 10-minute presentation. There is no requirement to upload your paper.

Scientific Committee for the GS and AMIS Joint Conference on Musical Instruments: Graham Wells and Lance Whitehead (nominated by the Galpin Society), Carolyn Bryant and Christina Linsenmeyer (nominated by AMIS), Arnold Myers and Darryl Martin (nominated by the local Organising Committee).

Further information: e-mail:

This page updated: 20.9.16