Ninth International Conference on Orthodox Church Music:

“Church Music and Topography: City, Village, and Monastery”

Joensuu, Finland, and Virtual / 7–13 June 2021

The International Society for Orthodox Church Music is pleased to announce the

Ninth International Conference on Orthodox Church Music, exploring the theme of 
“Church Music and Topography: City, Village, and Monastery.”

The conference will take place at the University of Eastern Finland, in Joensuu, Finland
and online through the ISOCM website, 7–13 June 2021.

Call for Papers

The call for papers for the Ninth International Conference on Orthodox Church Music was open until 31 January 2021.

The organizers invite proposals for presentations dealing with different aspects of the general theme: “Church Music and Topography: City, Village, and Monastery.”

Possible topics or areas of exploration include:

  • local traditions and transmissions

  • spatiality in music and hymnography

  • topographical hymnography

  • centre and periphery

  • travel and pilgrimage

  • cities and the City (Constantinople)

The programme also allows for free papers.

On account of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Conference will take place as a hybrid event – both on site (University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu campus) and online.


Submission of abstracts


If you are interested in

  • giving a presentation of 20 minutes or

  • presenting a poster,

please submit an abstract of 250 words by 31 January 2021 using our online abstract submission form.

The language of the conference is English.

Articles based on the works presented in the conference will be published in the Journal of the ISOCM. It is expected that all presenters submit their papers either for the section of peer-reviewed articles or for the section of conference papers in time for the publication process.


Registration for the conference is separate from the abstract submission process, and is open until 28 February 2021.


Questions or Additional Information
Contact: Tuuli Lukkala, ISOCM Secretary:

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