Ninth International Conference on Orthodox Church Music:

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

Joensuu, Finland and Virtual / 7–13 June 2021

Call for Papers


The International Society for Orthodox Church Music is pleased to announce the call for papers for the Ninth International Conference on Orthodox Church Music, with the theme “Church Music and Topography: City, Village, and Monastery”, which will be held at the University of Eastern Finland, in Joensuu, Finland, on 7–13 June 2021.


The organizers invite proposals for presentations dealing with different aspects of the general theme, for example:

  • 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 will be open from 1 January to 28 February 2021.


Further information will be published on the ISOCM website.


If you have immediate questions, please turn to the Secretary of ISOCM: isocm.secretary (a)

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