5th-6th JULY 2023



Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words, an indication of whether you would prefer to appear in person or online, and a brief biography of no more than 150 words to by March 24th 2023.

The second Sound on Screen conference welcomes submissions for 20-minute papers from scholars and practitioners that explore the relationship between music and/or sound and the screen. We welcome submissions from speakers at any career stage (including postgraduate MA or PhD candidates) and from a wide range of disciplines such as musicology, film and television studies, cultural studies, communications studies and so forth. The first Sound on Screen conference invited participants to take their cue from Chion (1994) and Mera et al. (2017) in drawing together ‘different practices and technologies under the same umbrella without attempting to obfuscate the differences that exist between them’. This resulted in a diverse range of topics and speakers, and allowed us to create interdisciplinary panels that brought different fields and viewpoints into fruitful dialogue with each other.  We intend the second Sound on Screen conference to continue this rich discussion and so in addition to inviting any relevant paper proposals, we particularly welcome submissions that engage with the interplay between sound and music on screen, and also considerations of equality, diversity and inclusion in relation to music and sound on screen.  This conference will be held in person at our Headington campus in Oxford, but hybrid options will be available to presenters and delegates.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Music and sound in narrative film and/or television
  • Music and sound in documentary forms
  • Music and sound in videogames
  • The absence of music and sound in film and television
  • The relationships between music and sound
  • EDI and screen industries
  • Gendered music on screen
  • Music and sound in animated film and television
  • Audience engagement with music and sound on screen
  • Sound on screen as practice: composers and/or sound design
  • Sound effects and/or noise on screen
  • Pre-existing music and sound on screen

The programme committee may, at our discretion, extend the conference to three days if demand deems it appropriate. If your paper is accepted, we will provide the opportunity to select your preferred presentation day, including the potential third day.

The programme committee consists of  Dr. Jan Butler (Senior Lecturer in Popular Music, Oxford Brookes University), Dr. James Cateridge (Senior Lecturer in Film, Oxford Brookes University), and Dr. Matt Lawson (Senior Lecturer in Music, Oxford Brookes University), and Dr. Lindsay Steenberg (Reader in Film Studies, Oxford Brookes University).

The Conference is organised with the support of the Centre of Research in the Arts (CoRA)

Further information can be requested by contacting

Details of the first Sound on Screen conference can be found at Sound on Screen 2021.