Cantus Planus

Cantus Planus

Welcome to the next meeting of the IMS Study Group ‘Cantus Planus’  arranged at 
Linnaeus University’s campus in Växjö, Sweden on August 7-12, 2018.

Cantus Planus is a study group of the International Musicological Society devoted to research on plainchant traditions. Every few years they organize a conference somewhere in Europe where scholars are invited to share their research.

Linnaeus University in south-eastern Sweden is a modern university with 32,000 students. Växjö has a long tradition of education and despite its campus location the university is a natural part of the town of Växjö. Linnaeus University has close ties with the local business sector and is a major player in the development of the city.


Call for papers: Submit abstracts of about 250 words by 15 November 2017

Workshop: Submit workshop proposals by 15 November 2017,about 300 words

Poster: Submit poster proposals by 15 November 2017, about 300 words

Notification of acceptance will be sent via email around 22 January 2018.

Last day to register: July 15, 2018

Thank you for your interest in the upcoming meeting of the IMS Study Group 'Cantus Planus.' We hope to see you in Växjö next summer!

Welcome to Linnaeus University!

IMS Study Group 'Cantus Planus' Advisory Board

James Borders, Chair

Programme August 7-12, 2018

Programme August 7-12, 2018

Tuesday, August 7

10.00-13.00 Registration

13.00-18.00 Light reception, official welcomes, opening CP session

Wednesday, August 8

Papers and panels

Thursday, August 9

Papers and panels

Concert in Växjö cathedral

Friday, August 10

Excursion medieval parish churches

Saturday, August 11

Papers and round tables

Conference dinner at 4 Krogar.

Sunday, August 12

Conference ended. Possibilities for local sightseeing (own arrangments).





Proposals for individual presentations, sessions, panel discussions, lecturerecitals, and poster sessions are welcome on topics relevant to the Study Group's research aims. Individual presentations will be limited to twenty minutes, with an additional few minutes allotted for questions, discussion, and set-up of computer and audio equipment.

Panel discussions, group sessions, and lecture-recitals will be scheduled for longer time-slots.

Submissions: Abstracts, comprising no more than 250 words, should be concise but thorough, clearly indicating the scope of the research, methodology, and conclusions.

Please include:

Title of the proposal.

Title at the top of the page, followed by author's name, institutional affiliation or place of residence, email address, and mailing address.

Audio-visual equipment needs should also be indicated after the abstract text. (A computer(PC), video projection, and sound equipment will be provided.) The Cantus Planus chairwill collect all proposals and forward anonymous copies to the Advisory Board. Lastminutecancellations caused considerable inconvenience at past Study Group meetings, soplease note that submission of an abstract denotes your availability and willingness to attend the 2018 meeting. Papers in IMS-approved languages, namely English, German,Italian, French, and Spanish, are invited.

Graduate Student Submissions: In addition to the abstract and other requested information, graduate students submitting proposals should indicate in which graduate program they are currently enrolled. An email from an advisor or other faculty member verifying the student presenter's status and endorsing the research topic and proposal shouldbe sent to the Cantus Planus chair soon after the student's abstract has been submitted, and before the CFP deadline. Electronic Submission only:

All submissions should be made via email to

Please submit your abstract as a single email attachment in Microsoft Word® format. The filename should be your last name + CPSweden. All abstracts should be received no later than 15 November 2017.

Receipt of your submission will be acknowledged by email; if you receive no reply, please send a second message.

Notification of acceptance will be sent via email around 20 January 2018.

Conference Fees

Projected Registration Fee: We anticipate a conference registration fee of approximately €160 per participant (not including lodging and daily transportation).

This fee will include lunch, coffee and tea breaks, conference programs, reception, conference dinner, and excursion.

Social activities

Concert Thursday 9 August: Maria! Maria! 400 years of Birgittine Chant

On Thuesday 9 August ensemble Gemma (director Karin Strinnholm Lagergren, www.ensemblegemma) will give a concert with chant from the Order of the Birgittines. The concert program is based on manuscripts in the Dutch Birgittine Abbey Maria Refugie and spans a period of 400 years, from ca 1500 up to the middle of the 19th century.

Excursion 10 August: Medieval Parish Churches

The excursion will take the participants to a few of the wellpreserved medieval parish churches around Växjö. The first stop is Nydala Abbey church, a Cistercian abbey founded by Cîteaux in 1143. Today the abbey buildings are ruins while the former abbey church functions as parish church. From Nydala we go to Drev old church built around 1170, which is a typical representative of the small rural Romanesque parish churches. The interior is colorful with benches and galleries dating from the 17th period. Dädesjö old church, also from the 12th century, is in particular known for its wellpreserved and in some aspects unique wooden ceiling from the 13th century depicting the legend of St. Stephen. The last stop will be Granhult, which is a wooden church from the 1220s. Photos and more information of the churches can be found here:

Drev old church

Nydala Cistercian monastery 

Granhult church  

Dädesjö old church

Thursday evening concert:


You can now register for the conference by clicking on the registration link below. Register here.

Welcome to Cantus Planus 2018.


We have pre-booked rooms at the hotels listed below. Call or email the hotel directly and mention the booking code "CP 18" when you book to receive the conference rate. Pre-booked rooms cannot be booked online on the hotels' websites.

Clarion Collection Hotel Cardinal (single room from 1090 SEK/night)

Book this hotel via email or tele +46/470–72 28 00

Teleborgs Slott (single room from 940 SEK/night)

Book this hotel via: or tele +46/470–34 89 80

Elite Stadshotellet Växjö (single room from 920 SEK/night) 

Book this hotel via or tele +46/470–134 00

Elite Park Hotel (single room from 920 SEK/night)

Book this hotel via or tele +46/470–70 22 00

Quality Hotel Royal Corner   (single room from 830 SEK/night)

Book this hotel via: or tele +46/470–70 10 00                                                                                                

Hotell Esplanad (single room from 725 SEK/night) 

Book this hotel via: or tele +46/470–70 22 00


Hotell Värend (single room from 695 SEK/night) 

Book this hotel via:  or tele +46/470–77 67 00

For cost-conscious travelers we suggest one of the following:

Växjö Vandrarhem Evedal                                                                          

Book this hotel via: or tele: +46/470 – 630 70

Ett Kvarter Bed & Breakfast                            

Book this hotel via email:  or telephone +46/470-141 70

Skäraton Website 

Book this hotel or tele: +46/70-378 00 95

To reach Växjö

From outside Scandinavia, it will be most convenient to fly to Copenhagen Airport/Kastrup and take a direct train from the airport to Växjö.

From Copenhagen Airport (CPH) From Copenhagen Airport (CPH)/Kastrup take a direct train from the airport to Växjö. It takes around two and half hours to go from the airport to Växjö. If you travel by train from Copenhangen you can find train schedule and purchase your train ticket on

You can also have a look at schedule of trains from Copenhagen to Växjö and back at

If you search you will find information in English. At the moment the schedule as a file can only be found in Swedish. Schedule of trains from Copenhagen to Växjö and back in Swedish

From Stockholm to Smålands airport Växjö

If you take a flight to Stockholm airport Arlanda (ARN), you can continue with a domestic flight to Växjö from Stockholm Bromma airport (BMR)

Train from Stockholm to Växjö

If you travel by train from Stockholm you can find train schedule and purchase your train ticket on this website on

To reach campus

Campus is located roughly 3 kilometres from the city centre. When going to the university, you can either walk along the lakes or take the bus. The pedestrian path from campus around Lake Växjösjön reaches almost all the way to the city centre and is perfect for jogging or taking long walks. Växjö campus is modeled along the lines of an American-style campus and is a natural meeting place.

Bus to campus

The best way to reach campus is to take the bus no. 3 direction "Universitetet". Our recommendation is to buy "Visitors ticket". Then you can travel all over Växjö city and you can choose between a ticket valid during 24 or 72 hours. The ticket can be purchased on board at bus or at Customer center at Växjö railway station. If you want to pay on the bus we suggest you use your credit card. If you pay with cash there is an extra fee. The price varies between 67 SEK-144 SEK depending if you choose 24 hours or 72 or hours and your age. This information and more you will find at Länstrafiken Kronoberg

By bike

Many hotels have a bicycle if you would prefer that. It takes about 20 minutes by bike from city center to Linnaeus University.

Map of Campus (page 2 in English)

Map of Växjö

Questions and information

Updates for this conference will be posted via this website.

For inquiries concerning the conference, please contact Karin Lagergren,

For practical questions regarding the conference, please contact