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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Call for Papers: Music and Sound Studies Graduate Student Symposium

Call for Papers:

Music and Sound Studies Graduate Student Symposium

March 24th and 25th, 2017 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Ferguson Hall
Featured Guest Speaker: Stephen Pennington, Tufts University

Sound Studies is an inter-/transdisciplinary field of inquiry that draws from many methods and theoretical frameworks to examine sound as a phenomenon, medium, and social practice. The Music and Sound Studies Spring Symposium will present research and work from a variety of disciplines that examine the impact of sound and music in shaping cultures, environments, and social practices, thus informing how we construct and define the world we inhabit.

The symposium committee welcomes proposals for individual papers to present for 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of question and discussion. We welcome investigations across a wide range of disciplines. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Practices, theories, and methodologies of listening
  • Epistemologies of listening and ontologies of sound
  • Gender, class, race, and listening
  • Listening, deafness, and disability
  • Soundscapes, Sound and the City
  • Politics and ethics of music, sound, silence, and noise
  • Music and sound in film, literature, and the arts
  • Listening and embodiment
Please submit 100-word abstract proposals by March 10th to Joseph Nelson at nels5698@umn.edu.

Professor Stephen Pennington works on popular music and jazz of the United States/Europe, African American music, critical musicology, queer and transgender studies, and the performance of musical identity with special attention to race, class, gender, and sexuality. He will be giving a talk titled “Willmer Broadnax, Mid-Century Gospel, and Black Trans/Masculinities” at the start of the Symposium on Friday, March 24th. In addition to Professor Pennington, University of Minnesota faculty will also be attending the symposium and providing feedback on student papers.