CFP: Music, Sound, and Trauma: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Location and dates: Online, February 12-14, 2021

Keynote Speakers: Maria Cizmic (University of South Florida), and others TBA

Although trauma has always shaped human lives, discussions of trauma have
come to the fore in our current moment. From the pandemic’s
impacts—including global spikes in domestic violence and adverse impacts on
mental health—to the tragedies of systemic racism and police brutality,
trauma dominates contemporary conversations for many people. Today’s focus
on trauma follows a decade of burgeoning attention to the socio-cultural
and psychological causes and effects of trauma in popular media and
academic scholarship, including music studies. This conference aims to
bring together those working in and beyond music and sound studies to
address the ways that music and sound historically and contemporaneously
have been intertwined with trauma. In addition, we would like to hear from
scholars working with music and sound in pedagogical contexts with a focus
on trauma-informed teaching and learning.

Supported by an Indiana University Presidential Arts & Humanities Grant and
taking place February 12-14, 2021, this online conference will feature
invited talks, roundtables, paper presentations, workshops, and seminars.
In addition to roundtables, panels, and workshops given by leading
researchers in music and trauma studies, musicologist Maria Cizmic
(University of South Florida) will give a keynote lecture, with additional
keynote performers and speakers to be announced at a later date. This
conference is connected with a proposed Oxford Handbook of Music, Sound,
and Trauma Studies and a special issue of the Journal of Music History
Pedagogy—conference organizers will invite contributors to participate in
these projects.

We invite proposals for 20-minute paper presentations, panels of 3-4
participants, workshops, lecture recitals, and performances (live or
pre-recorded) that address music, sound, and trauma in various social,
cultural, and historical contexts.

Please send proposals to musicsoundtraumaconf2021 -at- by
September 1, 2020. For more details regarding proposal expectations, visit
the conference's website: . Conference
organizers will notify all applicants of their decisions by November 1,

Program committee: Erin Brooks, Jacqueline Fortier, Michelle Meinhart, and
Jillian Rogers


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