Call for Proposals: “Music, Voice, and Disability”
Special Issue of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies
Co-edited by Dr. Nina S. Eidsheim and Dr. Jessica A. Holmes
Abstracts due March 15, 2018

**This is an abbreviated CFP. For the full version please visit:

Music, as a sonic medium, offers new ways of approaching questions of
disability as an envoiced phenomenon. Indeed, music scholars have
recently begun exploring the intersections of disability and vocal
production, with notable emphasis on the damaged, dysfluent (singing)
voice in relationship to notions of bodily authenticity, trauma, and
specific generic conventions, including valuable work by Caitlin
Marshall, George McKay, Jessica Schwartz, and Laurie Stras. Similarly,
new scholarship on music and deafness has approached vocality through
the musical endeavours of members of Deaf culture, and the inherent
musicality of sign language as a silent, visual-spatial form of
vocality (Jones 2015; Maler 2013; 2015; Holmes 2016; 2017; Meizel

In an effort to build on this new branch of music scholarship while
confronting the ways in which vocal disabilities are rendered liminal
in both scholarship and praxis, this special journal issue considers
notions of music, voice, and disability. We seek articles, position
papers, and “voicings” such as practitioners’ reflections, vocal
scores, excerpts of performances, and audio transcripts that
interrogate the role of the voice, broadly construed, in the
construction of disability in a variety of performative contexts. We
invite submissions dealing with disability and voice in all genres of
music and performance practices from all historical periods, that
engage an interdisciplinary framework, and that attend to questions of

Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be emailed by March 15,
2018 to holmesjessica -at- Successful authors will be
invited to submit 6-8,000 word drafts of their contributions to the
editors by May 1, 2018.


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