The Barry S. Brook Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY announces the

Responses in Music to Climate Change

to be held at The Graduate Center, CUNY: 21-23 April 2020

The deleterious effects of anthropogenic climate change continue to shape
music making in a post-industrial, global society. Indigenous
communities—those typically least responsible for the carbon emissions that
have contributed to global warming—face the elimination or depletion of
natural resources necessary for their musical practices and traditions.
Composers of art music, many compelled to bear witness to our current times
and bring awareness to threatened ecosystems, draw sound material from
endangered environmental sources. Popular music, too, continues to respond
through concerts, songs that thematize the environment, and celebrity
endorsements for protection measures. Across all forms of music making,
discourses of preservation, sustainability, visibility, and action are

With the aim of collecting and sharing research on music’s place within the
context of anthropogenic climate change, this conference welcomes
contributions from a broad range of disciplines. A multidisciplinary
approach not only seeks to capitalize on the wide range of ontological
frameworks that each field brings, but also foregrounds the necessity for
clear communication and criticism within and between disciplines.
Increasingly, studies that address climate change and notions of
environment point to the limitations of common categories for sound and
music. As the problem is a human one, we hope to tackle the perennial
question of how to develop vocabularies that transcend the boundaries of
specialized jargon.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Ana María Ochoa Gautier, Department of Music/Center
for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia University

We seek to inspire papers and panels on the following themes:

· Music and acoustic ecology
· Environmental sound sources in composition
· The sounds of endangered lands
· Sustainability
· Perspectives on sonic environments
· Music and globalization/industrialization
· Sonic ecologies
· Politics
· Sound studies

Please submit a proposal, with title and an abstract of no more than 300
words, and include contact information (address, phone, and email).
Proposals for papers, whole panels, posters, and lecture-recitals are

Proposals may be submitted before January 13, 2020 to mlupo -at-

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