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CFP: "Baltic Musics After the Post-Soviet," Amherst College, Virtual,
January 21-23, 2022

Deadline: April 1, 2021

“Baltic Musics After the Post-Soviet” is an international conference hosted
virtually at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College
(Massachusetts, USA) on January 21-23, 2022. The conference will bring
together scholars and artists working in the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia,
Lithuania, and areas connected by the Baltic Sea) and with Baltic musics to
document and understand emerging worlds and narratives of Baltic music. The
three-day event will focus on questions of creative and scholarly practice
after the “post-Soviet”: What happens as processes of return, reunion,
restoration, revival, and reconciliation characterizing “post-Soviet” life
in the Baltics give way to new emergencies and urgencies? What happens as
generations less impacted by the experience of Soviet occupation and
coloniality create sounds and spaces beyond the “post-Soviet”? For Baltic
musicians, musical publics, and scholars working to decolonize national
culture, critically rethink ethnolinguistic and racialized identities in
musical life, and make scenes and traditions sustainable, the certainty of
the “post-Soviet” as “that which we no longer are” is also its limit—always
once occupied, once colonized.

Confirmed keynote speakers and presenters are:

Kevin Karnes (Emory University)
Rūta Stanevičiūtė (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre)
Laura Jēkabsone (Composer/Arranger, Latvian Voices)

We invite music- and sound-centered papers and presentations of creative
work that address Baltic musics after the “post-Soviet” from
practice-based, ethnographic, historical, and comparative perspectives. For
papers, please submit a 250-word abstract along with a 150-word biography.
For maker and performer presentations, please submit either a 250-word
description of your presentation plan or a prospective program with a
100-word description of relevant themes, topics, or connecting threads. All
maker and performer proposals should include 1-3 links to
audio/visual/other if relevant materials that are representative of the
proposed presentation. All materials should be submitted in PDF format to
balticmusics2022 -at- by April 1, 2021

For more information, please see the conference website here: 


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