7th Biennial Conference of the Forum of the International Association for Word and Music Studies on Words, Music, and Environment

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
February 24, 2022 to February 26, 2022
Location: 
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
Fine Arts, Graduate Studies, Literature, Music and Music History, Environmental History / Studies

Words, Music, and Environment

7th Biennial Conference of the Forum of the International Association for Word and Music Studies

24-26 February 2022

Keynote Speakers: Heidi Hart & Kimberly Han

 

How does the environment shape our relationship to music?

How has music shaped our relationship to the environment?

How has environmental justice inspired music?

How does music call attention to and address environmental injustices?

 

“Over increasingly large areas of the United States, spring now comes unheralded by the return of the birds, and the early mornings are strangely silent where once they were filled with the beauty of bird song.”

 

This alarming scene from Rachel Carson’s 1962 Silent Spring, which documents the effect of chemical insecticides and fertilizers on the US bird population, emphasizes that the absence of bird songs signals environmental degradation to Carson and fellow humans. That music, created by the more-than-human-world, connects with the violence humans have enacted on the environment they also inhabit. The lack of bird song calls attention to the environmental injustice that impacts life and fertility, including the human and more-than-human world.

 

For its Virtual 7th Biennial Conference hosted Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, on 24-26 February 2022, the Forum of the International Association for Word and Music Studies (WMAF) invites contributions, including 20-minute conference papers, performances and presentations in alternative formats, on the theme of Words, Music and Environment, as well as submissions for general panels on current word and music research. We welcome contributions from all colleagues, irrespective of career stage or institutional affiliation, and from any disciplinary background (including but not limited to Modern Languages, Musicology, English, Film Studies, Theatre and Performance Studies, History, Classics).

 

Topics might include:

  • Projects related to voice in environmental arts and communication (gender, queer, etc.)
  • How do composers, authors, and/or other artists represent soundscapes, in composer R. Murray Schafer’s words, "...a sonic identity, a sonic memory, but always a sound that is pertinent to a place"?
  • How do composers, authors, and/or other artists navigate the complicated boundaries of the human and more-than-human world?
  • What is the environmental and/or cultural impact of live music performance?
  • What is the environmental impact of streaming music?
  • How has the environmental movement shaped words and/or music?
  • How do artists conceive of and represent their relationship to the environment?
  • What is music’s role in education (K12, higher ed, etc)?


Send your abstracts for 20-minute conference papers, performances and presentations in alternative formats, on the theme of Words, Music and Environment, as well as submissions for general panels on current word and music research, up to 500 words, to Allie Reznik & Mike Boyd at a.reznik@chatham.edu by December 15, 2021. Please refer to https://word-music-environment.squarespace.com/ for continued updates leading up to the conference.

Contact Info: 

Send your abstracts for 20-minute conference papers, performances and presentations in alternative formats, on the theme of Words, Music and Environment, as well as submissions for general panels on current word and music research, up to 500 words, to Allie Reznik & Mike Boyd at a.reznik@chatham.edu by December 15, 2021.

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