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CFP: Music, Sound, and Censorship - Harvard Graduate Music Conference

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Harvard Graduate Music Forum Annual Conference

Abstracts due: November 30, 2018

February 8-9, 2019

For the full CFP, please see our website: https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/gmf19

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


Harvard’s Graduate Music Forum invites abstracts for its annual conference with a keynote address by Dr. Brigid Cohen. We invite proposals on music, sound, and censorship from current graduate students and postdocs on all repertoires, musical practices, and historical periods from a broad array of disciplinary and methodological perspectives.

Censorship has meant both “concrete mechanisms of silencing” (Robert C. Post, 1998), and, following Foucault, censorship is paradoxical in that it is at once a power of constraint, and a constitutive/productive force that circulates in a society. Considering censorship, music, and sound together affords discussions of the politics of silence and silencing, hidden inscriptions, the roles of sound-makers and listeners, and mechanisms of sonic censorship. How has musical censorship affected the sonic materials we study, the people who are welcomed into our field, and the research that we publish?

We are looking forward to submissions from all music disciplines, including ethnomusicology, music theory, musicology, composition, and cognition, and from scholars working on sound/music from outside of music studies.

Possible subtopics include but are not limited to:

·      technologies of censorship

·      censorship in music institutions, historiography, and archives

·      inscription and hidden messages

·      geographies and architectures of censorship

·      politics of silence

·      copyright law

·      utility claims (e.g. decency, political threat, etc.)

·      self-censorship

·      textual vs. musical censorship

·      “explicit” labels, trigger warnings, etc.

·      voice(s)

·      fetishizations of censorship


Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to HarvardGMF2019 -at- gmail.com by November 30, 2018. In the body of the email, please include your name, institutional affiliation, and list any A/V requirements.

Formats for presentation include:

  • 20-minute papers with 10-minute Q&A
  • 30-minute composers’ colloquia, performances, or lecture-recitals, with 15 minutes for discussion

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