CfP: Sounding Bodies (University of Toronto Graduate Music Conference 2013)

University of Toronto Graduate Music Conference 2013
„Sounding Bodies“
March 15-6, 2013 – University of Toronto
Deadline: January 15, 2013

Keynote speaker: Dr. Tomie Hahn

Though our musicking (or paper-writing) bodies may appear to be merely a conduit between an idea and its realization, they also delimit fields of possibilities in our various musicking and sounding endeavors. In recent years an increasing attention to the body is reflected in the growth of literature ranging from how social constructs are embodied through singing, to embodied modes of listening; from epistemologies of sound that challenges the mind/body split, to performance practices that prioritize healthy bodily mechanics over notions of technical correctness; from sound as torture, to sound as a way of healing. We seek to put these ideas, many of which transcend boundaries between sub-fields within music, in conversation with one another in this trans-disciplinary conference. How are bodies articulated through various sounding practices? How, on the other hand, do bodies shape our sounding, listening, andmusicking subjectivities? These are some of the questions that guide our thinking towards this conference.

We invite critical engagements, theorizations, ruminations, or performances* (not necessarily musical) on the intersections between sound, music, and bodies from current graduate students in all disciplines. Twenty-minute conference paper presentations (with 10-minute Q and A), or 30-minute performances are welcomed.

Topics include but are by no means limited to:

  • Embodied sounding, listening, and musicking practices
  • Bodies in performances
  • Resonating/ resonant bodies
  • Bodies defined, constituted, challenged, articulated, constructed, or enacted in, by, or through sound
  • Gestures and movement in sounding practices
  • Embodied musical knowledge and the transmissions thereof
  • Bodies healed or destroyed through sound and music
  • Any other intersections of sound and body

Submissions for papers or performances, in the form of 300-word abstracts, should be emailed to, no later than 23:59 on January 15th, 2013. Please include in the email a 100-word biography of all presenter(s) and audio/video equipment requests. Decisions will be announced by February 1st, 2013. Further details can be found

*Due to constraints of our venue, we will not be able to accommodate or supply very large instruments such as pianos.

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