CfP: “Sounds Rerouted: A Graduate Student Conference” (University of Toronto)

University of Toronto Music Graduate Students’ Association:
“Sounds Rerouted: A Graduate Student Conference”
March 29-30, 2014 – Faculty of Music, University of Toronto
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Beverley Diamond, Memorial University

This conference aims to further a discussion of the ways in which sonic and musical practices take on new lives through mediation. How and why do we translate sounds/musics into other modes of representation? In what ways are these processes of translation impactful? How do we manage or identify the power arrangements at play in such transformations? Is the mass production of sounds/musics dangerous or democratizing?

We welcome individual papers, performances, and performance-lectures that engage with these ideas. Papers will be allotted twenty minutes (with a ten minute discussion to follow), while performances may span up to thirty minutes. This conference is open to current graduate students in all disciplines.

Possible suggestions for submissions include (but are not limited to):

  • technological determinism/voluntarism in performance and composition
  • (de)gendering/queering audio technologies
  • the body as a mediating substance
  • the implications of re-contextualizing audio recordings (e.g. the ethics and politics of sampling)
  • traveling sounds and (trans)national imaginaries
  • the use of interactive and open source platforms in pedagogical practices
  • new digital possibilities for analysis and notation (e.g. communicating temporality, texture, and spatiality)
  • mediating ethnography

Submissions for papers or performances, in the form of 300-word abstracts, should be emailed to < uoftmusgradcon2014 at > no later than February 1, 2014. Please include in the email a 100-word biography of all presenter(s) and audio/video equipment requests. Decisions will be announced by February 15, 2014. For further information, visit our website at

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