CfP: Analyzing the Disabled Experience (Atlanta)

Society for Disability Studies:
„Analyzing the Disabled Experience: Musical Representations of Disability Liberation and Personal Agency“
June 10-13 2015 – Atlanta, Georgia
Deadline: December 6, 2014

This interdisciplinary panel will seek to address how music has been used as a liberatory aspect of the disabled experience in the American and global socio-cultural sphere. We welcome papers considering how music has functioned to affirm or subjugate the bodily, spiritual, political and social experience of disability. We are especially interested in attracting a wide array of different approaches to this topic that allows for an interdisciplinary approach to disability in the field of musicology. Examples of possible topics include:

  • Music that was used or written for the purposes of the American Disability Civil Rights Movement or that reflects the socio-political experiences of disabled people more generally.
  • Ethnomusicological explorations of how music is used to affirm the identities or explore the social roles of disabled people in non-Western cultures
  • Intersectionality and the issue of cultural or racial appropriation
  • Personal narratives that engage the aforementioned issues or other topics that intersect with music’s role in the experience of being disabled in particular cultures and political settings
  • Analysis of the disabled experience via characters in opera, popular music/lyrics, Broadway, etc.

We encourage the submission of papers that explore this theme through a variety of genres, subjects and musical mediums, but papers need not address this topic explicitly; they must simply relate to the issue of disabled peoples’ experiences more generally. This panel will be structured in seminar format and will entail dialogue centered on the panel’s theme.

Abstracts of approximately 300 words should be submitted no later than December 6, 2014. Please include your name, institutional affiliation, contact information, and abstract in an attached pdf file. Those interested in submitting an abstract should contact the organizing committee via Meghan Schrader, meghanschrader at

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