CfP: Sound and Bodies in the World (Boston University)

The 8th Annual Graduate Music Society Conference:
“Sound and Bodies in the World”
Feb 28, 2015 – Boston University
Deadline: January 5th, 2015
Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Iverson (University of Iowa)

We live in a world rich with soundscapes. Whether it is produced by bird calls, machines, the string section of an orchestra, or one?s own voice, sound around us reflect the environment we live in. How we choose to interact with sounds often reveals certain ways of being and knowing in the world. Our bodies are the first receivers of sounds, physically encountering sound waves through a multiplicity of sense. How our brains interpret sound is rooted in bodily and cognitive realities; this is especially true of musical sound, which is shaped by context, acoustics, language, and cultural preconditioning.

This conference seeks to encourage interdisciplinary conversation between musicological scholarship and areas ranging from sociology, the humanities, environmental and sound studies, and medicine. We encourage proposals exploring the relationship between sound environments and bodily realities, including (but not limited to) issues of gender, race, sexuality, bodily differences and identities, disability, illness, and wellness.

We welcome abstracts for tradition 20-minute papers, 5-minute “Ignite” sessions, and poster presentations. Ignite sessions – native to technology and social media communities – essentialize research into a five-minute take accompanied by twenty PowerPoint slides, creating a dynamic, highly focused presentation. (For more information on the Ignite format, contact Jason McCool, jmccool at bu.edu.) Abstracts of no more than 250 words are due January 5th to John Forrestal, johndf at bu.edu.

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