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CFP: Music & Disability at SAM 2012
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Society for American Music
In recent years, musicologists and music theorists, as well as other scholars, have created a considerable body of scholarship examining the intersection of music and disability. Music and disability studies, drawing heavily on pioneering work done in disability studies (which seeks to identify and interrogate social, political, and cultural constructions of disability), has developed into a robust but still expanding sub-discipline within musicology, music theory, and other areas of the humanities. Music and disability is a complex and broadly construed topic, encompassing research from several scholarly approaches. The musicological/historical perspective can be represented by recent work focusing on narrativity and disability in music (Honisch, 2009), the performance of disability, or musical significations of disability (Rogers, 2006). Ethnomusicological research includes studies on cultures of blindness (Rowden, 2009) and Deaf/deafness as well as other groups and communities of disabled individuals, including disability activists, the disability arts movement, and bands comprised of disabled musicians or whose music focuses on disability. Theoretical approaches to music and disability are exemplified by analyses of disability and late style and disability and “normalizing” (Straus, 2006, 2008); pedagogy/academia, which includes the examination of teaching techniques and approaches for universal access such as discussed in the context of popular music by Challis (2009) and the practices and experiences of faculty and staff with disabilities; and scientific inquiry, represented by research on amusia, autism and pitch (Brown, et. al., 2003), and the neurology of music perception and creation (Marin and Perry, 2009). Americanists have also taken up disability studies as a method of understanding our cultural and political heritage as members of both U.S. (Longmore, 2003) and North American or Pan-American societies. While disability interest groups have made presentations and sponsored sessions at other music conferences, we have not yet seen such events at the national SAM meetings. This seminar will help fill that need and speak to the many SAM scholars who have interests in the field.
Unlike regular SAM sessions, in which papers are read, papers accepted for the conference seminars will be posted at a password-protected location in advance of the conference, where they may be read by all interested SAM members. The bulk of the conference session will be devoted to discussion of the papers as they relate to the general theme. Since papers will be posted electronically on the web, we would like to encourage materials that are recently published or "in press" as one kind of submission that would be appropriate for the seminar structure. These papers may be full articles, up to 20 pages, and should include notes, examples (where relevant), and bibliography. All proposals should be submitted in the usual way by the regular SAM deadline, except that the specific seminar topic should be clearly specified. Unless the author specifies otherwise, abstracts not accepted for either of the two seminars may be considered by the program committee for one of the regular sessions.
Although papers for the seminars will not be "read" in the traditional sense, the act of participating in the seminar as a presenter and defending the ideas of one's paper constitutes the same level of participation in an academic conference as would a normal paper. For this reason, those submitting abstracts toward a seminar cannot also submit toward a regular session.
Proposer’s name, e-mail address, and institutional affiliation or city of residence
All materials must be electronically date-stamped by 15 June 2011. Postal submissions for concerts and lecture-performance materials only should be addressed to: W. Anthony Sheppard, Chair, SAM 2012 Program Committee, 54 Chapin Hall Dr., Department of Music, Williams College, Williamstown, MA 01267. Questions about the submission process may be sent to: email@example.com.
How the Seminar Will Work