Virtual 7th Biennial Conference of the Forum of the International Association for Word and Music Studies

deadline for submissions: 
January 15, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Forum of the International Association for Word and Music Studies
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For its Virtual 7th Biennial Conference hosted by Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, on 24-26 February 2022, the Forum of the International Association for Word and Music Studies (WMAF) invites contributions, including 20-minute conference papers, performances and presentations in alternative formats, on the theme of Words, Music, and Environment, as well as submissions for general panels on current word and music research. 

We welcome contributions from all colleagues, irrespective of career stage or institutional affiliation, and from any disciplinary background (including but not limited to Modern Languages, Musicology, English, Film Studies, Theatre and Performance Studies, History, Classics).

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Projects related to voice in environmental arts and communication (gender, queer, etc.)

  • How do composers, authors, and/or other artists represent soundscapes, in composer R. Murray Schafer’s words, "...a sonic identity, a sonic memory, but always a sound that is pertinent to a place"?

  • How do composers, authors, and/or other artists navigate the complicated boundaries of the human and more-than-human world?

  • What is the environmental and/or cultural impact of live music performance?

  • What is the environmental impact of streaming music?

  • How has the environmental movement shaped words and/or music?

  • How do artists conceive of and represent their relationship to the environment?

  • What is music’s role in education (K12, higher ed, etc)?

Send your abstract, up to 500 words, to Allie Reznik and Mike Boyd at a.reznik@chatham.edu by January 15, 2022. Please visit https://word-music-environment.squarespace.com/ for further information.