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CFP: Sound in Circulation:

Technologies, histories, methods, and practices

The Columbia Music Scholarship Conference invites graduate students to submit abstracts to be selected for presentation at our sixth annual meeting, which will take place on March 7, 2009 at Columbia University. We are soliciting proposals from scholars active in all music disciplines, as well as those in related fields (for example media studies, communications, cultural studies, history, anthropology, area studies, law) to submit abstracts.

Music has been the leading form of creative work circulated through internet networks and as such has enjoyed broad scholarly and public debate in the last few years. The questions of sound in circulation – how authors prepare sound to travel in time and space, how those sounds move through time and space, and how listeners interact with those sounds – are much broader than that of file-sharing or digital media. For this conference we would like to broaden the question about sound in circulation to include many technologies, methods, and practices of circulating sound among specific historical, geographic, and/or cultural groups.

How do people of each time and context decide what is the mode of representation for sound in transport? What factors influence this thinking? How do economics, politics, traditions, laws, beliefs, and technologies shape and get shaped by people’s desire to circulate sound? How do musicians, composers, improvisers, and sound engineers act as nodes in musical circulation?

We welcome a broad response to questions such as these and suggest topics such as the following: orality and literacy; music in the oral tradition; transmission, learning, and memory; bodily techniques of transmission and circulation; music flows in diasporic communities; transnational music flows; the history of musical transcription, notation, and arranging; music publishing, printing, and sales; public or private concert histories; the social history of phonography; norms, rules, and laws of music circulation; public access to circulated sound technologies; changing sound circulation networks; grey or black market circulation; sounds in archives; musicians and works on tour, and so on.

Abstracts of 250 words plus title should be submitted by December 1, 2008 to CMSC 09’s email address: soundincirculation@gmail.com . Please include your name and contact information in your email only, and attach the abstract as a Word, text, or .pdf file. The committee will select papers anonymously. All scholars who submit abstracts will be notified of the committee’s decision by December 12, 2008.

If you have questions, please visit our website at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/cmsc/ or email to soundincirculation@gmail.com.


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