Monday, 1 June 2009

CFP: Symposium on Music and Disability (CUNY)

15 - 17 JANUARY 2010

The Ph.D. Program in Music at the CUNY Graduate Center and The M.A. Program in Disability Studies at the CUNY School for Professional Studies are sponsoring
A Symposium on Music and Disability

The Symposium will be more a workshop or seminar than a traditional conference. There will be fewer than fifteen participants, and each will have an ongoing research project on music and disability. The Symposium will be primarily devoted to discussion and critique of these works-in-progress, which may include future conference presentations, book or dissertation chapters, and articles. Four three-hour discussions around the seminar table (Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning) will be interspersed with meals, lectures, and musical performances.

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson will be the Keynote Speaker for the Symposium and the Respondent for all of the papers. She is Professor of Women's Studies at Emory University and the author of Staring: How We Look (Oxford UP, 2009) and Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Literature and Culture (Columbia UP, 1997); editor of Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body (NYU Press, 1996), and co-editor of Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities (MLA Press, 2002).

- September 1: Proposals due. Proposals should include a 100-word summary of your interest and previous involvement in the fields of disability and music and a 200-word description of the project. Submit via email attachment to at Participants will be notified of acceptance by September 15.
- December 15. Paper drafts due. These will be circulated to all participants (and to Prof. Garland-Thomson).
- January 3. Paper critiques due. Each participant will be asked to circulate written critiques of at least three papers by other participants.

Each participant will receive a stipend of $350 to encourage participation and defray expenses.

All events will take place at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016. For additional information, contact Joseph Straus jstraus at, Stephanie Jensen-Moulton SJensenMoulton at, or Blake Howe blake.howe at

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