Symposium - Unsung Stories: Women at Columbia’s Computer Music Center

Friday, April 9, 2021 - 12:00pm to Saturday, April 10, 2021 - 4:00pm

Unsung Stories: Women at Columbia’s Computer Music Center (CMC) presents a two-day symposium on April 9 and 10, 2021, led by Professor Ellie Hisama and Professor Zosha Di Castri, that focuses on the history of female composers at the CMC, several of whom are BIPOC, who have undertaken significant creative work in electronic and computer music. The work of these women has been largely overshadowed by that of the men who established and ran the CMC, a situation that the project intends to begin to rectify with discussion that will address structural inequity in Center’s founding and bias and discrimination that affected the women at the Center.

The symposium features panel discussions, a roundtable, and breakout discussions. Topics covered will include early histories of the CMC, individual experiences of women working at the CMC, and the effect of systemic biases in electronic music.

This event is supported by a grant from The Center for Science and Society. 

Special thanks to the Heyman Center for the Humanities for their work in hosting this event.