New Materialist Approaches to Sound Conference - Keynote Confirmed - Call for Proposals Closed


Scholars working under the broad umbrella of New Materialism have offered compelling reappraisals of the ways in which we know, interact with, and exist in the world. This scholarship also intersects with recent work on music and sound, which raises rich sets of questions regarding human agency, material, ethics, aesthetics, embodiment, and the subject/object dichotomy, among other issues. 

This conference will present work that adopts historical, technological, analytical, philosophical, materialist, and creative vantage points, among others. Overall, this conference will direct these diverse disciplinary and methodological perspectives towards convergent and critical issues, creating new, interdisciplinary lines of enquiry and generating original research.

The one-day conference will consist of panels that comprise of papers with short reflections by a moderator, as well as an evening concert that includes opportunities for discussion. The concluding concert of work that engages with these themes from creative perspectives will afford attendees with an opportunity to consider and discuss issues concerning sound, material, and agency in a forum that contrasts with, but also complements, our events during the day. Conference participants are strongly encouraged to attend both the daytime and evening portions of the conference.

Keynote: We are pleased for confirm that Professor Nina Eidsheim (UCLA) will deliver the keynote.
Time and Location: The conference will take place on Saturday October 19th at Columbia University’s Computer Music Center at Prentis Hall, 632 West 125th Street New York, NY.  A full schedule is forthcoming.

Organizers: Jessie Cox, Marc Hannaford, Samuel Yulsman