Call for Papers
4-5 October 2014
University of North Carolina at Asheville (USA)
Deadline for proposals: 14 May 2014
Ecomusicologies 2014: Dialogues
will bring together artists and scholars to stimulate discussion on music, culture, and the environment. The conference is part of the multi-day event series, “Ecomusics” (3-7 October 2014), which will include concerts, soundwalks, workshops, and outings (e.g., field trips to the Moog Factory, Black Mountain College, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park). Not only do the fall colors of October in the Appalachian Mountains make Asheville, North Carolina, an ideal place to be, but its history also makes it an ideal gathering spot for a conference on ecomusicology: it is where Bartok composed his Piano Concerto No. 3, where John Cage conducted happenings, and where Buckminster Fuller created his geodesic dome. If you would like to participate in the conference but would prefer not to travel for environmental or other reasons, you will have the option to participate as presenter or audience member via the Internet.
The conference theme, “Dialogues”, aims to foster common ground, where participants representing diverse backgrounds (academic, artistic, industry, non-profit, et al.) can learn about and exchange ideas on ecomusics. In addition to general ecomusicology topics, the conference committee encourages submissions that respond, but are not limited, to the following topic fields:
- Musical collaboration (in, for, or with the environment)
- Improvisation (human and non-human)
- The music industry
- The sound of “green”
- Acoustic ecology
- Ecopoetics and sound
- Race, class, gender
Scholars from any academic field are invited to submit proposals to present in a variety of formats, including:
- Panels (3 to 5 participants, 30-90 minutes),
- Papers (20 or 30 minutes),
- Posters (electronic or paper format), and
- Alternative formats (performance, film, installation, lecture demonstration, etc.).
An author may submit up to two proposals (on related or separate topics).