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Columbia Music Scholarship Conference

March 30, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 6:30 pm EDT

The Columbia University Graduate Program in Music presents its annual conference on the topic: “Sound in Struggle: Audible Resistances.” Join us for a day of panels on the place of music in political resistance.

Alex E. Chávez, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, will be delivering his keynote address “Sonic Bridges and Intersectional Futures.”


9:30 am – Welcome and Breakfast
10:00 am – Session 1: Amplifying Archives
Chair: Julia Doe

Elizabeth Weinfield, “Leonora Duarte (1610–1678): Converso Composer in Antwerp”
Mari Jo Velasco, “Basque Songs of Revolutionary Turmoil and the Soundscape of Town Conflict, (1791-1792)”
David Floyd, “Critical Representation: Incorporating African American Art Music Composers into Theory Pedagogy”
11:45 am – Session 2: Sound Tactics and Genre Resistance
Chair: Kevin Fellezs

Alexander Goncalves, “Lyric and Liberation: Radical Pragmatics in Brazilian Hip Hop”
Kelsey Klotz, “Choosing to Resist: White Privilege, Civil Rights, and the Music Industry”
Benjamin Safran, “Classical Music and the Paradox of Repression in Contemporary Social Movements of the United States”
1:00 pm – Lunch
2:15 pm – Session 3: Soundscapes of Protest
Chair: Emily Wang

Joe Lovell, “Sonic Resistance in the Early PRC: Subverting the Soundscape in Mao’s China”
Rebecca Lentjes, “Sonic Dissent at U.S. Anti-Abortion Protests”
Miranda Fedock, “The Audible Transnation: Listening to WeChat as Resistance”
4:00 pm – Keynote Speech: Alex E. Chávez (University of Notre Dame)
5:00 pm – Reception

This event is free and open for the public. RSVP HERE


Graduate Program in Music
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New York, NY 10027 United States
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