Disability and Music Cognition CFP

It is a pleasure to announce that the SMT Interest Groups on Music and Disability and Music Cognition Interest Group will be co-hosting a session of ten-minute lightning talks at the Society for Music Theory’s 42ndAnnual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio on November 7–10, 2019.

The SMT Music Cognition Group seeks to promote the study and scholarship of music cognition and its implications for music theory and analysis. The SMT Interest Group on Music and Disability seeks to foster conversation among musicians about music-historical and music-theoretical issues related to disability, drawing on recent developments in the new, interdisciplinary field of Disability Studies. The group also serves as an advocate for greater accessibility in all areas of music theory scholarship and pedagogy. We believe there is potential for many overlaps and connections between these two areas of scholarship. 

The theme of our joint session will be “Intersections of Music, Disability, and Cognition.” We welcome papers on any topic that connects themes of disability studies and cognitive studies, broadly defined. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Music therapy and its relationship to music theory and/or analysis
  • Music pedagogy
  • Ableism in music cognition research
  • Disabled hearings and/or hermeneutic readings
  • Embodied, extended, and situated cognition
  • Intellectual (dis)ability and analysis
  • Conceptual or Cognitive Metaphors of (dis)ability
  • Race, gender, sexuality as related to perception of bias and prejudice
  • “Ideal” participants in music cognition experiments (e.g. musician vs non-musician, etc.)

Guide for Submissions

The deadline to submit a proposal to present a ten-minute lightning talk is August 30th, 2019. Proposals should be limited to 350 words. To submit your abstract, please send by email to anabel-maler@uiowa.edu

Important Dates

Deadline for submission: August 30th, 2019

Notification of acceptance: September 30th, 2019

Organising committee:

Anabel Maler, Co-chair Music and Disability Interest Group

Chantal Lemire, Co-chair, Music and Disability Interest Group

Janet Bourne, Chair, Music Cognition Interest Group

For any enquiries regarding the programme, please contact: anabel-maler@uiowa.edu

For all general enquiries, please contact: anabel-maler@uiowa.edu

We look forward to seeing you at the Society for Music Theory’s 42ndAnnual Meeting.


Anabel, Chantal, and Janet

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