Disability and Deaf Studies & Sound Studies SIGs Joint Panel at SEM: CFP

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS (deadline for abstracts is February 5, 2020)


The Society for Ethnomusicology Disability and Deaf Studies Special Interest Group and the Sound Studies Special Interest Group invite members to submit abstracts to be selected for a panel proposal for the SEM 65th Annual Meeting on October 22-25, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada. This year, our two Special Interest Groups will be collaborating to sponsor a panel on topics that combine, intersect, and resonate between these two areas of study. We welcome scholars who conduct research in these areas as well as those who identify as belonging to either Deaf or disabled communities to share their insights and experiences.

We seek papers that engage with topics of Sound Studies and Disability and Deaf Studies including, but not limited to, the following:

·  The intersections of Sound Studies with Disability and Deaf Studies

·  Methodological resonances between the study of sound and the study of disability and D/deafness

·  Sonic representations of invisible disabilities, chronic illness, and mental health

·  The place of sound in histories of disability

·  Performance of disability and Deaf identities in popular culture including film, television, theater, and the media

·  Disability as metaphor in discussions of sound and aurality

·  Politics and political histories of disability and sound

·  Links among pathology, disability, and sound, including within discussions of eugenics treatments.

We are soliciting proposals for twenty-minute presentations from scholars active in all music disciplines as well as from scholars in related fields, aiming to maximize the theoretical and methodological breadth of the discussion.

Submission Guidelines:

Please submit abstracts of 200 to 250 words to both DDStudiesSEM@gmail.com and davindarsingh@g.harvard.edu by February 5, 2020. Please include your name and contact information in your e-mail only, and attach the abstract as a Word or PDF file, since the committee will be selecting papers anonymously. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by end of day on February 10, 2020.

SMT DisMus and Music Cognition Interest Group Joint Meeting, November 9

The SMT Music Cognition Group and the SMT Interest Group
on Music and Disability will co-host a session of lightening talks at the
Society for Music Theory’s 42nd Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio. The
meeting will take place from 12:30pm-2pm on Saturday, November 9 in
Nationwide A. Please join us!

The theme of our joint session will be “Intersections of Music, Disability,
and Cognition.” The lightening talks include:

-Leigh VanHandel, “Working Memory Burdens and Music Theory Pedagogy”

-Michael Vitalino, “Aural Skills Pedagogy for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
(DHH) Students”

-Justin London, “Music Instruments as Cognitive Extensions, Domain
Specificity in Motor Tasks, and the Implications for the Music Theory
Classroom” OR “Why is it that Very Good Musicians suck at Aural Skills?”

-Mark Saccomano, “Dangerous Music: Analysis, Criticism, and the Aesthetic

-Evan Jones, “Metric Disability in David Lang’s Stuttered Chang (2011)”

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

Update on Music and Disability Mentoring Program

The SMT Interest Group on Music and Disability is pleased to announce the relaunch of its mentoring program. Our goal is to actively cultivate a support network to help scholars in their encounters with dis/ability. We pair interested individuals (faculty and graduate students) for the purpose of sharing stories, ideas, and information. The program is open to individuals affiliated with either AMS or SMT. These pairings might take the form of traditional mentor/mentee relationships with relatively senior faculty guiding relatively junior faculty or graduate students, or may take the form of partnerships between peers. The support network is fully intended to address both teaching challenges and personal-life challenges.

Who might benefit from participating in the support network? Anyone would who like advice, information, or support with respect to navigating disability in their personal, professional, and/or scholarly lives. For example, this might be someone who is teaching a student with a disability, or someone who is navigating disability in their own life or a family member’s.

Please note that the “mentoring” relationships we intend to cultivate in this network are mutually supportive and non-hierarchical. Any views and advice offered solely represent individuals’ opinions and do not represent the policies or views of the SMT or AMS, as per the mentoring policies of the SMT.

If you would like to form a sustaining contact with a fellow music scholar who has navigated disability-related issues, contact Anabel Maler (amaler@uchicago.edu). We will accommodate requests for confidentiality and specific mentors.

Music and Disability Events at SMT 2017 in Arlington

The SMT Interest Group on Music and Disability invites all interested SMT members to join us from 12:15 to 1:45 on Friday November 3rd in Studio E of the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel for our annual group meeting. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

We will begin with a short business meeting that will last no more than fifteen minutes. This will then be followed by an informal seminar on The Intersections of Sound Studies and Disability Studies in Music that will last from 12:30 until approximately 1:45. We will be led for this seminar by noted authors Mara Mills (NYU) and Jonathan Sterne (McGill University) who will be joining us from The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin where they are presently co-authoring a book on the history of time stretching and pitch shifting technology. Professors Mills and Sterne will be joining us via Skype. Sumanth Gopinath (University of Minnesota) and Jennifer Iverson (University of Chicago) will be our respondents, on site.

In preparation for this seminar, we ask that you read two short essays from the volume Keywords in Sound Studies: Chapter 4 (Mills) “Deafness,” and Chapter 6 (Sterne) “Hearing.” In addition, please also consider reading the recent essay “Dismediation: Three Proposals and Six Tactics,” co-authored by Mills and Sterne.

You can access these readings here:

Deafness: https://drive.google.com/open…

Hearing: https://drive.google.com/open…

Dismediation: https://drive.google.com/open…

Following the seminar, we will be holding an informal meet-and-greet happy hour from 5–6 p.m.