CFP: Music Studies and the Anthropocene: Ruptures and Convergences

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Kirsten S. Paige

Oct 22, 2021, 5:59:20 PM10/22/21
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CFP: Music Studies and the Anthropocene: Ruptures and Convergences 


The Music Studies in/and the Anthropocene Research Network invites papers from scholars of music and sound that seek to develop a musicology in/of the “Anthropocene,” the name geologists have given to recognize a new epoch of planetary history defined by human-induced climate and ecosystem change. This two-day, discussion-intensive symposium will take place in a hybrid format between 21-22 May 2022.


Despite increasing interest in studies of music and the environment in recent years, the Anthropocene as such has received little attention in music studies so far. This relative neglect may be unsurprising, given the epistemological distances that separate areas of geological and musicological inquiry. And yet, the Anthropocene can also alter the ways in which we think about music’s relation to (more commonly studied categories of) nature, landscape, ecology and climate change. With this discussion-based symposium, we hope to establish a set of positions for music scholars that take seriously the demands the Anthropocene places on humanistic scholarship. 


Proposals of no more than 300 words will be due on 15 January 2022 and should be submitted to:


For full details, see the complete CFP: 


Questions can be addressed to Kirsten Paige ( or Andrew Chung ( 

Kirsten Paige, Ph.D. (she/her)
Assistant Teaching Professor of Musicology 
Department of Music | North Carolina State University 
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