Call for Abstracts - Music and Climate Justice

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Marshall, Kimberly

Jan 25, 2021, 3:32:16 PM1/25/21

Call for Abstracts:

We invite submissions for a panel on music and climate justice. We are particularly interested in music scholars working with communities in Native North America and/or within contemporary Indigenous contexts. This panel will be proposed for the Society for Ethnomusicology 2021 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Because we are looking for section sponsorship, we would like to hear from potential panelists by Wednesday, January 27

Session Organizer: Maxwell Yamane, University of Maryland College Park (

Session abstract:

Ecological activists have sought to address current environmental crises of the Anthropocene by eagerly incorporating alternative perspectives from Indigenous peoples. Ecomusicology has also sought to incorporate these perspectives as well. However, while both scholars and activists drive discussions focused primarily on climate crises, they often overlook the structural inequalities against Indigenous communities that are exacerbated by climate change and the political forces that fuel it. This panel seeks to engage with both Ecomusicology and Indigenous Music scholars by looking at climate change in relation to social, economic, political, and spiritual issues experienced by Indigenous communities as well as how both sound and music play roles in challenging, criticizing, and providing alternatives to these ramifications. 

We welcome contributions form a variety of perspectives including, but not limited to:

  • Indigenous Musics/Sound and Climate Justice
  • Indigenous Musics/Sound and the Anthropocene 
  • Music/Sound as a Guise for Allyship
  • Politics of Climate Justice through Music/Sound
  • Music/Sound as Resistance to Historic and Contemporary Settler-Colonialism
  • Ecocriticism through Music/Sound
  • Music/Sound and Environmental Racism
  • Soundscapes 
  • Acoustemology 

This year’s conference will be held October 28-31, 2021 held in Atlanta, GA. Presenters in this session must be members of the Society for Ethnomusicology. 

For more information on the conference see:




Kimberly J. Marshall, PhD

Associate Professor, Anthropology /

Director, Arts & Humanities Forum /

University of Oklahoma 


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