Music Department Faculty & Graduate Students participate in virtual symposia to discuss "Music and Sound at the Edges of History"

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Department of Music faculty members Martha Feldman, Ferdinand Schevill Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Music and the College, and Jessica Swanston Baker, Assistant Professor of Music, along with twelve Department of Music graduate students will participate in online symposia sessions that rethink the relationship between music and practices of writing history, with attention to questions of materiality, race, affective attachments, memory, and loss. These sessions are in response to an issue of the storied journal Representations that Feldman coedited with Nicholas Mathew, Professor of Music and Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley.

The journal issue is the upshot of a four-year project (2014-18) led by a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional consortium of humanities centers at several universities (the University of Chicago, Yale University, University of California, Berkeley, and King's College London, with input also from Harvard University) that was funded by the Mellon Foundation.

Twelve graduate students from the UChicago Department of Music are serving as respondents along with twenty-five others from Berkeley and Yale. These sessions will take place on Zoom, following the schedule below.

Cantological Histories
Thursday, December 2, 3:30-5:00 PM CT / 1:30-3:00 PM PST
Join this session via Zoom

1. Michael Denning & Gary Tomlinson
Rosie Ward, Devin Borowski, Gabriel Bristow

2. Delia Casadei
Collin Ziegler, Andrei Pohorelsky, Cat Slowik

3. James Chandler
Saagar Asnani, Amy Skjerseth, Jade Conlee


Music, Race, Memory
Friday, December 3, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM CT/ 9:00-10:30 AM PST
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1. Martin Stokes
Parkorn Wangpaiboonkit, Ceyda Cekmeci, Chris Batterman Cháirez, Jacqueline Georgis

2. Martha Feldman
Max Jefferson, Catrin Dowd, Clara Wilson-Hawken

3. Jessica Swanston Baker
Jennifer Ye Ji Cho, Andrew Stock, Patrick Murphy, Isaac Jean-Franois


Opera as History Musical Pasts
Friday, December 3, 3:00-5:00 PM CST/ 1:00-3:00 PM PST
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1. Gundula Kreuzer
Allison Jerzak, Anna Gatdula, David Wilson, Allison Chu

2. Carolyn Abbate
Mara Lane, Anne Monique Pace, Ginger Dellenbaugh, Taryn Dubois

3. Mary Ann Smart
Susan Bay, Darren Kusar, Zachary Stewart

4. Nicholas Mathew
Flannery McIntrye, Kim Sauberlich, Florian Walch, Tatiana Koike


With generous support from the Mellon Foundation

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