The Society of Graduate Students in Music at Western University is pleased to announce its 22nd annual Graduate Symposium on Music (WUGSOM), August 20th – 21st, 2021. This year the keynote speaker will be Dr. Philip Ewell (Hunter College of the City University of New York). His talk is titled “Confronting Antisemitism in American Music Studies.” An abstract is below:
With the possible exception of discrimination against women, antisemitism is arguably the world’s oldest form of discrimination. For many centuries, and for millennia if one believes ancient religious texts, Jews have faced unspeakable horrors for simply being Jewish. In American music studies, however, because Jews have had a measure of success, especially in the late-twentieth and twenty-first centuries, it’s easy to be lulled into the false belief that antisemitism is not a thing, is not operative in what we do in our American music institutions. This is untrue. In this talk I’ll discuss how antisemitism most certainly exists in our music institutions and in our interpretations of the music we teach and play, after which I’ll offer a few ideas on how to confront antisemitism in American music studies.
This year WUGSOM is once again virtual, and our conference will be held entirely online! The program committee invites graduate students of from all institutions and all disciplines to submit proposals for papers on any aspect of music, including but by no means limited to music theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, music cognition, music education, composition, and performance. We welcome papers on any topic and encourage a diversity of excellence in research across many fields. The deadline for submission is Friday, May 21st, 2021 at 4:00 pm EST.
For more info, please see: http://sogsim.com/conference-2021/.