Call For Papers
(Re-)Covering Musics
Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
21 March 2015

    Carleton University’s Music and Culture Graduate Student Society invites proposals for its fifth annual conference, “(Re-)Covering Musics.” We are very pleased to announce that this year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Kip Pegley from Queen’s University. Dr. Pegley’s current research explores the use of music in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder for veterans who fought in Afghanistan. She will be presenting her address “Music, Canadian Soldiers, Traumatized Lives.”

     This colloquium aims to explore the relationship between music and recovery, as well as to examine the idea of alternatives in a musical context. Music has often been associated with providing a sense of community and serving as a comforting outlet for listeners. Many cultural groups perform music in traditional healing practices, while others use music as an alternative to mainstream treatments or for self-healing. In addition, music can be reinterpreted and altered in production and performance. Paper topics may query: how and why is music used in the process of recovering? What are the social factors surrounding music as form of healing? What is the purpose and appeal of musical reinterpretations or cover versions to musicians and listeners? In addition to papers related to the conference theme, we welcome and strongly encourage interdisciplinary papers on, but not limited to, the following topics:

• Music technologies and their use
• Hip hop and rock music studies
• Sound studies
• Political ecology and music
• Music and place
• Globalization, transnationalism, and diaspora
• Music and identity, including fandom and religion
• The sociology of music
• Music and labour
• New approaches to the study of music
• Music industries
• Relationships between music and other forms of media

        Paper presentations are 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute discussion period. Those interested should submit a title and 250 word abstract in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format no later than 16 February 2015. Proposals should be written in English. Please include the following in the body of the email: your name, institutional affiliation, technical requirements, and contact information. Proposals will be reviewed anonymously by the MCGSS Selection Committee and results will be announced no later than 25 February 2015. Please send submissions or questions to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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