Call for Proposals: Music and Labor

Announcing a call for proposals for a Pre-conference Symposium on Music and Labor. This symposium will take place in conjunction with the Society for Ethnomusicology 2014 Annual Meeting taking place in Pittsburgh.

Full Announcement:

Call for Proposals: MUSIC AND LABOR
Pre-Conference Symposium at the University of Pittsburgh
November 12, 2014

In Conjunction With
Society for Ethnomusicology 2014 Annual Meeting
November 13-16, 2014 – Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh’s long history of labor unions and class warfare from the age of 19th century robber barons sets the stage for the pre-conference symposium on music and labor. From protest songs in Occupy Movements to orchestra strikes to concerns about the value placed on musical labor in the academy, the pre-conference provides a forum for thinking and talking about music and labor, broadly conceived. We invite discussions of music as labor, music and labor movements, music of laborers, and musical labor within the academy that inevitably cross disciplines, transnational boundaries, and traverse constructions of class, race, gender, and sexuality. Proposals theorizing new legal, political, cultural, and socio-economic conditions for the production, commodification, consumption, and circulation of music are also welcome.

The pre-conference encourages collaborative projects between ethnomusicologists, labor scholars, those actively involved with labor movements, and musicians who consider sound the primary product of their labor. We encourage SEM members to submit proposals for panels that incorporate one or more of these perspectives by individuals of varying backgrounds.

Please send 250-word abstracts, with titles and the names of all project participants, to Adriana Helbig ( by March 7, 2014. Accepted presenters will be notified by March 31, 2014. 

The SEM 2014 Preconference Committee:
Adriana Helbig, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Pittsburgh
Gavin Steingo, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Pittsburgh
Andrew Weintraub, Professor of Music, University of Pittsburgh