Starts
Thursday, May 11, 2023
Ends
Saturday, May 13, 2023
Submission Deadline
Friday, January 13, 2023
Location
Harvard University Department of Music, Cambridge, MA

We are pleased to announce a three-day conference bringing together researchers and artists from a variety of music-related disciplines for a dialogue on the interconnected themes of instruments, interfaces, and infrastructures.

As evidenced by the rise of “new” organologies, there is growing interest among music scholars in studying instruments as epistemologically loaded objects that encapsulate knowledge of sound and mediate sonic practices. Our conference aims to extend this work into the interdisciplinary zones of interface studies and infrastructure studies. Bridging these discourses, the conference will open space for imagining new theories, methodologies, and practices that scale between different layers of musical media, showing how bodies, tools, and techniques are entangled in a dynamic web of relations. 

The conference will feature three keynote speakers—musicologist Emily Dolan, sound artist and media scholar Tara Rodgers, and music theorist Sumanth Gopinath—each responding to one of the main conference themes. There will also be creative workshops and performances featuring the 40-loudspeaker HYDRA system of the Harvard University Studio for Electroacoustic Composition, as well as faculty-artists from the Electronic Production and Design (EPD) program at Berklee College of Music. Finally, conference attendees will be offered guided tours of acoustical artifacts at Harvard’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, and researchers are invited to propose papers and panels focusing on these historical objects at hand. 

The conference organizing committee welcomes proposals for individual papers, themed sessions, roundtables, workshops, and creative contributions. To foster an interdisciplinary space of collaboration, we encourage applications that respond to the conference themes from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives. We especially encourage proposals by scholars, artists, and activists working within and across Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, LGBTQ+ people, disabled people, and other underrepresented communities in the fields of music, media, and sound studies. 

To apply, submit an abstract (350 words), short biography (150 words), and a list of five keywords describing your project. Optionally, you may also provide a select bibliography (1 page) and supplementary examples (1-2 pages), or in the case of creative proposals, a URL weblink to access audio/visual material (2-3 minutes).

The deadline for all proposals is at 11:59pm EST on Friday, January 13, 2023. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified in early February 2023. Email complete proposals to iiicon2023-at-gmail.com. 

For more details, see conference website: https://sites.harvard.edu/instruments-interfaces-infrastructures/ 

Organizing Committee 

  • Landon Morrison, lead organizer 
  • Carolyn Abbate   
  • Michèle Duguay 
  • Toru Momii 
  • Alexander Rehding