Midwest Graduate Music Consortium 2018

The Midwestern Graduate Music Consortium invites the submission of scores or performances for our 2018 conference, which will be held April 26-27th, 2018 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. This year’s meeting will focus on the theme “Music and Intersectional Thought.”

While many fields of music studies have developed historical, theoretical, and analytic methods to understand the connections between music and identity, recent scholars have increasingly complicated these paradigms by recognizing that categories of identity are both complex and unwieldy. Power, like music, rarely works neatly, thus requires frameworks that can account for multiple and shifting ways that we encounter it. Intersectional thought provides one such account by recognizing the multiple axes of oppression that connect racism, sexism, heterosexism, abilism, class oppression and other hierarchical power dynamics. Building on Kimberley Crenshaw’s foundational work on the intersection of racism and sexism, this conference aims to consider what can intersectional thought bring to music, and in turn what music can bring to intersectional thought. In short we ask: what the interlocking and intersecting forms of power that shape our musical experiences and how music speaks back to these demands?

While we will consider all compositions and performances, we especially encourage submissions that speak to the following topics:

Music and Power
Intersectionality across History
Analyzing Intersectionality
Music and Biography
Performing Identities
Music and Black Feminism
Disciplinary Intersections
Musical Hybridity
Music and Privilege

MGMC invites composers to submit recently composed pieces for chamber groups of 7 or fewer instruments. MGMC will provide musicians and performers on traditional Western instruments for the selected pieces when possible, or composers may also provide their own performers. If they will provide their own performers, the composer must indicate this at the time of submission.

The length of the composition should not exceed 12 minutes. In the cover email, please include your name, place of affiliation, email address, phone number, a title of the work, a short note about the piece that could be printed in a program, and a list of any needed resources and performers. Pieces may have been performed before. Composers are encouraged, but not required to submit an audio or video recording along with the score.

In addition to the call for notated musical scores, we will also consider submissions from creators working on or with music in other disciplines including but not limited to sound art, performance art, video, dance, plastic arts. The submitter must indicate any needed resources or performers for their performance at the time of submission. The same guidelines as above apply here.

Please submit scores and recordings electronically, as a PDF document and mp3 file (if applicable), to the program committee at mgmc2018nu@gmail.com. In the cover email, please include your name, the title of your composition/performance, your place of affiliation, email address, and phone number, as well as any A/V equipment needed for the proposed presentation. You may also include .jpg files if you want to include pictures with your submission.

Submissions must be received by January 26th, 2018 at 5 p.m. Notification of selections will be sent by March. Submitters are encouraged, but not required to attend the conference or the concert. MGMC is unable to assist with travel, but might be able to host a few individuals if necessary.

MGMC 2018 will be hosted and generously supported by the Bienen School of Music. MGMC 2018 is funded in part by a Catalyst grant from The Graduate School at Northwestern University. This event is co-sponsored by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities and by Graduate Leadership and Advocacy Council.

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