Conference Schedule (all times EST)

9-9:30am: Welcome Remarks

Friday 9:30-11am:

Paper Session: Sounding Ecological Trauma

Olusegun Titus (Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria), “Sounding the Trauma of Exploitation and Environmental Degradation in Nigeria Popular Music”

Kate Galloway (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US), “Listening to and Embodying Environmental Trauma: On the Silences and Soundings of Extraction in Environmental Sound Art”

Shelby Oxenford (The University of Texas at Austin, US), “Archiving the Air: Ambient Music and Fukushima”

Chair: Giovanni Zanovello (Indiana University, US)

Paper Session: Sonic Activism in Response to Trauma

Destiny Meadows (University of Miami, US), “‘Negotiating Trauma through Music Video Creation during the United States HIV/AIDS Epidemic (1987-1995)”

Stephen Wilford (University of Cambridge, UK), “‘Ytnahaw ga’: Music, Sound and Public Trauma in Postcolonial Algeria”

Stephanie Benzaquen-Gautier (University of Nottingham, UK), “‘The Littlest of Stones’: Xiu Xiu’s Sonic Memorials to the Ungrievable”

Chair: Luis Velasco-Pufleau (Universität Bern, Switzerland)

Paper Session: Media Representations of World War II

Anita Jorge (University of Poitiers, France), “Harmonizing the Traumatic Sounds of the Blitz in Official British WW2 Documentaries”

Siv B. Lie (University of Maryland, College Park, US), “Sounding the Unspoken: Performance,Erasure, and Romani Holocaust Commemoration”

Alexandra Lloyd (University of Oxford, UK), “Picturing Sound and Trauma in Marcel Beyer and Ulli Lust’s Graphic Novel Voices in the Dark (2013)”

Chair: Mackenzie Pierce (University of Michigan, US)

Paper Session: Sounding Trauma on Screen

Reba Wissner (Columbus State University, US), “Depictions of Music Making in Fallout Shelters on 1950s and 1960s Television”

Ana Djordjevic (University College Cork, Ireland), “I’m Dreaming of a Better Past: (Yugo)Nostalgia in Manchevski’s Film Before the Rain

Chair: Maria Cizmic (University of South Florida, US)

11-11:30am: Break

Friday 11:30-1pm: Keynote: Lucy Dhegrae (National Sawdust, Brooklyn, US), “Losing My Voice, Finding My Artistry: Creativity, Healing, and Post-Traumatic Growth” 

Chair: Erin Brooks

1-2pm: Lunch Break

Friday 2-3:30pm:

Roundtable: Journal of American Musicological Society Music and Trauma Colloquy

Erin Brooks (State University of New York at Potsdam, US)

Molly Doran (Indiana University, US)

Sarah Gerk (State University of New York at Binghamton, US)

Eric Hung (Rider University, US)

Jenny Olivia Johnson (Wellesley College, US)

Tammy Kernodle (Miami University, US)

Fred Maus (University of Virginia, US)

Molly Ryan (Independent Scholar)

Chairs: Maria Cizmic (University of South Florida, US) & Jillian Rogers (Indiana University, US)

Paper Session: Trauma and Experimental Opera

Joy Calico (Vanderbilt University, US), “Experimental Opera as a Site of Trauma and Coping: Chaya Czernowin’s Infinite Now

Megan Steigerwald Ille (University of Cincinnati, US), “When the gut outgrows the spirit:” Representing Trauma and Erasure in The Industry’s Sweet Land

Chair: Zeynep Bulut (Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland)

Workshop: Heather Aranyi (Northwestern University, US), Systematic De-Sensitization and Trauma-Informed Practices from Warm-Ups to Post Performance: Utilizing Performance to Help the Body Heal from Trauma

3:30-4pm: Break

Friday 4-5:30pm:

Paper Session: Musical Institutions and the Traumas of Racism and Sexism  

Ayesha Casie Chetty (University of Cincinnati, US), “Being Black, Being an Opera Singer: How Elite Music Institutions Facilitate Trauma”

El Schoepf (University of Baltimore, US & Gestalt Therapy Institute, US) and Katy Shaffer (University of Baltimore, US), “Music Students’ Experience of Trauma and Oppression”

Jeffrey Crabtree (UTS and JMC Academy, Australia), “Indications of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Symptoms as a Consequence of Workplace and Sexual Harassment in Music Industry Workers in Australia and New Zealand”

Chair: Erin Johnson-Williams (Leverhulme Fellow, Durham University, UK)

Paper Session: Traumas in the Era of T****

Emma Reading (Lawrence University, US), “Bearing Witness to What You Cannot Heal: Sound Recording, Family Separation at the U.S.-Mexican Border, and the Fraught Connections of Tertiary Witnessing”

Nathan Fleshner (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, US), “Snapshots of Trauma in 1967, 2016, and 2020: Malvina Reynolds and the Search for Truth as a Path to Recovery”

Chair: Sergio Ospina Romero (Universidad de los Andes)

Paper Session: The Politics of Repression: Soviet-Era Traumas

Oksana Nesterenko (Stony Brook University, US), “Sounding Incomprehensible: Music Representation of the Experience of Leningrad Siege in Alexander Knaifel’s Agnus Dei”

Katherine Pukinskis (Amherst College and Longy School of Music, US), “Return, Education, and Commemoration in Latvian Song Celebration Performances of “‘Pūt​, ​vējiņi’”

Maria Fokina (Indiana University, US), “A Requiem for the Unburied: Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony (1943)”

Chair: Ann Searcy (University of Washington, US)

5:30-6pm: Break

Friday 6pm-7:30pm: Keynote: Laura Brown (Seattle, WA, US), Soothing the Traumatized Heart: Music, the Polyvagal Model of Trauma, and Healing of Complex Trauma

Chair: Erin Brooks

7:30-8pm: Break

Friday 8-9:30pm:


Xochi Flores and Cambalache (Los Angeles, US)

Chair: Eric Hung (Music of Asian America Research Center, US)

Saturday, February 13:

Saturday 8-9:30am:

Paper Session: Netflix, Hulu, and HBO: TV Platforms Tackling Trauma

Toby Huelin (University of Leeds, UK), “Listening to Trauma on Netflix: Music, Identity, and Homecoming in Tidelands

Shersten Johnson (University of St. Thomas, US), “Hulu’s Handmaid’s Tale: Orchestrating Trauma”

James Denis McGlynn (University College Cork, Ireland), “‘I am no longer afraid’: A Case Study on the Musical Communication of Trauma in Narrative Film and Television”

Chair: James Deaville (Carleton College)

Paper Session: Approaching Trauma through Reich’s WTC 9/11

Ryan Hepburn (Newcastle University, UK), “‘Simply sitting’: Interpretations of Shmira in Steve Reich’s WTC 9/11 (2010)”

Dan Blim (Denison University, US), “Proximity and Distance in Reich’s WTC 9/11

Chair: Amy Wlodarski (Dickinson College, US)

Paper Session: Songs and Memory under Dictatorship

Jesse Freedman (University of California, Riverside, US), “Memories of Captured Song: Revisiting the History and Legacies of Music-Making in Chilean Detention Center Through the Cantos Cautivos Testimonial Project”

Carlos van Tongeren (University of Manchester, UK) & Pedro Ordóñez (University of Granada, Spain), “Flamenco and Francoism: Engaging with Legacies of Dictatorial Violence through Deep Song”

Chair: Sergio Ospina Romero (Universidad de los Andes)

Panel: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Trauma and Healing through Music, Dance and Narrative*

Dionne Champion (University of Florida, US), “Engaging with Racial Histories and the Traumas of Systemic Racism with African American Youth through Music and Dance”

Imani Danielle Mosley (University of Florida, US), “‘They’re Gonna Do It Anyway’: Performing Black Male Death-as-Spectacle in the Music of Black Lives Matter”

Sarah Politz (University of Florida, US), “Postcolonial Trauma and Accountability in Musical           Remembrances of the Slave Trade in Benin, West Africa”

Colleen Rua (University of Florida, US), “Puerto Rico, You Lovely Island: Music, Trauma and Healing from Broadway to San Juan”

Chair: Eric Hung (Music of Asian America Research Center, US)

*This panel will go from 8am to 9:50am.

9:30-10am: Break

Saturday 10-11:30am: Keynote: Maria Hamilton Abegunde (Indiana University, US), “Sing a Song”, It Will Keep You Calm: Prince, Earth, Wind & Fire and Surviving a Pandemic with a Little Wonder

Chair: Jillian Rogers (Indiana University, US)

11:30-12: Break

Saturday 12-1:30:

Paper Session: Towards New Ethical Frameworks

Kyle Kaplan (Northwestern University, US), “Graham and Cowell at San Quentin”

Rebecca Lentjes (New York City, US), “Nonconsensual Listening, Everyday Sexism, and the Mundanity of Trauma”

Eric Hung (Rider University, US), “Chronicling Trauma Beyond Pain: Two Asian American Musicians Work to Document Fuller Lives”

Chair: Rebecca Dirksen (Indiana University, US)

Paper Session: COVID as Contemporary Trauma

Kimberly Williams (University of Florida, US), “Humming Through the Apocalypse: Sound Bathing and Black Woman Healing”

Natalie Farrell (University of Chicago, US), “K. K. COVID-19: Temporality, Cultural Trauma, and the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Soundtrack”

James Deaville (Carleton University, Canada), “De-Traumatizing the Pandemic: Music, Media, and the Neoliberal Economy”

Chair: Abigail Shupe (Colorado State University, US)

Paper Session: Trauma-Informed Pedagogy and Performance in the College Classroom

Gretchen Horlacher (University of Maryland, College Park, US), “The Compassionate Music Theory Classroom: Reverent Acknowledgement”

John Perkins (Butler University, US), “Facilitating Critical Music Pedagogy through Trauma-Informed Interventions: A Qualitative Study”

Mirna Lekic and Steven Dahlke (Queensborough Community College, City University of New York, US), “Traumatic Musical Narratives in Pedagogical Context”

Chair: Lauren Richerme (Indiana University, US)

Roundtable: Nineteenth-Century Music Review Special Issue Participants on Historicizing Traumas of the Musical Past

Erin Brooks (State University of New York at Potsdam, US)

Sarah Gerk (State University of New York at Binghamton, US)

Erin Johnson-Williams (Durham University, UK)

Michelle Meinhart (Trinity Laban Conservatoire, UK)

Elizabeth Morgan (St. Joseph’s University, US)

Jillian Rogers (Indiana University, US)

Chair: Alison DeSimone (University of Missouri-Kansas City, US)

1:30-2:30pm: Coffee/Happy Hour Depending on Your Time Zone!

Saturday 2:30pm-4pm:

Panel: Music in Detention: Sound, Violence, Trauma

Jacob Kingsbury Downs (University of Sheffield, UK), “At the Edge of the Violated Body: Touch, Embodiment, and Technology in Headphone Torture”

Elsa Calero-Carramolino (University of Granada, Spain), “Portraits of the Musical National Identity in the Francoist Penitentiary System (1938-1975)”

Anna Papaeti (University of Athens, Greece), “Singing out Terror: Music Communities in Detention during Military Dictatorship in Greece (1967-1974)

Chair: Luis Velasco-Pufleau (Universität Bern, Switzerland)

Paper Session: Gendered Trauma and Operatic Women

Hilary Poriss (Northeastern University, US), “Critical Abuse and the Death of Maria Malibran (1808- 1836)”

Molly Doran (Indiana University, US), “Performing Ophelia’s Trauma in the 21st-Century Opera House”

Kate Hamori (Indiana University, US), “Modern American Madwoman: Tracing the Development of Complex Trauma in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah

Chair: Marcie Ray (Michigan State University, US)

Paper Session: Hearing Traumatic Presents through Traumatic Pasts

Remi Chiu (Loyola University Maryland, US), “Peals of Fear and Hope: The Multivalence of Bells Across Two Pandemics”

Kathryn Cox (Liverpool Hope University, UK), “‘Mother, Should I Trust the Government?’: Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Socio-Political Movements, and Shared Trauma in the 21 Century”

Alison DeSimone (University of Missouri-Kansas City, US), “The Absence of Trauma in Eighteenth-Century Music and Why It Matters”

Chair: Martha Sprigge (UC-Santa Barbara, US)

4-4:30pm: Break

Saturday 4:30-6pm:


Lucy Dhegrae (National Sawdust, Brooklyn, US) and Kevin Becker, (Clinical psychologist, US) “The Body Writes the Score—Processing Trauma through Music and Performance”

Chair: Maria E. Hamilton Abegunde (Indiana University, US)

Paper Session: Music, Trauma, and Civil Wars

Maria Athanasiou (Northumbria University, UK), “To traghoúdhi tou nekroú aderfoú: Theodorakis’ Narrative Composition on the Greek Civil War (1946-1949)”

Emily Abrams Ansari (Western University, Canada), “Decolonizing Trauma Studies in Music: Historical Memory and Civil War El Salvador”

Thomas Kernan (Roosevelt University, US), “Mourning and Maneuvering: Musical Practice and the New Traumas of Reconstruction”

Chair: David McDonald (Indiana University, US)

Paper Session: Addressing Trauma in Educational and Non-Profit Institutions

Rebecca DeWan (Michigan State University, US), “Music Teachers’ Perceptions of Professional Development on Trauma-Informed Pedagogy”

Marissa Silverman (Montclair State University, US), “Music and Trauma Studies, Music Education, and the Praxis of Music Teaching and Learning”

Abimbola Cole Kai-Lewis (New York City Department of Education, Brooklyn, NY, US), “Touching the Sun: Music, Trauma, and Youth in New York City”

Chair: Lauren Richerme (Indiana University, US)

Lecture Recital

“Memory in Musical Material Culture: Mapping Narratives of Trauma and Migration in the Music Archive of the Jewish Holocaust Centre, Melbourne”

Joseph Toltz (University of Sydney, Australia)

Anna Hirsch (Archivist, Jewish Holocaust Centre and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia)

Chair: Judah Cohen (Indiana University, US)

6-7pm:  Saturday Night/Sunday Morning Coffee/Drinks Reception (depending on your time zone!)

Saturday 7-8:30: Keynote Performance & Talk-Back

Shulamit Ran, Glitter, Doom, Shards, Memory – String Quartet No. 3

I. That which happened 

II. Menace

III. “If I perish – do not let my paintings die.” IV. Shards, Memory

Pacifica Quartet (Indiana University, US)

Shulamit Ran (University of Chicago, US)

Chair: Jillian Rogers (Indiana University, US)

Sunday, February 14

Sunday 8-9:30am:

Paper Session: Music, Memory, and Forced Migration

Nadia Younan (University of Toronto, Canada), “Intersections of Collective Memory and Cultural Trauma in Assyrian   Narrative Song: A Case Study on ‘The Eagle of Tkhomeh’”

Nick Poulakis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece), “Echoes of Trauma in Cinema: Music and the Greek Film Melodrama of the Sixties”

Heather MacLachlan (University of Dayton, US), “Music’s Role in the Persecution of Muslims in Burma/Myanmar”

Chair: Amy Wlodarski (Dickinson College, US)

Paper Session: Listening to Traumatized Bodies in Medical Contexts

Erin Johnson-Williams (Durham University, UK), “Silencing ‘Savage’ Soundscapes: British Imperial Records of C-Sections in Nineteenth-Century South Africa and Uganda” 

Erin Brooks (State University of New York at Potsdam, US), “This is a Rhythm I Have Breathed in Since That Day: Polio, Sound, and Traumatic Memory”

Michelle Meinhart (Trinity Laban Conservatoire, UK), “Contractions, Cries, and COVID: The Traumatic Soundscapes of UK Lockdown Hospital Maternity Wards”

Chair: Samantha Bassler (New York University, US)

Lecture Recital:

“Healing and Empowerment in Margaret Bonds’s Spiritual Suite for Piano”

Joseph Stiefel (Pianist and Musicologist, Indiana University, US)

Chair: Kristen M. Turner (North Carolina State University, US)

9:30-10am: Break

Sunday 10-11:30am:

Paper Session: Theatrical Representations of Trauma

Michael Ka-Chi Cheuk (The Open University Hong Kong), “Escaping through Sound: Gao Xingjian’s Absolute Signal

Allison Bernard (Yale University, US), “Flowers in the Rear Courtyard: Singing the Tune of Falling Dynasty”

Jeremy Lowenthal (University of Iowa, US), “Air Drama: Traumatic Sound Effects in the Beckettian Skullscape”

Chair: Eleanor Owicki (Indiana University, US)

Paper Session: Trauma, Time, Embodiment, Performance

Hila Tamir Ostrover (Tel-Aviv University, Israel), “The Embodiment of Trauma in Chaya Czernowin’s Pnima… ins Innere

Alisha Stranges (University of Toronto, Canada), “Dancing with Rupture: Respite, Transcendence,   and the Art of Improvised Rhythm Tap in the Aftermath of Psychic Trauma”

Nicolette Van den Bogerd (Indiana University, US), “Holocaust Trauma and Israeli Identity: The Case of Alexandre Tansman’s Isaïe le prophète

Chair: Elizabeth Morgan (Saint Joseph’s University, US)

Paper Session: Transformative Spaces: Thinking through Trauma in Classrooms

Jillian Rogers (Indiana University, US), “‘There’s Always Time to Talk About Feelings’: Taking a Trauma-Informed Approach to Musicological Teaching & Training”

Marcie Ray (Michigan State University, US), “Centering Survivors in a Feminist Trauma-Informed Musicology Classroom”

Chair: Katie Kearns (Indiana University, US)

Panel: “Better Be Good to Me”: Narratives of Domestic Violence in American Popular Song*

Samantha Bassler, (New York University, US) “‘Reasons I Drink’: Alanis Morissette, Trauma, and Being an Angry Woman”

Anna Gotlib (Brooklyn College, City University of New York, US), “The Smile of Claudia Gator: Magnolia, Aimee Mann, and Forgiveness”

Elizabeth K. Keenan (Columbia University, US), “Daddy’s L’il Girl’: Riot Grrrl and Childhood Sexual Abuse”

Lauron Kehrer (Western Michigan University, US), “See Me Now: Awareness and Advocacy Around Domestic Violence in LGBTQ+ Relationships Through Pop Music”

Chair: Stephanie Jensen-Moulton (Brooklyn College, City University of New York, US)

*This panel will go from 10am to 11:50am.

11:30-12: Break

Sunday 12-1:30pm:

Paper Session: Expressing Trauma through Ritual and Spirituality

Napakadol Kittisenee (University of Wisconsin-Madison, US), “Buddhist Ode to National Liberation: Liturgy of Wars and Atrocities”

Martin Greve (Orient-Institute Istanbul, Turkey), “Musical Expression within the Traumatized Society of Dersim (Central Eastern Anatolia)”

Alicia Monroe (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US), “Sorrow and Celebration in Afro-Catholic Burials in Southeastern Brazil, 1850-1870”

Chair: Lindsay Johnson (University of Maryland, Baltimore, US)

Panel: Listening to Gendered Trauma after World War II

Ariana Phillips-Hutton (University of Cambridge, UK), “Howling Girls: Trauma, Gender, and Sound in Contemporary Laments”

Martha Sprigge (University of California, Santa Barbara, US), “Gendered Lamentations and Cultural Trauma in the German Democratic Republic”

Abby Anderton (Baruch College, City University of New York, US), “The Audible Survivor: Women’s Songs as Holocaust Musical Testimony”

Chair: Joy Calico (Vanderbilt University, US)

Paper Session: Voice Studies/Trauma Studies

Emily Milius (University of Oregon, US), “Kesha’s Vocal Representations of Trauma and Recovery in ‘Praying’”

Sasha Drozzina (Purdue Fort Wayne University, US), “IC3PEAK Whispers and Screams po- Russki (in Russian) of Cultural Downfalls in Russia Today”

Zeynep Bulut (Queen’s University Belfast, UK), “A Piece of Sustainability”

Chair: Alexandra Apolloni (Yale University, US)

Paper Session: Spectacles of Trauma in the 19th Century

Annelies Andries (Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and University of Oxford, UK) “Controlling War Traumas at the Circus, c. 1800”

Stephen Armstrong (Eastman School of Music, US), “Shipwreck, Trauma, and Disaster Tourism in Bellini’s Il Pirata

Anthony Barone (University of Nevada, Las Vegas, US), “Musical Process and Trauma in the Discourses of Wagner’s Ring

Chair: Sarah Gerk (Binghamton University, US)

1:30-2:30pm: Break

Sunday 2:30pm-4pm: Keynote: Maria Cizmic (University of South Florida, US), “Reflections on Music and Trauma in Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden

Chair: Michelle Meinhart (Trinity Laban Conservatoire, UK)

4-4:30pm: Break

Sunday 4:30pm—6pm:

Paper Session: Gender and Ethnographies of Institutional Trauma

Anthea Skinner (University of Melbourne, Australia), “‘He had a Rough War’: Trauma in the Australian Army Band Service After World War II”

Alyssa Wells (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, US), “A Band of Brothers?: Abuse in Drum Corps International”

Elly Scrine (University of Melbourne, Australia), “Beyond Trauma-Informed Practice: The Role of Music Therapy in a Shifting Trauma Paradigm”

Chair: Imani Mosley (University of Florida, US)

Paper Session: Voicing Cultural Trauma in the 1960s and 1970s

Kristen M. Turner (North Carolina State University, US), “Cultural Trauma and the Importance of Music in the Civil Rights Movements”

Claire Buchanan (Indiana University, US), “‘We’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden’: Analyzing Woodstock as a Trauma Response”

Diana Blom and Pamela Withnall (Western Sydney University, Australia), “Hearing Trauma in Australian Popular Songs of the Vietnam War”

Chair: Gwyneth Bravo (New York University, Abu Dhabi)

Lecture Recital:

“Private Trauma and Public Memory in the Art Song of Grażyna Bacewicz, Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern, and Zygmunt Mycielski”

Lucy Fitz Gibbon (Soprano, Bard College, US)

Ryan MacEvoy McCullough (Pianist, Cornell University, US)

Mackenzie Pierce (Musicologist, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, US)

Chair: Lisa Cooper-Vest (University of Southern California, US)

6-6:15pm: Closing Remarks

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