Event Date/Time: Apr 18, 2008 End Date/Time: Apr 19, 2008
Registration Date: Apr 15, 2008
Early Registration Date: Feb 15, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Nov 15, 2007
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This interdisciplinary conference will explore the diverse musical responses to war, ranging from the various types of traditional war protest music to the music of soldiers and comrades-in-arms to patriotic and nationalistic music from a global perspective.

The conference will cap a year-long study of war at The Martin Institute—its politics, history, social and cultural effects—and will seek to analyze the complex relationship between war and music. As an example of The Martin Institute’s commitment to the power of crossing disciplinary borders, we welcome papers from a range of experts in fields such as music theory and history, musical theater, sociology, history, anthropology, political science, cultural studies, and literature.

The conference is particularly interested in the music of war from the mid-nineteenth century through the early twenty-first. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

· Music as an expression of either the justice or injustice of war

· The music of soldiers and comrades-in-arms

· The history and future of response music

· Popular music during wartime

· Studies of individual artists, composers, groups or musical genres

· Musical censorship during wartime


“Symphonies of War: Music in the United States during the Second World War,” a lecture given by Annegret Fauser, Professor of Music and Adjunct Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“Music in Time of War: From Bunker Hill to Baghdad,” a performance by the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Mark Harvey conductor

“'Machine Gun Blues: Black Popular Music and War,” a lecture given by Kimberley Phillips, Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Associate Professor of History, College of William & Mary


Proposals for full panels are preferred, but individual paper proposals are also welcome. Panel proposals should include a panel title, 200-word abstracts of 3-4 papers and a brief CV for each person delivering a paper. Individual proposals should include an abstract and brief CV.

Postgraduate students, as well as more senior scholars, are warmly encouraged to submit proposals by November 15, 2007. Panels of and poster presentations by undergraduate students are also welcome.