The Music, Language, and Culture Workshop

EthNoise! Symposium, May 24: Musical Meaning and its Media[tion]


EthNoise! The Ethnomusicology Workshop is proud to announce our 5th annual graduate symposium, to take place on Saturday, May 24. This year’s theme is: Musical Meaning and its Media[tion]. See below for our preliminary schedule. The program runs from 9:30am until 6:00pm, and takes place in Classics 110. Highlights include:

  • Eleven papers presented by University of Chicago graduate and post-doctoral students
  • A live, interactive demo of the Rock Band video game
  • Complimentary lunch and dinner with your pre-registration by May 21
  • Keynote speaker Charles Carson

Admission is free, and pre-registration is recommended but not required. To pre-register, please email with your name, affiliation, and any dietary restrictions. Please direct any questions or inquiries to this email address as well.

A .pdf of our flier is available for re-distribution, you can download it here: 2008 Symposium Flier

Persons with a disability who believe they may need assistance, please call Andrew Mall at 773-677-4410

EthNoise! The Ethnomusicology Workshop
2008 Symposium: Musical Meaning and its Media[tion]
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Classics 110, University of Chicago

8:45-9:30 Registration / Breakfast

9:30-11:00 Panel #1: Musical Identity as Mediation

  1. Gesa F. Hartje, “From Music Ministry to Music Industry and Back The Vineyard Churches”
  2. Rumya Chatterjee, “Country-Rock, Emmylou Harris and ‘Real’ Country Music”
  3. Feng-Shu Lee, “Moral and Aesthetic Dimensions of Musical Appropriation: A Case Study in Lisztomania

11:15-12:15 Panel #2: Digital Gaming and its Musical Media[tion]

  1. Peter Shultz, “Death Jingles and Musical Networks in Super Mario Bros.”
  2. Roger Moseley, “Rock Band and the Birth of Ludomusicology”

12:15-1:15 Lunch / Rock Band demo

1:15-2:45 Panel #3: Sonic Structure and Social Meaning

  1. David Bashwiner, “Musical Syntax and Musical Meaning: An Evolutionary Perspective”
  2. Brian A. Horne, “Rethinking Fidelity: Reflections on Noise in Underground Soviet-Era Russian Bardic Recordings”
  3. Jonathan De Souza, “Musical Categories in Everyday Life: Genre, Cognition, and (Extra)musical Meaning”

3:00-4:30 Panel #4: Versioning and Interpretation of Meaning

  1. James Steichen, “The Metropolitan Opera Goes Public: Peter Gelb and the Institutional Dramaturgy of the Met ‘Live in HD'”
  2. Jaime Jones, “‘Remain Calm and Sing Their Words’: Extensions and Extractions of Bhakti Liturgy Through Song”
  3. Nathan Bakkum, “A Soul of Its Own: Dancers, Musicians, and the Embodiment of Difference at the Park Plaza, 1940-1950”

4:45-6:00 Keynote: Charles Carson, “‘Race is the Place’: Negotiating Blackness, from Hard Bop to Smooth Jazz and Beyond

6:00-7:00 Dinner

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