2018 SMR Conference: Music and Borders

Last weekend, SMR held its much-anticipated 2018 graduate-student conference. Students from around the country gave ten paper presentations (including one lecture-recital) on a variety of topics relating to the conference’s theme, “Music and Borders,” across the disciplines of historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, and musical performance (see conference program below). The conference’s keynote speaker was Dr. Alejandro L. Madrid of Cornell University, whose talk, entitled “The Importance of Being from ‘The Other Side’: Music, Estrangement, and Border Studies in the 21st Century,” extended the conference’s theme in productive directions and gave his audience much food for thought. Conference participants also had the opportunity to attend a UMS show by Company Wang Ramirez, whose dance work Borderline made an ideal pairing with the conference.

The conference was by all accounts a great success. Congratulations and thanks are particularly due to the conference committee—Anna Rose Nelson (co-chair), Richard Smith (co-chair), and Jacob Arthur (treasurer)—as well as to Dr. Madrid, for his keynote lecture; to the presenters, for their stimulating papers; to the faculty advisors, Professors Castro, Mengozzi, and Rusch, for their invaluable guidance; to the many volunteers from among the SMR ranks; and finally, to the many conference-attendees over the various conference events. Bravi, all!

The conference was supported in part through the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Meta Weiser EXCEL Fund.

Download the conference program here.

Next Week: SMR Graduate Student Conference, Music & Borders

Next weekend, March 10–11, SMR will be hosting a graduate-student conference titled “Music and Borders” right here in Ann Arbor. We will attend the UMS performance of Company Wang Ramirez’s “Borderline” as a group; our keynote speaker, Dr. Alejandro L. Madrid of Cornell University, will give a talk titled “The Importance of Being from ‘The Other Side’: Music, Estrangement, and Border Studies in the 21st Century”; and we will hear ten great presentations from graduate students around the country. If you are interested in joining us for this event, which will be hosted in the new Glenn E. Watkins lecture Hall at the School of Music, please register for the conference via the link found here, or contact arnels@umich.edu. We look forward to a weekend full of stimulating discussion on the many types of “borders” that influence music scholarship! We hope to see you there!

Image: José Bedia, “Empezando a echar raíces al otro lado (Beginning to Grow Roots on the Other Side),” 2002.

Michigan Music Research Conference

The Society for Music Research at the University of Michigan (SMR) hosted its first graduate-student conference on March 19–20, 2016. The conference honored Glenn E. Watkins, the Earl V. Moore Professor Emeritus of Music History and Musicology at the University of Michigan. Events were held in the newly-constructed lecture hall generously funded by Professor Watkins… Continue reading “Michigan Music Research Conference”