Music, Sound, and Trauma, Indiana University, Virtual, 12-14 Feb 2021

We are pleased to announce that registration is open for the conference “Music, Sound, and Trauma Studies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives,” taking place virtually February 12-14, 2021. Hosted at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and subsidized through an IU Presidential Arts & Humanities grant, the conference is free and open to the public. This conference brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines to illuminate the current state of research on music and trauma, while also generating rich discussion of further avenues of interdisciplinary inquiry, activism, and collaboration. Featuring researchers from across the globe working at the intersections of music scholarship, sound studies, history, psychology, medical humanities, and other disciplines, this event centers on addressing three main questions:

1) How can emerging knowledge from the humanistic discipline of trauma studies shape music- and sound-oriented fields such as musicology, ethnomusicology, music education, and sound studies?

2) How might music and sound studies research that engages with trauma studies shape the landscape of research and teaching in the arts and humanities more broadly?

3) Considering the many ways in which cultural trauma and social inequality have historically been linked, how might interdisciplinary research and pedagogy at the intersections of music, sound, and trauma inform knowledge, policy, and practice geared towards social justice within and beyond the academy?

Keynote presenters include:

Maria Hamilton Abegunde (Indiana University, US)

Laura Brown (Seattle, WA, US)

Maria Cizmic (University of South Florida, US)

Lucy Dhegrae (National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY, US)

Pacifica Quartet (Indiana University, US) and Shulamit Ran (University of Chicago, US)

For more information, including program, presenter, and registration information, please visit or email musicsoundtraumaconf2021 – at – To access Zoom links for conference sessions attendees must register for the conference.

Conference Organizers: Dr. Erin Brooks (SUNY-Potsdam), Jacqueline Fortier (Indiana University), Dr. Michelle Meinhart (Trinity Laban Conservatory), and Dr. Jillian Rogers (Indiana University)