Plenary conference, 24-26 June 2022

The Annual Plenary Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (SMI) in 2022 will take place on 24-26 June, hosted by the Department of Music, University College Cork. The broad range of papers represents many areas of music, including composition, ethnomusicology, music theory and analysis, musicology, performance, popular music studies, music education, and sonic arts. Especially welcome are the participation of international colleagues, presenters from marginalised groups, and submissions from postgraduate students, early career researchers and music industry specialists.

Due to the ongoing uncertainty of international travel and the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in Ireland, this year’s plenary conference will be held online. The keynote address will be delivered by Shana L. Redmond, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity & Race, Columbia University.

Further updates about the conference, and registration, will be posted here when available.

Updates, 17 June:
(1) Registration for the conference is now open. Book and pay through Eventbrite.
(2) The title and abstract of the keynote paper are given below.

Updates, 8 June:
(1) See a special welcome letter from the conference committee for those intending to participate in the conference.
(2) A provisional version of the conference programme is now available here.

The title and abstract of Professor Redmond's keynote paper are: Dark Prelude: Listening to Minoritized Life. Contemporary popular media coverage can easily lead one to believe that blackness is only knowable by violation or absence. Force becomes a complete event--too often taking life and, along with it, any meaningful understanding of who and what was lost. In advance of violence are lives that reveal themselves in myriad ways but perhaps none so intimate and sustained as musical play. This keynote is interested in how minoritized communities live before mourning. What do we hear before everything goes silent? Musical play is robustly displayed in Black homes and cars--the two principal sites of state intrusion--and reveals listening and curation as infrapolitical modalities of minoritized life. Here I will eavesdrop on vulnerable spaces and recreate the aliveness (Quashie) of people gone too soon.

The programme committee for the conference is:
Emily Gale (Conference Chair, UCC)
Alexander Khalil (UCC)
Michelle Finnerty (UCC)
John O’Flynn (DCU, SMI President)
Ann Marie Hanlon (Dundalk Institute of Technology)
Michael Puri (University of Virginia)