Midwest Graduate Music Consortium

2021: Timely Conversations

The 25th annual meeting of the Midwest Graduate Music Consortium (MGMC) will be held virtually by the Society for Music Research at the University of Michigan on April 10–11, 2021 and will include paper sessions, a new music concert, and a keynote address by Dr. Shana L. Redmond.

MGMC 2021 seeks to showcase “Timely Conversations,” focusing on scholarship and new music produced in response to the varied conversations that have taken place over the past year about racial injustice, inequality, and the effects of a global pandemic on universities, research, and societies—all of which raise questions about accessibility, prejudice, and power dynamics in our work. This research may include topics such as, but not limited to, institutional and humanitarian crises; music during social upheaval; accessibility in music scholarship and pedagogy; diversifying the music syllabus; the effects of social distancing on research, performing, and teaching; and thinking about the way music scholarship and pedagogy engages with race and other identities. It is our hope that the timely conversations we have at MGMC 2021 will stimulate productive conversation among attendees and serve as a tipping point for the future of music scholarship.

This year’s keynote speaker, Shana L. Redmond, is a public-facing scholar and the author of Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora (NYU 2014) and Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson (Duke 2020). In 2019 she contributed the critical liner essay to the vinyl soundtrack release for Jordan Peele’s film Us (Waxwork Records 2019). She is Professor of Musicology, Global Jazz Studies, and African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

If you have any questions about MGMC 2021, please email MidwestGraduateMusicConsortium@gmail.com.

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