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Music, Conflict and Politics of Identity

The School of Arts at McMaster University invites submissions for a volume of essays that examines the role of music in geopolitical conflict, both historical and contemporary, including wars, revolutions, protests, genocides, and the post 9/11 "war on terror". Aiming to focus on how music may direct and contribute to conflict and how individuals or groups utilize it when coping with, responding to, and/or resolving geopolitical conflict and the injury suffered therefrom, essays are sought that engage with issues related to identity, including individual, group, national, or transnational identity, as well as topics that explore musical nostalgia, cultural memory, fear, precarity and trauma. All perspectives and methodologies are welcome.

McMaster University hopes to include essays that examine music and conflict vis-à-vis live performance, institutions (war museums, war memorials, etc.), film, television, radio, and the Internet. Authors and topics from a diverse range of ethnic, cultural and national viewpoints will be included.

500-word abstracts should be sent by 31 May 2007 to Susan Fast at fastfs@mcmaster.ca. Complete essays by December 2007.

Contact information: Susan Fast, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Music, School of the Arts, McMaster University, 1280 Main St. W, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4M2; tel.:(905) 525-9140 ext. 23670; e-mail: fastfs@mcmaster.ca