Past Event

New Materialist Approaches to Sound

October 19, 2019
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Columbia University Computer Music Center, 632 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027

Scholars working under the broad umbrella of New Materialism have offered compelling reappraisals of the ways in which we know, interact with, and exist in the world. This scholarship also intersects with recent work on music and sound, which raises rich sets of questions regarding human agency, material, ethics, aesthetics, embodiment, and the subject/object dichotomy, among other issues.

This one-day conference will consist of panels that comprise of papers with short reflections by a moderator, as well as an evening concert that includes opportunities for discussion. The concluding concert of work that engages with these themes from creative perspectives will afford attendees with an opportunity to consider and discuss issues concerning sound, material, and agency in a forum that contrasts with, but also complements, our events during the day. Conference participants are strongly encouraged to attend both the daytime and evening portions of the conference.

Registration is required via Eventbrite; please RSVP by October 2, 2019. Please contact one of the organizers, Marc Hannaford ([email protected]), for additional details. 


  • 8:00 AM: Breakfast and coffee begins
  • 8:45 AM: Welcome from the organizers
  • 9:00–11:00 AM: Panel 1 “Histories” 
    • Moderated by Ted Gordon
      • Presentations by: Lee Cannon-Brown, Jana Marie Perkins, Jacques Vest
  • 11:30–12:30 PM: Keynote by Nina Eidsheim
  • 12:30–1:30 PM: Break for lunch (provided)
  • 2:00–4:00 PM: Panel 2 “Theories”
    • Moderated by Miya Masaoka
      • Presentations by: Callum Blackmore, Christina Katopodis, Vivian Luong
  • 4:30–6:30 PM: Panel 3 “Identities”
    • Moderated by Eric Lewis
      • Presentations by: Amara Lawson-Chavanu, Katie J. Hickerson, Florian Walch
  • 6:30–8:00 PM: Break for dinner (self-directed)
  • 8:00 PM: Doors for performance/event
  • 8:30 PM: Performance/event
    • Moderated by Seth Cluett
      • Presentations by: Tim Bruniges, Erik DeLuca, Chris Fisher-Lochhead