Back to school has taken its predictable toll on my free time, but two new arrivals in my inbox have brought me back to the blog.
- American Quarterly, the flagship academic journal of American studies, has a new special issue out entitled “Sound Clash: Listening to American Studies,” edited by Kara Keeling and Josh Kun. Table of Contents and full text here (subscription site). Sound supplement here (open access). Nothing directly on queer studies, at least from a quick glance at the titles, but the first section on sound and subjectivity looks, oops, sounds promising.
- A new open access journal of music studies from France, Transposition, kindly sent me there call for a special issue on “Music and Queer Theory.” Here is the call. The deadline is March 31st, 2012. I am very likely to submit something, as I am quite interested in how queer theory translates and transforms across linguistic and national boundaries. Submissions can be in French or English.
In other news, I am very much looking forward to taking part in a working group at NYU on Theorizing Sound Writing, led by my colleagues Deborah Kapchan and Jason Stanyek. The first meeting is next Friday, and we are to each bring a sample of writing about sound we find particularly provocative. I am hoping to bring something from the AQ issue or from this:
- Karen Tongson, Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries (NYU Press, 2011). It’s hot off the press, and has a lot of beautiful writing about sound, music, and space.
Last, but certainly not least, I am very excited that the EMP Pop Conference (we are no longer allowed to spell EMP out as “Experience Music Project” for some reason) is coming to NYU for the first time next March. The theme is Sounds of the City, and the full call is here. I like EMP Pop because the event is free to the public (with registration) and draws a mix of academics, journalists, musicians and fans in a non-business oriented setting. Very different from either a music industry oriented event or an academic conference, although inevitably people more used to one grouse that EMP is too much like the other.
I am part of a group that is working on a call for EMP Pop proposals specific to gender, race and sexuality diversity, which can be found here: Turn it up! Listening to Difference. The deadline for that call is very soon, October 15th, 2011. Those accepted go into our proposal for the conference, and in case any one isn’t, they can still automatically be considered in the general pool of applications, due a month later on November 15th.