Sonic Doom: Decay, Disease & Destruction in Music – 2010 Echo Conference Call For Papers

March 5, 2010 at 10:08 am 2 comments

Call For Papers

2010 Echo Conference – Sonic Doom: Decay, Disease & Destruction in Music

June 4-5, 2010

Submission deadline: March 29, 2010

University of California, Los Angeles

Sonic Doom: Decay, Disease & Destruction in Music

Keynote Speaker: Mitchell Morris

University of California, Los Angeles

From the Requiem mass to death metal; from music of mourning to music of torture, music has long been used as a means of evoking, communicating, and sometimes creating decay, disease and destruction.  Music has been used in contexts of mourning as well as celebration; it can represent otherwise illegible states of sublimity and pain, and functions as a means of representing, mediating, and understanding violence and loss.  The many possible avenues of inquiry include investigations of violence, death, and disease in music, the destructive or restorative possibilities of sound, the effects of music and sound on the body, and questions of decadence and decay.  We invite you to join us in opening new dialogues on the darker side of musical and sonic culture.

Echo: a music-centered journal is pleased to announce its fifth annual conference, “Sonic Doom: Decay, Disease & Destruction in Music,” to be held at UCLA on June 4-5, 2010.  Scholars from all disciplinary and methodological backgrounds are invited to submit proposals for papers on this theme.  Proposals for pre-arranged panels of two or three papers are also welcome, (although individual papers from panel submissions might be selected separately). Papers will each be twenty minutes long (around 2400 words) followed by ten minutes for discussion.

Individual presenters should submit an abstract of 300 words or less, and should also include: 1) the paper title; 2) the author’s name and a brief biography (50-100 words); 3) institutional affiliation and contact information; 4) audio-visual requirements. Panel chairs should include all of the above for each member of the panel, as well as a separate, more general description of the panel’s overall theme (200-250 words). Submissions must be received by March 29th and may be sent electronically to (please put “Echo Conference Submission” and your last name in the subject line). Files must be saved in .doc format, and must include your last name in the file name.

Alternatively, print submissions may be sent to:

Echo: a music-centered journal
Attn: Alexandra Grabarchuk
Department of Musicology
University of California, Los Angeles
2443 Schoenberg Music Building
Box 951623
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1623

Echo: a music-centered journal is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal created and edited by graduate students in the Department of Musicology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Since our first issue in fall of 1999, we have published regularly and welcome submissions and project proposals throughout the year. Echo is an entirely web-based journal, and can be accessed free of charge by any online visitor. All issues can be found at

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  • 1. william english  |  June 1, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I present a weekly programme on Resonance 104.4FM, London’s first radio arts station. During July I am doing a series of programmes about auto-destructive art and would like to see/hear about your forthcoming conference. Can I get a written transcript and/or a copy of the journal?

  • 2. william english  |  July 17, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Has this been postponed? Is there anyone there?


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