Welcome to Music and Sound Studies
at the University of Minnesota!
The Music and Sound Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Group aims to provide a space for the study of fields that fall outside of traditional music studies (that is, historical musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, and music education), particularly those of interest to graduate students investigating acoustic phenomena at the University of Minnesota. Emerging or growing fields of interest include, but are by no means limited to, sound studies, popular music studies, neurocognition of music, and critical/cultural theory and philosophy of music. Our main activities include organizing a series of speakers and coordinating a reading group relevant to that series. All of our events are open to any interested students, faculty, and community members.
Our group began as an initiative through the Institute for Advanced Study
in 2008-2009, led by Prof. Sumanth Gopinath
. Read more about our first year here
. 2009-2011, we continued as an interdisciplinary group led by a team of graduate students and sponsored by a stipend from the Office of Interdisciplinary Initiatives
. As a registered student organization
, we received grants from the University of Minnesota's Student Unions & Activities (SUA
) for the 2011-2012 year. 2012-2014, we rejoined our initial funder, the Institute for Advanced Study
. Read their blog about us here
Check back soon for announcements about the 2014-2015 year!
See a full calendar of our events: http://tinyurl.com/MSScalendar
Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/UMNMSS
Join our Google Group
to receive periodic e-mail announcements.
for music and sound studies in our ever-expanding database.
There are no upcoming events scheduled at this time. Check back soon!
In the meantime, peruse our archive here
Follow the links below to browse chronologically or alphabetically. Click the title of the presentation to read an abstract or to watch a video of the presentation.
, Fall 2013
, Spring 2013
, Fall 2012
, Spring 2012
, Fall 2011
, Spring 2011
, Fall 2010
, Spring 2010
, Fall 2009
, Spring 2009
, Fall 2008
Alphabetical listing of all speakers
Solveig Mebust (email@example.com
Etha Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack Vishneski (email@example.com
Colleen Bertsch (firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellie Boisjoli (email@example.com
Lars Christensen (firstname.lastname@example.org
Joey Crane (email@example.com
Justin Schell (firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Schmidt (email@example.com
Laura Schmitz (firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Senchina (email@example.com
We welcome new members! If you like, you can add your name here.
Music and Sound Studies has built (and continues to build), a diverse community of people who are interested in acoustic phenomena. Both students and professors affiliated with the University of Minnesota have presented their research in our series (including representatives from Cultural Studies
, and Psychology
). Many of our events take place within the School of Music, and we have co-sponsored events with other U of M departments, including the Center for Cognitive Sciences
, the Center for Jewish Studies
, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese
, the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA
), the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS
), the Office of Interdisiplinary Initiatives (OII
, Student Unions & Activities (SUA
), and the University of Minnesota Press
, as well as the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
and the Composer's Federal Credit Union and Gardening Club
. We have invited speakers from nearby colleges and universities, and in 2010, we co-sponsored an event with Macalester College. On a national scale, we have heard speakers from L.A. to Boston and from Austin to Minneapolis. A small number of international guest speakers have also been featured in our series (including representatives from McGill University, Université de Montréal, Universität Potsdam, Universität Giessen, University of Alberta, University of Leeds, and the University of New England). For a complete list of our invited guests, click here
At least two University of Minnesota courses have used our series as part of their curriculum (see Sonic Ecology
and Ringtone Culture