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Unless otherwise stated, all events take place in the Music Building, Harvard University (see Getting Around)
All events are open to the public.

Friday 20 February


Registration // 1:00pm

Session 1 // 1:30pm

The State of Work and Play

Chair: Anne Shreffler (Harvard University)
  • Symbolic Capital, Neoliberal Labor, and the Omnivore Composer
    Andrea Moore (UCLA)
  • Shaping the Subject with Sound: Homo Economicus and the ‘Affective Logic of Late Capitalism’
    Jordan Musser (Cornell)
  • Pop Will Eat Itself: Hidden Cycles of Exchange in Contemporary Sound
    Julian Day (Sydney College of Arts, University of Sydney)
Break // 3:00pm
Faculty Round Table Discussion // 3:30pm // Thompson Room, Barker Humanities Center

Ethical Concerns in Creative Economies 

Drinks Reception // 5:30pm
Light snacks will be served
Parker Quartet Concert // 8:00pm



Saturday 21 February

Breakfast // 8:30am
Session 2 // 9:00am

Negotiating Industries

Chair: Tamar Barzel (Wellesley College)
  • The ‘Resort’ Studio: Constructing Rock Musicians’ Labor as Both Work and Leisure
    Gabrielle Kielich (Carleton University)
  • Preparing for a popular music career: gendered work and imagined futures in India
    Anaar Desai-Stephens (Cornell)
  • ‘This Must Be The Single’: Valuing the Live Recording in Contemporary Gospel Performance
    Braxton Shelley (U Chicago)
Break // 10:30am
Session 3 // 10:45am

Law-Abiding Music

Chair: TBC
  • When Opera Met Film: Copyright and the Implications of Cinema
    Christy Thomas (Yale)
  • Broken Teeth and Bent Trumpets: Regulating the Labor of Early-Modern Trumpeters
    Joshua Gailey (Yale)
  • The New Deal Behind Bars: Henry Cowell, Music Reform, and the Great Depression at San Quentin
    Velia Ivanova (Columbia)
Lunch // 12:15pm
Session 4 // 1:15pm

Regulating the Body

Chair: Chris Hasty (Harvard University)
  • Across The Sonic Border (Variations on 50hz)
    Amina Abbas-Nazari (Royal College of Art, London)
  • The Failure of Bodies and Systems, Sewing the Fields
    Sivan Cohen Elias (Harvard)
Break // 2:45pm
Session 5 // 3:00pm

Mechanics of Production

Chair: Emily Dolan (Harvard University) 
  • Music Imitating Machines, Machines Imitating Humans: Industrialization and the Three Kinds of Mechanical Music
    Allison Wente (U Texas, Austin)
  • Female Labor and Video Games in the Work of Electronic Composer Laetitia Sonami
    Lucie Vágnerová (Columbia)
  • Anachronic Song? Replicating the Romanesca
    Mark Rodgers (Yale)
Break // 4:30pm
Keynote // 5:00pm

Keynote Address

Robin James

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