CFP: Music and Ethics

Submission deadline: March 1, 2024

Conference date(s):
May 17, 2024 - May 19, 2024

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Conference Venue:

School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, United States

Topic areas


Music and ethics each draw on capacities (e.g., intentionality, empathy, agency) which are older and deeper than the theoretical frameworks which account for them, older even than language itself.

Can parallels be drawn between music and ethics? Do music and ethics have a common root? Or are they atleast intertwined in some way?

This workshop aims to draw connections between music and ethics, especially in terms of pre- linguistic cognition. Topics which might include:

  • The experience of temporality and rhythm
  • Bodily aspects of music and of social interaction generally, including gesture
  • Music and ethics as structuring interpersonal relationships
  • The role of rehearsal in gaining musical and ethical capabilities

Interdisciplinary contributions are welcome, including perspectives from philosophy, cognitive science, musicology, psychology, anthropology, archaeology, neurology, and other related fields.

We invite submissions of abstracts on topics related to music and ethics. Abstracts must be anonymizedand no longer than 300 words.

The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2024. Please send yourabstract to music- [email protected]. In the body of the message indicate your name and institutional affiliation.

We encourage submissions from graduate students and early career researchers, and funding may be available to support their participation in the workshop.

Full papers are to be submitted by May 1, 2024, for distribution to workshop participants. During the workshop, presentations should be brief and predicated on the assumption that participants have already read the paper itself. Emphasis should then be on discussion.

The event is organized by Robert Kirkman (School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology) and Rachel Elliott (Department of Philosophy, CUNY - College of Staten Island). Please contact the organizers if you require further information.

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