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Call for Papers: American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting 2022

Music & Sound Interest Group: Music, Sound, and Multimodality

This session is part of the American Anthropological Association’s Music and Sound Interest Group (MSIG). In the spirit of unsettling landscapes, MSIG invites you to consider how multimodality, the simultaneous presence and use of multiple semiotic modes (e.g., visual, aural, textual), can enhance our understanding and experiences of music and sound.Multimodality has become an increasingly relevant in anthropological research; it shapes our theories, methods, and ethical engagements (e.g., Collins, Durington, and Gill 2017; Pink 2011). Scholars interested in music have long considered how aural, visual, and linguistic signs jointly contribute to the production of meaning and value (e.g., Carodos 2019; Dent 2009; Hebdige 1979, 1987; Fox 2004; Jacobsen 2017; Samuels 2004; Shipley 2013). However, focusing specifically on multimodality can offer new ways to interrogate how various forms of power and ideologies are articulated, including colonialism, neoliberalism, and racial capitalism, to name but a few (Rosa 2019; Shankar 2015; Welcome and Thomas 2021). We encourage those who are in interested in sound and music to consider and critique multimodality in order to better understand the literal and figurative landscapes that we take for granted. How can focusing on multimodality shift our analyses of music and sound? In what ways can such a focus help us to not only better describe the world but to also foster more interdisciplinary conversations? To what extent can multimodal theories and methods help us to unsettle the power structures and norms that limit the scope of our research while generating more inclusive and, potentially, influential insights?

MSIG will be accepting proposals for a panel (perhaps you have one in formation) or for individual presentations that we will then organize into a panel for the 2022 AAAs in November. We welcome discussions about multimodality as theory, but also presentations that consider how one might empirically approach multimodality and offer practical strategies for doing so. Appropriately, we are open to either modality (virtual or in-person), keeping in mind that the AAA requires panels to be organized through only one of those formats.

Please send proposals to Falina Enriquez (fenriquez2@wisc.edu) with the subject line: MSIG proposal.

We will be accepting proposals until Wednesday, March 23.

Past Events

Anthropology of Sound Forum (Washington, DC 2016)

Ethnographic Terminalia (San Francisco, 2012)

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