We are delighted to announce Women, Music, Power, a celebration of the work of Suzanne G. Cusick through a symposium, concert, library exhibit, and the launch of a Festschrift volume in Professor Cusick’s honor of Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture, guest-edited by Emily Wilbourne. The symposium will take place on Friday-Saturday, 11-12 December 2015 at the Jerome Greene Annex, Columbia University Law School. The concert will take place on Friday, December 11 at 7 pm at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, Columbia University, and the library exhibit is housed at the Gabe M. Wiener Music & Arts Library, Columbia University, 7 December 2015 – 29 January 2016.
Suzanne G. Cusick is an influential figure in modern musicology. Whether focused on new styles of music making in early modern Italian courts or on the soundscape of CIA black sites, Cusick’s work is concerned with questions of how music functions as a material practice, with palpable consequences for both listeners and performers. Her work repeatedly pushes beyond the resting places of traditional scholarship, redefining the ways in which we can think about music, about gender and sexuality, and about music scholarship. Women, Music, Power seeks to highlight the central themes of Cusick’s work and to explore their continued relevance to musical scholarship writ large through four panels, two roundtables, three performances, and a concert by the International Contemporary Ensemble presenting works by Zosha Di Castri, David Adamcyk, Natacha Diels, and Maria Stankova.
Women, Music, Power is organized by the Department of Music and Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Columbia University and is co-sponsored by the Department of Music and Dean for Humanities at New York University’s Faculty of Arts & Science; the Center for Ethnomusicology, Columbia University Libraries, Department of Anthropology, Department of Philosophy, the Fritz Reiner Fund, the Heyman Center for the Humanities, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, the Music Performance Program, and the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University; and the Canada Council for the Arts, Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Société et Culture, Women & Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture, and the Frederick P. Rose and Sandra P. Rose Foundation.
To register, visit http://www.womenmusicpower.com.