« ‘Theorizing African American Music’ highlights African American perspectives on music and music theory, perspectives that have historically been marginalized in the academic study of music in the United States. In our current environment, the situation is ripe for such perspectives to be heard. Because American music theory is deeply rooted in whiteness, African Americans have had virtually no agency in shaping how music theory, as a subdiscipline, is taught or how musical genres that are deeply rooted in African Americanism are presented. This conference intends to provide a new platform for all scholars interested in the theory and analysis of African American music. »
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