« It has been more than two years now since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. The world has since witnessed multiple turns in the progression of the virus in terms of deaths, containment, prevention, and treatment. At the same time, the ensuing political, sociocultural, and economic fallouts have continued to inform our current experience of the disease that has now arguably become endemic. As we have seen, the pandemic has been, on one hand, highly disruptive to musical production. On the other, it has generated creative musical activities and responses, harnessing technologies both old and new.
This symposium is meant to bring together scholars from around the world who study music from multi-disciplinary perspectives—including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, anthropology, sociology, psychology, neuroscience, religion, theatre, dance studies, and more—to reflect on the nature of musical activity in times of medical crisis, through the prism of our recent experiences. Papers may pertain to any epidemic, current or historical, from around the world. »
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