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Call for Abstracts
Meeting Title: 
Musicking Equity: Enacting social justice through music education - New Directions in Music Education
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Date(s) of Meeting:
February 16-18, 2017
In a world filled with violence targeted at groups who embody difference, a world where police brutality increases daily, a world where gun violence is out of control, and climate change threatens the world as we know it, we might ask, as music educators, what role music education can play in resistance, in activism. What does critical engagement as scholars, music educators, artists, and activists mean? At a time when death, injury, danger, poverty, and destitution are routine, how can music education matter? The ongoing critique of the so-called “Ivory Tower” and the continual separation of theory and practice challenge the relevance of music education scholarship within this tumultuous global context. While boundaries continue to be drawn between disciplines, between education contexts, and between activists, this conference aims to explore the ways in which music, as a uniquely human activity, and music education might take a place on the continuum of resistance to injustices.

The 2017 New Directions Conference focuses on the existential questions for music education: “Why are we here?” and perhaps more importantly, “To what end?” Interdisciplinary submissions in a variety of formats are welcome. The theme is an invitation to reflect on how music education might matter in the larger context.

Types of Submissions Sought:
Submissions may include, but are not limited to:
  • Paper presentations: Individual paper presentations will be organized into sessions, related by topic area and assigned a discussant. (20 min.)
  • Panels: Panels may be pre-constituted and include 3-4 individuals including a moderator, plus a possible discussant. (40 min.)
  • Poster: Posters will display on-going research, service, advocacy, or activist projects.
  • Workshop: A facilitated activity involving 1 or more presenters. (50 min.)
  • Facilitated Discussion: Discussion with a set topic and a moderator. (50 min.)
  • Musicking: Musicking experiences/facilitations/performances that address the conference theme through a range of media. Submissions could include audio or video recordings if appropriate.
  • Participants are encouraged to propose alternative presentation formats to those mentioned above.
Topics Sought:
Questions that animate the conference theme include, but are not limited to:
  • How might we engage in music education toward social, economic, and/or environmental justice?
  • What role does activism have in music education?
  • How can we engage in music education in a way that addresses broader local and global contexts?
  • What might music education contribute to activism and to resistance movements?
  • How can music educators recognize and honor the identities of students and co-learners?
  • How can music education address the gap between theory and practice?
  • How can music education address issues faced by marginalized populations in society?
  • What policies might help position music education as central to justice education?
Submission Information:
Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words to Juliet Hess at by September 15, 2016. Panel proposals require an abstract describing both the panel and the individual papers. For discussions, describe how the time will be utilized and the topic facilitated. Workshop presenters should address methodology, pedagogy, and desired learning outcomes in their submission. Musicking proposals must connect their work to the conference theme and briefly describe the optimal setting for their work. Conference notifications will be sent out by the end of October 2016.

Papers will be selected through anonymous peer review by the New Directions Editorial Board. Please observe the following procedures to enable the review process:

1) Attach a short biographical note of 50 words on a separate page.
2) Please include your name, institution, abstract, title of session, list of participants (if applicable), and e-mail with your submission.
3) Do not include your name on the same page as the abstract.
4) Type “New Directions 2017 Abstract” in the subject line of your email.

All welcome! Information on accessibility and accommodation available. Please contact Juliet Hess at  
Deadline for Submissions:
Abstracts are due September 15, 2016. Notifications will be sent out by the end of October 2016.
Meeting URL:
Conference website currently under construction. For further information, please contact the music education faculty at Michigan State University.

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Juliet Hess ( – Conference Coordinator
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