Sonic Contestations of Nuclear Power Conference

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
October 22-23, 2015

Over the last fifteen years, the growth of musicological scholarship on the Cold War, sound studies, and ethnomusicological accounts of violence and protest have formed a robust intellectual platform from which sound-based scholarship on the nuclear phenomenon can dialogue with extant literature from the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Furthermore, the expansion of nuclear power and weapons—not only during the Cold War, but also recently in Asia, the Middle East, and other regions— has inspired musicians to write pieces protesting these developments or engage in debate. In this conference, we plan to bring together critical approaches to the pervasive sonorousness of the nuclear phenomenon—from historical reconstructions of the soundscapes of United States’ uranium mines to present-day antinuclear protests worldwide in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi accident. We are including work that covers different historical moments, geographical regions, and conceptions of sound, music, media, and performance. We also include the voices of practicing musicians. Part of a project toward a collection of essays, the conference aims to extend existing conversations in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences on the networks of power surrounding the nuclear debate.

For more information about this conference, please contact Jessica Schwartz (schwartz at humnet dot ucla dot edu) or Noriko Manabe (nmanabe at princeton dot edu).

Non-speakers planning to attend the conference are requested to register in advance here.

This conference has been made possible by a generous grant from the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University.