CFP: Tech Wars: The Social and Aesthetic Dimensions of New Media Innovation

SCMS conference panel
deadline: 7/31/13

full name / name of organization: 
Aviva Dove-Viebahn
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Tech Wars: The Social and Aesthetic Dimensions of New Media Innovation

Google Glass promises a seamless integration of the best aspects of mobile technology with our daily lives. Blogs and micro-blogs allow us to record everything from our most profound thoughts to minutiae for the entertainment of a potential audience of millions. Video game consoles trend more and more towards virtual reality. The proliferation of social media networks and the social pressure to “belong” speak to our ostensible ever-growing desire for increased connectivity. Tech-related advertisements, from campaigns for computers and tablets to the promotion of specific internet browsers and email servers, anthropomorphize products or capitalize on tech rivalries to garner users.

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Call for Papers

“Teaching With New Media”

A panel to be proposed for the 2014 Society for American Music national conference
March 5–9, 2014
Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square (Lancaster, PA)
DEADLINE for abstracts: May 29, 2013
SEND ABSTRACTS TO: Jessica Getman (jgetman AT umich DOT edu)


New Media is an evolving group of online creative practices that rely upon the interplay of technology, visual arts, and sound. It is by nature dynamic and accessible, interactive and participatory, encouraging collaboration and the wide exchange of ideas. In the past decade, technological innovations such as YouTube, Facebook, Skype, and Spotify have changed the structure and pace of global society by encouraging and facilitating an interconnected world. This has had an impact on post-secondary education: on what students expect from university courses and their professors, and on the ways professors approach pedagogy. Though music is entwined in this New Media world, and though New Media promises to provide effective tools for music pedagogy, its presence in the discourse and practice of the instruction of American music is still rather limited. With all of this new and continuously developing software at our disposal and the ways it promises to benefit the learning environment, professors—and especially professors in a field as media-friendly and media-dependent as musicology—must come to terms with its possibilities.

This panel considers how to effectively incorporate New Media as a pedagogical tool in the classroom and what role it can play in the music and music history context. In what ways can we use the tools to stimulate discovery, collaboration, participatory learning, and critical thinking? What risks are inherent in the application of new and changing New Media software? How can such barriers, or should such barriers, be overcome? Through the sharing of real-world classroom applications and experiences, this panel aims to stimulate conversation about the utility of New Media in post-secondary musicological pedagogy.

Panel organizers Dr. Paula Bishop (Bridgewater State University) and Jessica Getman (University of Michigan) welcome papers that address this topic from a broad range of perspectives. Some possibilities:

  • Blogging, vlogging, and podcasting as an online, low-stakes area in which to shape ideas and practice communication.
  • Social media and multiple modes of communication.
  • Online music- and video-sharing sites and the exchange of interests as an educational tool.
  • Hands-on media projects created with easily accessible editing software.
  • Collaborative technology and musical creativity.
  • Media course facilitation via course management software.
  • Massive Open Online Classes (MOOCs) about music or musical media.
  • Flipped classrooms and activities.
  • Active learning and diverse learning styles.
  • Issues of copyright and fair use in New Media teaching strategies.
  • Personal experiences in teaching with New Media in music courses.

The Society for American Music requests individual paper proposals of 250 words, in addition to a shorter abstract of 100 words. If you are interested in participating in this panel proposal, please send these two versions of your abstract by e-mail to Jessica Getman by May 29, 2013:

Jessica Getman
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
jgetman AT umich DOT edu

We will notify you of whether your abstract will be submitted as part of the proposal by June 1, 2013, and will submit the entire panel proposal by June 3, 2013.

Please also feel free to email Jessica (and/or Paula at pjbishop AT comcast DOT net) if you would like you discuss your interest.