Music & Art Research Symposium

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The 2018 Music & Art Research Symposium will take place on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music and Lamar Dodd School of Art. This day-long student-run symposium will include research presentations and performances related to music and/or art by graduate and advanced undergraduate students, as well as a small exhibition in the atrium of HHSOM. The research papers and performances will be presented in four sessions beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Edge Recital Hall.


Edge Hall, HHSOM
9:30-10:45 Interdisciplinary Inspiration 

Caroline Owen, “Claude Debussy and the Arts of Exoticism: Japanese Art and ‘Pagodes’”

Matthew Burkhalter, “Black Sorrow Songs on White Canvas: Lamar Baker’s Ezekiel Saw the Wheel and Southern Vernacular Religion”

Alison Redman, “Magical and Mysterious Resonances: Circularity in E. T. A. Hoffmann’s Kreisler Works and Robert Schumann’s Kreisleriana


11:00-12:15 Transforming Perception

Kathryn O’Shaughnessy, “Awakening the Injured Brain: Music as a Healing Tool for Traumatic Brain Injury”

Mallory Lind, “Heterotopia in the Art Museum: An Exploration of Different Spaces in Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête

Shelby Marquardt, “And Andrey Isn’t Here: The Problem of Adapting War and Peace for the Stage Without the War”



12:30-1:45 Lunch Break & Fixed Media Installation (Dancz Center for New Music, HHSOM 264)

Andres R. Luz, Premonitions, Landscape at Twilight for fixed media, op. 12”



Room S150, LDSOA
2:00-3:15 Language and Authorship

Kwanza Williams, “Erykah Badu: A Mix of Music and Auteurism”

Quintina Carter-Ényì, “The Language Agenda in Post-Colonial African Music”

Cameron Steuart, “Rediscovering the Music of Signora Corilla”

3:30-4:45 Allegory and Symbolism

Megan Neely, “Artistic Apotheosis: The Allegory of Titan’s Flaying of Marsyas

Joshua C. Johnson, “Power and Purity: Maternal Authority in the Virgins of Leonardo and Michelangelo”

Usha Rahn, “Chinese Porcelain in Still-life Paintings of the Dutch Golden Age”


Room S150, LDSOA
5:00-6:00 Keynote Presentation, “Mapping Black Music in Modernity”

Dr. David Garcia, Associate Professor of Music, UNC at Chapel Hill


The Annual Music & Art Research Symposium is supported by the Musicology/Ethnomusicology Area of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music and the Art History Area of the Lamar Dodd School of Art.