Disability Studies and Music Education Symposium


The James Madison University Center for Inclusive Music Engagement in partnership with the JMU Office of Disability Services will host the "Disability Studies and Music Education Symposium" on Saturday, March 30th. This symposium--the first of its kind--will afford researcher-practitioners chances to share their disability studies-related work and to discuss potential uses of disability studies theorization for their future scholarship and teaching. The symposium will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Alex Lubet of the University of Minnesota, a pioneering researcher in disability studies in music. Music education scholars using disability studies frames will share their work including Dr. Adam Patrick Bell (University of Calgary, Canada), Dr. Elizabeth Cassidy Parker (Temple University, U.S.) sharing her work with Dr. Bridget Sweet (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.), Dr. Warren Churchill (NYU Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), and Dr. Jesse Rathgeber (James Madison University, U.S.). In addition, attendees will take part in facilitated discussions in order to develop projects to explore additional uses of disability studies literature and theories in music education research and practice. The symposium will take place from 9 AM until 4 PM and will be located physically in Lakeview Hall 1165 and digitally via WebEx. The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration by March 29 is required: https://goo.gl/EFBgu5

JMU Office of Access and Inclusion and Cross Disciplinary Studies and Diversity Engagement co-sponsor this event to offer ASL Interpretation throughout.