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Southern Graduate Music Research Symposium

13th Annual Southern Graduate Music Research Symposium

Hosted by the University of Georgia
October 14th, 2023
Edge Recital Hall



  • 9:00-9:05 Opening Remarks


  • 9:05-10:35 Session 1: Intertextual Connections in Film and Theatre

    • Chair: Dr. Adrian Childs


    • Kayleigh Bagley (University of Florida)

      The Grotesque and the Ethereal: "Orinoco Flow" in David Fincher's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo


    • Rose Mack (Florida State University)

      “Vision of Now:” Head Over Heels and the Queerness of Jukebox Musicals


    • Amelia Rivers (Florida State University)

      “Witness to a Spectacle:” the Afro-futurist, Western Soundscape of Nope


  • 10:35-10:45 Coffee Break


  • 10:45-12:45 Session 2: Music as Resistance and Reclamation

    • Chair: Dr. Rumya Putcha


      Abigail Popwell (University of Georgia)

      How Calypso became the Pioneer for Colonial Emancipation in Trinidad


      Cody Case (University of Florida

      Drumming in the Breaks of Samba-Afro: Bloco Afro Ilê Aiyê and Resistência Negra in Salvador, Brazil


      Winnie Wangari Mburu (University of Georgia)

      Incorporating Native Music and Instructional Methods in the Kenyan Music Curriculum


      Emma Jensen (Florida State University)

      “No, Mama Cass Did Not Choke to Death on a Ham Sandwich”: Fatphobia in Sensational Posthumous Narratives of US Popular Musicians  


  • 12:45-2:30 Lunch Break


  • 2:30-3:30 Keynote Address

    • Dr. Joshua Busman (University of North Carolina)

      Spotify Thy Name; or, Worshipping in the Age of Playlists


  • 3:45-5:00 Session 3: Modern Musings

    • Chair: Dr. David Haas


    • Sydney Elise Passmore (University of Georgia)

    • Requiem for the Enslaved by Carlos Simon


    • Samantha Cauthorn (University of Georgia)

    • Spirituality and Postmodernism: An Exploration of Kunstreligion in Arvo Pärt’s Symphony No. 4: Los Angeles


Read the Abstracts Here





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