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As Chair of the Scholars for Social Responsibility Interest Group of the Society for Music Theory, I’ve been feeling an obligation to make a public statement on SMT-Discuss since the US election results were announced on November 8. Regardless of political views or nationality, this event has drawn reaction from people around the world. As I’m sure many of you can attest, academia has not been immune to such reactions.
In conversation with members of the Scholars for Social Responsibility IG on our email list, I have heard responses including:
Members also shared non-partisan resources related to teaching in times of crisis (applicable to any number of regional, national, and global events), including:
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning resources on teaching in times of crisis:
Philip Bohlman. 1993. “Musicology as Political Act.” The Journal of Musicology 11/4 (Autumn): 411-436.
If you are feeling affinity with any of the above, I encourage you to join our mailing list. We are still growing our membership, and would welcome additional voices as we shape the aim of this interest group. Further, please be aware that this is a non-partisan list, open to all political views (including apolitical views); the US election is one of many topics related to social responsibility that this group might explore, depending on the interests of members. Finally, watch for a session at our 2017 meeting on “The Activist Scholar’s Toolkit”—I’m sure we’ll still have plenty to talk about by then.
Chair, Scholars for Social Responsibility Interest Group