The Ecocriticism Study Group

of the American Musicological Society

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A Brief History…

The establishment of the ESG came about after a number of intellectual exchanges over a five-year period, although scholarly and popular interest in the connections between music, culture and nature had been developing well before that time. Dialogue began at the panel “Musical Landscapes and Ecologies” held at the AMS Annual Meeting in Columbus, OH (2002).  By 2004, interested parties held an informal breakfast discussion at the AMS Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA.  The following year at the AMS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., an evening panel discussion took place.  There followed involvement in a 2006 Symposium titled “Music and Nature” co-sponsored by the Society for New Music and held at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY; in 2007, some AMS (and future ESG) members held a panel entitled “Ecocritical Developments in Musicology” at the Seventh Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) at Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC.  Finally, the newly-formed “Ecocriticism Interest Group” held an evening discussion session at the Quebec City, Canada, AMS Annual Meeting, during which the Board of the AMS approved the Interest Group’s proposal to become a full-fledged Study Group in November 2007.

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