Welcome to Music & Politics in the Moment!

Music & Politics in the Moment is designed as an excursus to Music & Politics and is edited and curated by graduate students in historical musicology, ethnomusicology, and music theory at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor. M&PITM has a particular emphasis on present-day politics; our areas of interest include, but are not limited to, “the impact of politics on the lives of musicians and musical communities, music as a form of political discourse, the influences of ideology on musical historiography, and pedagogical issues and strategies pertaining to the study of music and politics in the classroom.”

Created in 2020 in response to the constantly changing social and political environment we find ourselves in today, M&PITM addresses pressing contemporary issues in a format that allows for an efficient publication process. M&PITM negotiates the dual issues of accessibility in academia and the need for a timely avenue for critical conversation by taking the form of an entirely web-based journal that can be accessed free of charge by any online visitor.

Biannually, we release a carefully selected collection of short, non-peer-reviewed articles centered around a specific theme relevant to current social, political, or cultural events. Additionally, we have an open blog for which we accept submissions on a rolling basis. These blog posts are related to the topic of M&PITM more broadly. Both forms of submission are reviewed by our board of editors, which includes graduate students and selected affiliated scholars, though the review process is more rigorous for the biannual collections.

In creating this living archive, where we endeavor to preserve the importance and function of music in a turbulent and divisive era, we hope this website provides insight into the ways music scholarship can navigate complex issues of power, resistance, protest, race, class, gender, sexuality, ideology, and identity.

Thank you for sharing your time and thoughts with us!

—The Music & Politics in the Moment team