An international workshop this fall at USC will explore what role music plays for individuals or groups to effectively resist genocide or other forms of mass violence, organizers said Wednesday.

The Oct. 26 “Music as Resistance to Genocide” workshop is being organized by the Center for Advanced Genocide Research at the USC Shoah Foundation in collaboration with the USC Thornton School of Music.

The forum is open to researchers of any discipline “whose work explores the Holocaust or other genocides such as the ones committed in Guatemala, Cambodia and Rwanda, as well as incidents of systematic mass violence against a minority population.”

The workshop will include paper presentations and discussions, as well as musical performances.

The center is seeking:

— case studies “on resisting individual musicians or musical groups such as orchestras or bands during genocides ranging from colonial conflicts of the 19th century to more contemporary examples”;

— analytical work on how music served as instrument of resistance;

— explorations on how music was an outlet for resistance in countries whose conflicts did not turn genocidal, such as South Africa; and

— participants to discuss music and resistance from a theoretical standpoint, drawing on resources from disciplines such as psychology, sociology, history, philosophy and anthropology.

Scholars have until March 1 to submit applications to the center.

— City News Service

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