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Music and Torture in the War on Terror: Musicology, Media and Censorship Effects | Suzanne G. Cusick,

New York University with an introduction by Jonathan Sterne, McGill University

Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. Schulich School of Music, room C-201, 555 Sherbrooke Street West

Within the context of Media@McGill’s current program on Media, War and Conflict, Suzanne G. Cusick, Professor of Music at New York University, will address the treatment of music torture in the U.S. entertainment media, as well as the profound epistemological challenge that music torture presents to the disciplinary habits of musicology. Cusick’s talk will survey and interrogate the ways that public debate about "music torture" has been stifled by the convergence of forces that produce a censorship effect independent of state enforcement.

In 2007, Cusick’s research on the use of noise, music and "gender coercion" in the detention and interrogation of prisoners held during the twenty-first-century's "war on terror" was awarded the Philip Brett Award given by the LGBTQ Study Group of the American Musicological Society. She has also published extensively on the subject of gender and sexuality in relation to the musical cultures of early modern Italy and of contemporary North America.