Music and Climate Change at Tulane

Local Event

Thursday, 10 November, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Dixon Recital Hall, Tulane University

New Orleans and Louisiana are being drawn into the sea—from above and from below, by hurricanes and coastal erosion, at times imperceptibly but nevertheless at an alarming rate. The moving front-line of climate change implicates all of us, but is an immediate concern in New Orleans, as part of the Greater Caribbean, where racist, colonial infrastructures designed to stave off particular environmental crises have failed dramatically, and also prepared the ground for future crises. Music scholars grappling with disciplinary challenges on the various front-lines of today are invited to attend this collaborative event, which weaves together three different engagements with music, sound, industrialization, and climate change at Tulane University in New Orleans.

The ensemble Les Cenelles will perform original music based on Black and Indigenous experiences in Louisiana, including environmental racism. The directors of the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South will situate their recent “AnthropoSonic” series and Les Cenelles within their ongoing research and place-based programs that connect the cultural with the ecological in Louisiana. And faculty in the Newcomb Department of Music will present current work on the challenges of bridging music studies and sound studies with environmental studies. The creative juxtaposition of interdisciplinary scholarly and artistic work showcases the many efforts at Tulane to understand the formations of climate change and their implications for work on music and sound. Food, drink, and transportation from the conference hotel will be provided.

The event is full and registration is closed. To be added to the waitlist, please email



Les Cenelles
Denise T. Frazier
Ana M. Ochoa Gautier
Matt Sakakeeny
Rebecca Snedeker
Lee Veeraraghavan