New Music and Social Justice Series by University of Michigan Press to be Co-Edited by Dartmouth Assistant Professor of Music William Cheng

Music and Social Justice Series

Oct. 12, 2017 – From Plato to Public Enemy, people have debated the relationship between music and justice. To explore how music and musicians help make and unmake worlds, nations, communities, and bodies, University of Michigan Press is creating a new series called Music and Social Justice, for which a call for projects has just been issued. 

Writers are invited to shine new light on familiar subjects such as protest songs, humanitarian artists, war and peace, community formation, cultural diplomacy, globalization, and political resistance through monographs, edited volumes, graphic novels, multimedia formats, and alternative modes of scholarly-creative endeavor. 

William Cheng, Assistant Professor of Music at Dartmouth College, and Andrew Dell’Antonio, Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas-Austin, will serve as co-editors of Music and Social Justice. More details can be found on the project’s website. 

At Dartmouth, Cheng teaches courses in history, media, ethics, disability, race, and digital games. His “current research explores how people’s spoken and unspoken judgments of others’ artistic, musical, and rhetorical abilities give rise to just versus unjust social relations (veneration, exoneration, violence).” His publications include: Sound Play: Video Games and the Musical Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2014) and the award-winning, Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good(University of Michigan Press, 2016), and he has written numerous journal articles and op-eds on a range of music-related topics. 

Cheng (@willxcheng) is available to discuss the new series, and could also comment on music and social justice issues, more broadly. He can be reached at: