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Call for Writers! Singing for Survival: Using Music to Survive Trauma & Oppression

April 13, 2010

Gender Across Borders is planning a series about the use of music as a means of survival to run in mid-May. The deadline to submit articles for the series has been extended to May 7.

Music can be used to entertain and to explain. It can be used to foment revolution and to inspire social change. But it can also be used as a means of survival. In situations where people feel trapped, isolated or hopeless, singing and other forms of musical expression can be a way to maintain a sense of humanity and to overcome life-threatening situations. After the earthquake in Haiti, aid workers reported seeing women singing through painful operations. Throughout history, women have sung during protest marches to deal with the threat of police violence. These are only a few examples of the use of music during difficult times. The topic of this series is intentionally broad, since there are a wide variety of situations in which music can be used as a means of survival and a way to gather personal strength.

Anyone interested in issues of social justice, gender, race oppression and trauma is welcome to submit articles to the series. A broad range of material is welcome, from personal narratives to academic essays to profiles that focus on particular people or events. Articles can focus on the United States or on other countries. Before submitting, please familiarize yourself with Gender Across Borders and the general style and themes that appear on the blog!

To apply, please submit your article (300 – 1500 words) along with a résumé or short summary of interests and experience to Amy at Articles should include relevant links that provide additional information and an image or video to run with the entry. No prior experience with blogging or professional writing is necessary.

Decisions will be made by May 9, and all contributors must be available via email the following week and a half to participate in the editing and uploading process. The series will run May 13-14. Please feel free to email Amy at with any questions.

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