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Singing for Survival Series: Deadline Extended

May 2, 2010

Gender Across Borders has extended the submission deadline for the upcoming series, Singing for Survival, until May 7. A broad range of articles on gender, music, oppression and social change will be accepted. Email submissions to Amy at or see the Call for Writers here.

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.

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