Couch-Stone Symposium 2014 Updated Information!

Couch-Stone Symposium: “Symbolic Interactionist Takes on Music”

March 27-29, 2014


Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas

The Center for Social Inquiry and the Department of Sociology at Texas State University are hosting an intimate symposium focused specifically on music.  There is a long history of symbolic interactionist interest in music, ranging from Howard Becker’s seminal work on jazz musicians to contemporary studies of music festivals, music scenes, and other exciting topics.  With the generous support from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, the Couch Family and the Center for the Study of the Southwest, our symposium will be both intellectually and musically exciting.


Confirmed attendees will come from Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada and the U.S.

The symposium will be conducted on the beautiful campus of Texas State University, in San Marcos, Texas.  Texas State is located in the magnificent Hill Country of Central Texas, approximately 25 miles south of Austin and 45 miles north of San Antonio.

 Schedule of Events (tentative)


Thursday afternoon:  Attendees arrive at Austin airport (ABIA) in the afternoon, to be lodged at the Country Inn Hotel in San Marcos.

Thursday evening:  The bus picks up everyone and takes them to a local music landmark, The Cheatham Street Warehouse, home of George Strait and Stevie Ray Vaughan, for a bar-b-que dinner, a beer, some great live music—and an SI jam (bring your instruments!).  Then, back to the Country Inn.


Friday:  After breakfast at the hotel, the bus will take all to TxSt for three sessions/panels before Tex-Mex lunch with Tejano music.  There will be one afternoon session and keynote address after lunch.  Friday’s sessions will take place in the elegant Wittliff Collections on campus.



9:00 – 10:30 a.m.        Music and Self-Identity: Audience and Artist


10:45 – 12:00 p.m. The Social Organization of Music


12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.          Keynote Address: “The Contributions of Symbolic Interaction to

the Sociology of Music”

Dr. Timothy Dowd, Emory University


2:45 – 4:00 p.m.           The Social Organization of Music



Friday evening:  The bus will take all to the hotel for an evening trip to Gruene, Texas for dinner on the banks of the scenic Guadalupe River, at the Gruene River Grill, and then a concert featuring Leon Russell at the historic Gruene Hall.





9:00 – 10:15 a.m.        Mundane music experience in everyday life


10:30 – 11:45 a.m.      Interdisciplinary Studies of Music


11:45 – 12:00 noon Closing discussion



Timothy J. Dowd is professor of sociology at Emory University (Atlanta). He specializes in cultural sociology, focusing on such issues as the evolving orchestral canon, the evolution of the recording industry, musician careers, underground music festivals, and the state of music sociology. He was the Erasmus Chair for the Humanities (Rotterdam, 2007) and Fulbright Specialist at the University of Amsterdam (2013). He currently is Chair-Elect of the Sociology of Culture Section of the American Sociological Association, and he is Editor-in-Chief of Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, Media, and the Arts.

Please let me know ASAP if you are interested in participating.  Please forward all responses, comments, questions and concerns to:

Joseph A. Kotarba, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology

Director, Center for Social Inquiry

Texas State University

UAC 466

601 University Drive

San Marcos, TX 78666

T:  512-245-8905

F:  512-245-4422

C:  512-618-3552


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