International Conference
Stony Brook University
April 18-19, 2014

Conference Schedule

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Conference Details

Sound and Affect: Voice, Music, World is being hosted by the Departments of Music and Philosophy at Stony Brook University. All events will be held in facilities on Stony Brook’s campus on Long Island. A campus map can be viewed here:


All papers should be 30 minutes long. After each paper, there will be 15 minutes for discussion. Papers will be grouped into sessions of two speakers, each session lasting 90 minutes. Regular sessions will run from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm with breaks for coffee and lunch. Each day will end with plenary sessions, in which we will hear papers from our keynotes speakers.


On-site registration will take place in the lobby of Stony Brook's Humanities Institute on Friday April 18 and Saturday April 19. There is no advance registration.  Since the conference is free and open to the public, there is no registration fee.

Concert on Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Emerson String Quartet will be performing a concert in Stony Brook’s Staller Center on April 17 at 8:00 pm. Their program will include works by Mozart, Britten, and Beethoven. If you plan to arrive on Thursday evening and wish to attend, please see the Staller Center website for ticket information:

Local Arrangements
Conference Hotel:
  • Stony Brook Hilton Garden Inn

This is a full service hotel located directly on campus, a very short walk from where our conference events will take place.  A block of rooms is on hold for our conference at a discounted rate of will $119 per night.  Please call 631-941-2980 for reservations.  In order to get the conference rate, please inform the hotel that you are attending our event (sponsored by the Department of Music and the Department of Philosophy).  The discount code is MPC. More information is available here:

Other Hotels in the Area:

  • Three Village Inn

This is an historic inn located in Stony Brook Village. It has two fine restaurants and a lovely view of the Stony Brook harbor. Unfortunately, you will need a car to get from this inn to the Stony Brook campus, though the drive is very short. Rooms are available for $129 per night. Please indicate that you are attending our conference to get this rate. More information is available here:

  • Holiday Inn Express

This hotel is located a short drive from the Stony Brook campus. Rooms are available at a conference rate of $119 per night, which includes a shuttle that runs to and from the Islip airport, the Stony Brook train station, the ferry to Connecticut, and the Stony Brook campus. Please indicate your are attending our conference to get this rate. If you wish to book online, you may use the discount code SAA. More information is available here:

Directions to Campus:

  • By Car
    Driving from New York City to Stony Brook University takes roughly 90 minutes. Take the Long Island Expressway (LIE, I-495) eastbound from the Queens Midtown Tunnel in Manhattan or the Throgs Neck Bridge or Whitestone Bridge in Queens to exit 62, and follow Nicolls Road (Route 97) north for 9 miles. The main entrance to the University is on the left. To find the campus via GPS, enter the address "100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790." Parking on campus is free on Friday afternoon and all day on Saturday and Sunday.

  • By Train
    The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) has a stop directly on Stony Brook’s campus. To travel to Stony Brook by train from New York City, take the LIRR’s Port Jefferson line from Penn Station in Manhattan or Atlantic Terminal. The stop on campus is simply called Stony Brook. Trains to and from Penn generally require transfers at Jamaica or Huntington. Hicksville is also a transfer point on some lines.

    Stony Brook’s LIRR station is at the north end of the campus. Bus service to the central campus is provided by the university; walking from the train station to our campus hotel and conference facilities will take roughly 15-20 minutes. Schedule and fare information is available here:

  • By Ferry
    Car ferries cross Long Island Sound at Bridgeport, Connecticut to Port Jefferson, Long Island. Take Route 25A west to Nicolls Road, and turn left on Nicolls. The University entrances are the first three intersections you come to. From New London, Connecticut to Orient Point, Long Island, take Route 25A west to Nicolls Road and proceed as above. Information on the ferry is available here:

  • By Plane
    For our conference, it is most convenient to fly directly to Long Island’s Islip-MacArthur Airport, or to fly to New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport. Travel from LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport is also relatively convenient.
    • Islip-Macarthur Airport, Long Island
      Long Island's Islip-MacArthur Airport is 16 miles from the campus. A cab from the airport to campus will cost roughly $40.

    • John F Kennedy International Airport, New York City
      If you are flying into JFK, you can take the AirTrain from the airport to Jamaica Station. From there, you can take the LIRR to Stony Brook (Port Jefferson line).

    • LaGuardia Airport, New York City
      If you are flying into LaGuardia, you can take a short cab ride to the LIRR station at Woodside. From there, you can take the LIRR to Stony Brook (Port Jefferson line).

    • Newark Liberty Airport, New Jersey
      If you are flying into Newark Liberty, you can take the AirTrain to the New Jersey Transit. From there, you can travel to New York Penn Station, where you can take the LIRR to Stony Brook (Port Jefferson line).

More information about travel can be found here:


If you have any questions, please contact Stephen Decatur Smith at

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