The Music, Language, and Culture Workshop

January 29, 2015
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January 29 – Marion MacLeod

Please join us on Thursday, January 29 at 4:30pm, (Goodspeed 205) for our second workshop of the Winter Quarter.

We will discuss  Marion MacLeod‘s paper, “Risk and Reward: Alcohol and Irony in Acadie.” Laura Turner will serve as discussant for the workshop session. In order to make our discussion most productive, participants are encouraged to read the chapter in advance. (Check your email for the password and link or email

January 22, 2015
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January 22, 2015: Michael O’Toole at EthNoise!

Michael O’Toole will read his paper, “‘Gedanken sind frei’ to ‘No Pegida’: Music In, With, and Against the Pegida Demonstrations in Germany,” followed by discussion. As always, EthNoise! meets Thursdays at 4:30pm in Goodspeed Hall, room 205. Please find Michael’s abstract below.

Beginning in October 2014, the recently founded organization known as Pegida (“Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West”), has held weekly demonstrations every Monday in Dresden, inspiring similar demonstrations and counter-demonstrations in other cities across Germany. Motivated by fear of an “Islamization” of Germany and the country’s growing efforts to address a recent surge in refugees and asylum seekers, the Pegida demonstrations have grown from a few hundred participants in October to approximately 25,000 at the most recent demo on January 12. In this presentation, I will discuss the variety of ways in which music has played a role in the nation-wide debate sparked by the Pegida demonstrations. Drawing on examples from social media, I will consider the role of music, sound, and silence within the demonstrations themselves, as well as consider several examples of music as a medium for supporting, protesting, or satirizing the Pegida movement and its significance. 

January 13, 2015
by wdbuckingham

EthNoise! Winter 2015 Schedule

Winter 2015 Schedule

January 22: Michael O’Toole – “‘Everyone Longed for Music’: Narratives of Music, Memory, and Migration in Post-Reunification Germany”

January 29: Marion MacLeod – “Risk and Reward: Alcohol and Irony in Acadie”

February 5:  Daniel Gough – “Music and Access in São Paulo’s Cultural Policy Worlds”

February 19: Peter Manuel – “World Music and Activism Since the End of History (sic)”

February 26: Will Faber – “Acid Diversions: Race, Memory, and Mediation on the UK Dancefloor”

March 5: Regula Qureshi

March 19: Monica Hairston O’Connell


Unless otherwise noted, all workshop meetings are on Thursdays from 4:30-6pm in Room 205, Goodspeed Hall, University of Chicago campus.