EthNoise!

The Music, Language, and Culture Workshop

April 29, 2019
by Jon
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EthNoise! To Meet This Thursday, May 2, at 5 PM

Dear all,

After several weeks off, EthNoise! will resume our more regular workshop schedule beginning this Thursday, May 2, at 5 PM. We will meet in Rosenwald 301, and the speaker will be Dr. Kaley Mason, former UChicago faculty and Assistant Professor of Music and Area Coordinator for World Music at Lewis & Clark College. Dr. Mason will be presenting “Mollywood at the Borderlands: A Song of South Indian Solidarity with Latinidad,” an abstract for which is included below.
“The people of Southwestern India have experienced widespread economic emigration since the Malayalam-speaking state of Kerala was formed in 1956. After electing India’s first communist government in 1957, Kerala’s strong unions discouraged investment in industry, which prompted many workers to seek economic opportunities abroad. As a result, nearly every family has an archive of stories about migration and encounter, themes that have figured prominently in the region’s film industry, Mollywood. Until recently, the cinema focused on migration to the Middle East, but the 2017 film, Comrade in America, portrays a young Indian communist leader who travels to Nicaragua to join others on a journey to the Mexico-US border. Drawing on conversations with the film makers, this paper will examine the repurposing of a popular communist anthem to express solidarity with asylum seekers and refugees against the backdrop of the Trump Administration’s anti-immigration policies.”
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns, and I look forward to seeing you on Thursday!
Sincerely,
Jon Bullock

April 2, 2019
by Jon
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EthNoise! Spring Quarter Schedule

Dear all,

Below is the schedule for this quarter’s EthNoise! workshops. You’ll notice that we still have several weeks we could potentially fill; if you are interested in presenting in the workshop but haven’t yet reached out, you can still do so! Finally, unless otherwise noted, all workshops meet in Rosenwald 301 from 5-6:20 PM.
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April 4– Dr. Rumya Putcha, “Refrains of a Hillbilly Elegy: Country Boys, Social Media, and the Affective Politics of 21st-Century White Supremacy”
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April 25– There is no workshop this day, but several regular attendees of EthNoise! will be participating in a teatime concert at 4:30 PM in Fulton Recital Hall (4th floor of Goodspeed Hall). More details to follow.
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May 2– Dr. Kaley Mason (Assistant Professor of Music at Lewis & Clark College and former ethnomusicology faculty at UChicago), topic TBA
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May 3-5– EthNoise! will be co-sponsoring the 34th Annual MEHAT (Middle East History and Theory) Conference. The overall theme of the conference is “Migration and Movement of Peoples,” and (ethno)musicologists will surely have plenty of reasons to want to attend, including a keynote address by Dr. Ulrike Präger on the topic of music and migration in the Middle East, several grad-student papers on this topic, and a closing concert by world-renowned Iraqi oud performer Rahim AlHaj (following a pre-concert talk led by our very own Dr. Phil Bohlman). More details to follow.
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May 9– Dr. Anna Schultz (the newest ethnomusicology faculty member here at UChicago), “An Ethnomusicologist among the Historians”

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May 16– Mari Jo Velasco (Postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University and UChicago Music Department alumna), topic TBA
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May 30– Jun Lee (PhD candidate, Department of History, UChicago), “Betwixt Movement and Nostalgia: Practicing Utagoe in Post-Fukushima Japan”

April 1, 2019
by Jon
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First EthNoise! of the Quarter Will Meet This Thursday, April 4, at 5 PM

Dear all,

I hope your Spring Quarter is off to a wonderful start! 
 
I’m writing to announce that our first EthNoise! of the quarter will meet this Thursday, April 4 in Rosenwald 301 from 5-6:20 pm. Our speaker will be Dr. Rumya Putcha, a UChicago alumna who is now an assistant professor in the Department of Performance Studies and an affiliated faculty member in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program as well as the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute at Texas A&M University. Dr. Putcha will be presenting part of a new project titled, “Refrains of a Hillbilly Elegy: Country Boys, Social Media, and the Affective Politics of 21st-century White Supremacy.”
Please do not hesitate to reach out before Thursday if you have any questions or concerns, and I encourage you to be on the lookout for this quarter’s schedule, which I’ll be sending out soon (I can say now that it’s gonna be good!). Thanks so much for your continued support, and I look forward to seeing you on Thursday!
Sincerely,
Jon Bullock
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