The Music, Language, and Culture Workshop

November 12, 2020
by Varshini

EthNoise! presents Dr. Elliott H. Powell

This evening, EthNoise is excited to welcome Dr. Elliott H. Powell for a presentation on his recent publication, Sounds from the Other Side: Afro-South Asian Collaborations in Black Popular Music.

Elliott H. Powell is a Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in Liberal Arts and Associate Professor of American Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota. He is an interdisciplinary scholar of U.S. popular music, race, sexuality, and politics. His first book brings together critical race, feminist, and queer theories to consider the political implications of African American and South Asian collaborative music-making practices in U.S.-based Black Popular Music since the 1960s. In particular, the project investigates these cross-cultural exchanges in relation to larger global and domestic sociohistorical junctures that linked African American and South Asian diasporic communities, and argues that these Afro-South Asian cultural productions constitute dynamic, complex, and at times contradictory sites of comparative racialization, transformative gender and queer politics, and anti-imperial political alliances.

Dr. Powell will be in conversation with Thalea Stokes, a Ph.D. Candidate in Ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago.

You can join us tonight at 5:00pm on Zoom (password: miles).

November 5, 2020
by Varshini

EthNoise! presents “Fieldwork Adaptations in the COVID-19 Era”

Take a break from refreshing the news and join us tonight at 5:00 pm for a panel presentation on the contemporary challenges and possibilities of ethnographic fieldwork. We’ll be hearing from:

Fiona Boyd: “Negotiating Curatorial and Artistic Relevance through Performance and Space on NPR’s Tiny Desk and Tiny Desk (Home) Concert Series”

Erol Koymen: “Ethnography in Distinctive Virtual Spaces: The 2020 Istanbul Music Festival”

How have music scholars’ research questions and methodologies had to adapt in light of the current pandemic? What new possibilities are afforded by socially-distant approaches to musicking, and what new tools and resources become available or necessary? How has the role of the ethnographer changed in its transition to the virtual realm? Join us on Zoom (password: fieldwork) for a lively discussion of the contemporary moment and its implications for our work as scholars.