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ISAMS Graduate Symposium: "Music and Class: Toward Nw Considerations in Music Scholarship

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Co-Sponsors: European Union Center; REEEC; College of Fine & Applied Arts; School of Music; Musicology Division; School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics; Department of English; Department of Spanish & Portuguese; Center for Global Studies; Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies; Illinois Theatre;
0301 Music Building (Friday, Apr. 21); 0304 Music Building (Saturday, Apr. 22)
Apr 21, 2017 - Apr 22, 2017   All Day
Free and Open to the Public
Kim Rice
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European Union Center Events

The Illinois Student Association of Music Scholars will be hosting this symposium to expand on the academics, scholarship, and community of students in musicology.  Graduate students will present on work related to the theme of music and socioeconomic class. The symposium will feature a keynote address by Dr. Gillian Rodger of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 


Friday, April 21, 2017 Music Building 0301 (Fishbowl)
6:00 pm
Keynote by Dr. Gillian Rodger, Associate Professor of Musicology & Ethnomusicology, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Mining the Past to Shape Questions about the Present: Music and Working-class culture in 19th century America

Rodger will consider the ways that social class is deeply embedded in all aspects of music scholarship, including the categories into which we divide music in contemporary society. Through case studies drawn from nineteenth century U.S. culture, she will suggest ways that taking a longer-term view can shape the kinds of questions we ask of contemporary culture, and reveal shifting class affiliations in an American context.

Funded by SORF


Saturday, April 22, 2017 Music Building 0304

•Panel 1 (10:00 am-12:00 pm)

“Soy del Pueblo”: Class Politics, Cultural Appropriation, and the Music of Nueva Canción J. Ryan Bodiford, Ethnomusicology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Under the Conservative Korean Lens: The 2010 Korean Production of Alban Berg’s Opera Lulu Mingyeong Son, Musicology, Northwestern University

The Creative Working Class and the Postcolonial City Brendan Kibbee, Ethnomusicology, City University of New York

Rapping the Hennaed Hand: National Identity Politics and the Question of Hip Hop Resistance in Fnaire’s “Yed el Henna” Casey Brege, Ethnomusicology, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

•Panel 2 (1:00 pm-2:30 pm)

“I Think We Sounded Black!” Space and Community in Black Drum & Bugle Corps Jamil Jorge, Musicology, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Sounding the Photograph: Constructions of Class and Memory within Photographs of Musicians at The Columbian World’s Exhibition, 1893 Nolan Vallier, Musicology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Shop Talk: Life History, Labour, and Social Class in the Pedal Steel Guitar Workshop Daniel W. Neill, Ethnomusicology, Memorial University of Newfoundland

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