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Ethnomusicology Working Group panel discussion: "Pleasure Seekers: Sound, Feeling, Action"

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Friday, April 09, 2021
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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Ethnomusicology Working Group

Online panel discussion: (Please arrive a few minutes early; this event will start punctually at 4 pm.)

Panelists: Nomi Dave (University of Virginia), Roger Mathew Grant (Wesleyan University), Jocelyne Guilbault (University of California Berkeley). Moderator: Sarah Town (Duke University).

Pleasure is a motivator. It sells tickets and products, sways opinion and turns out votes, and moves bodies into action. It gets things done. Pleasure is a survivor. The capacity for pleasure resides inside each one of us. The key to our pleasure is ours and ours alone. It is our last resource when all others have failed.

In "Pleasure Seekers: Sound, Feeling, Action," three music scholars with expertise in Guinean praise music within the context of a postcolonial state, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century theories of rhythm and contemporary affect theory, and Caribbean popular music within the context of tourism and transnational music industries will discuss the relationships that emerge in their work between music and pleasure: through embodied participation, theorization, and discourses that serve political, commercial, and communal ends.

Presented by: African and African American Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Dance, Duke Performances, Music, Thompson Writing Program.