VERANSTALTUNG: Anthropology of Music Lecture Series – Steven Feld – Acoustemology …


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Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

hiermit möchten wir Sie auf die diesjährige *Anthropology of Music Lecture
Series* an der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz hinweisen. Prof. Steven
Feld (University of New Mexico) wird vom 26.-28.06.2019 drei Vorträge zum
Thema „Acoustemology“ halten:

*Lecture 1*

*Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra, Revisited*

Wednesday, June 26, 6 pm, Institut Français, Schillerstraße 11, Mainz

By revisiting the acoustemology of urban and diasporic intimacy told in
Feld’s Jazz Cos-mopolitanism in Accra project (book, 5 films, 10 CD
recordings) this first lecture discusses the utility of »acoustemology« to
the project of theorizing expansive agency against the persistence of
historical binaries. Can »acoustemology« aid the project Frantz Fanon
called »the always impossible«, the story of how colonialism grinds into
the postcolony as a modernist machine for epistemological violence and
categorical oppression?

The lecture is followed by the screening of Steven Feld’s documentary
concert film

*Voices of the Rainforest*

Wednesday, June 26, 8:30 pm, Ciné Mayence, Schillerstraße 11, Mainz

This project uses the medium of sound to dialogically represent how the
sounds of work and leisure songs, instrumental music, and ceremonial music
produced by the Kaluli people were inspired by and performed with ambient
biosphere sounds of the rainforest. The Kaluli people discuss the present
state and fate of the forest and their hopes for a more equitable future.
Here, »acoustemology« meets with the claims for »symmetrical« approaches to
human-nonhuman inter-action, as well as with ecological concerns.

*Lecture 2*

*Nostalgia and/for Modernity*

Thursday, June 27, 6 pm, JGU Mainz, Philosophicum, P5, Jakob-Welder-Weg 18,

The talk discusses the »alternate« or »bush« modernity of remote villagers
in Bosavi today, people whose knowledge of the world and global capitalism
is vastly out of alignment with their actual way of life in a five mile
radius of their location of birth. It presents the world of Bosavi’s
younger generations, people with cellphones but no toilets, bank accounts
but no money, and questions the use of new technologies by young people –
guitars, ukuleles – to reinvent nostalgic music based on the poetic
inheritance received from their parents and grandparents.
»Acoustemological« approaches to music, sound and technology are here
brought together with the local dynamics of globalization and neoliberal
capitalism in rather remote places. The starting point of the lecture is a
criss-cross moment when a Bosavi guitar band CD was confused by the media
with post-9/11 Americana country music nostalgia.

*Lecture 3*

*Hearing Heat*

Friday, June 28, 6 pm, JGU Mainz, Philosophicum, P5, Jakob-Welder-Weg 18,

This lecture comes back to the topic of the first lecture, in that it
relates the story of climatic and environmental change in the Bosavi
rainforest to global concerns about the Anthropocene. It takes a historical
as well as comparative stance, however, in order to re-evaluate the
theoretical contribution of »acoustemology« in relation to what is arguably
the most important issue to the future of organic survival, environmental
climate action. It might once have been considered a quaint oddity that
Bosavi people sing to, about, and with birds, insects, and waterways. But
now more than ever these eco-aesthetic practices explain music making as
cartography, environmental data-gathering, and acute ecological
observation. As a specific example, the lecture presents the history of
cicadas, stimulated by light and heat, and songs sung to, with and about
them in Bosavi. This history is juxtaposed with others, ancient (Greece)
and modern (post-nuclear Japan), to link what was once a remote project in
the anthropology of sound to a comparative discussion of sonic ecology in

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Institut für Ethnologie und Afrikastudien

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