IIPC Debate 26 September

IIPC Debate #45

Michael Drewett (Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa): EXPLORING ’SPACE’ IN CENSORSHIP BATTLES: THE CASE OF POPULAR MUSIC IN APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA

Thu 26 September 4-6 pm.

Seminar room Hovi, Department of Musicology, University of Turku. Address: Kaivokatu 12, Turku (Sirkkala campus).

Abstract: A part of the apartheid state’s attempt to maintain hegemony in South Africa was through censorship. The terrain of popular music was no exception. This paper considers popular music censorship by means of the metaphor of space as both a real and imagined area of contest. It is argued that censorship involved contests over the use of space, and those involved in the contest sought to reposition themselves according to the most suitable strategies available to them. Influenced particularly by the work of Pierre Bourdieu, the analysis of contest posited in this paper extends beyond simple binary conceptions of struggle. Throughout the apartheid era resistant musicians worked within the context of social movements to devise means of overcoming censorship and making themselves heard. They proved that agency is possible, even in contexts of severe repression. Despite apartheid censorship, creative and meaningful spaces of resistance were discovered and successfully manipulated.

Professor Drewett is the IIPC Visiting Fellow for Autumn 2013, more details below.

Upcoming IIPC Debates:

16.10. Wed: Stan Hawkins (University of Oslo) 4 – 6 pm Janus Hall: “Hyperembodiment and Agency in the Pop Video”

18.10. Fri: Debate Caryl Flinn (University of Michigan) 4 -6 pm Janus: “The Emotional Work of the Hollywood Musical”

5.11. Tue: Michael Drewett (Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa) 4 – 6 pm Hovi: [TBC]

14.11. Thu: Miguel Mera (City University, London) 4 -6 Hovi: “Inglo(u)rious Basterdisation: Tarantino and the War Movie Mashup”

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IIPC Debate 17 September

IIPC Debate #44

Morten Michelsen (University of Copenhagen): “Taste Cultures and Popular Music Criticism”

Tue 17 September 4-6 pm.

Seminar room Hovi, Department of Musicology, University of Turku. Address: Kaivokatu 12, Turku (Sirkkala campus).

Morten Michelsen is associate professor in musicology in the Arts and Cultural Studies Department at the University of Copenhagen. He has focused on popular music, e.g. in a book on US and UK rock criticism (Rock Criticism from the Beginning, 2005), in one on Danish rock culture (Rock in Denmark, 2013), and in shorter analyses of the music of Björk, Bowie, Metallica, and Michael Jackson with a focus on the sound parameter. Michelsen is also engaged in the establishment of the research field of sound studies in Denmark and in Europe. Right now he is chair of the European Sound Studies Association ESSA and member or head of a series of research projects concerned with sound and radio. His special focus here is interbellum music-radio relations.

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