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April 28-30, 2011

Music Race Empire: A Symposium

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Keynote presentations by

  • Kofi Agawu (Princeton University)
  • Michael Denning (Yale University)

Please see our Conference page for more details.

Mamadou Diawara lecture

April 6, 2011

Mamadou Diawara

"Music, Empire and Norms in African Context"

206 Ingraham Hall

January 31, 2011


Matt Sumera (Ph.D. Candidate, Ethnomusicology, UW-Madison)

"Music and Representation at the Violent Edge of Empire"

206 Ingraham Hall

October 4, 2010


John Nimis (Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in French and Italian, UW-Madison)

"Music, Politics and Power in Kinshasa"

206 Ingraham Hall


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April 21, 2010

Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture

Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago

Co-sponsored conference with MRE Research Circle

Presentations by Tomislav Z. Longinović (Slavic Languages and Literature) and Morgan Luker (Carleton College, Music)

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March 8, 2010

Christopher Holmes Smith

"The Almighty Dollar: Money, Markets, and Sovereignty in the Hip-Hop Imagination"   audio symbol


Pyle Center, Room 313

Christopher Holmes Smith is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Communication at USC's Annenberg School for Communication where he also serves as Director of the Johnson Center for Communication Leadership. Smith received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Chicago and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Media and Cultural Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Smith's primary research and teaching interest currently concerns the relationship between modern financial markets, news media, and everyday culture. He also conducts research, teaches, and writes about multiculturalism and consumer society, entertainment and celebrity, and the technological disruption of traditional media industries.

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February 26, 2010

Symposium on Globalization and the Humanities: Then and Now, Here and There

Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Music Race Empire panel

  • Lalita du Perron (Center for South Asia), "The Effects of British Colonial Tastes on North Indian Classical Music"
  • Scott A. Carter (School of Music), "'The Race That Does Not Sing is Doomed': Voice, Evolutionary Science, and the Ordering of Global Song"
  • Maria Lepowsky (Anthropology Department; Gender and Women's Studies Department), "Children of Tamáayawut: Song, Prophecy, and Sacred Space in the California Borderlands"

February 15, 2010


Lalita du Perron (Center for South Asia, UW-Madison)

"The Songs of North Indian Art Music"

206 Ingraham Hall

January 25, 2010


Richard Miller (Center for East Asian Studies, UW-Madison)

"'Moliendo café' to 'Kōhii rumba': Latin Music in Asian Circulations"

Craig Werner (Afro-American Studies, UW-Madison)

"We Gotta Get Out of This Place: Music and the Experience of Vietnam Veterans"

206 Ingraham Hall

December 7, 2009


Morgan Luker (School of Music, UW-Madison)

"The Musical Politics of Diversity Discourses in Buenos Aires, Argentina"

Ellen Sapega (Spanish and Portuguese, UW-Madison)

"Cape Verdean morna"

206 Ingraham Hall

Brenan Secular Devotion

November 16, 2009

Timothy Brennan

The Conservative Gesture in Popular Music, and Its Subversion


Ingraham Hall, Room 206

Timothy A. Brennan is Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He is a specialist in nineteenth-and twentieth-century literatures of Europe and the Americas (especially the European and American novels and the literatures of Latin America), and the relationship between comparative literature, “world” literature, and global English. He has published widely in these areas and on issues of intellectual history, theories of culture, the Marxist and phenomenological traditions, the avant-gardes, imperial culture and colonial history, translation theory, and popular music. His books include Secular Devotion: Afro-Latin Music and Imperial Jazz (Verso, 2008), Wars of Position: The Cultural Politics of Left and Right (Columbia UP, 2006), At Home in the World: Cosmopolitanism Now (Harvard UP, 1997) , Salman Rushdie and the Third World: Myths of the Nation (1989).

October 19, 2009


Reading workshop, featuring the work of Veit Erlmann, Steven Feld, and Rian Malan

206 Ingraham Hall