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Rutgers Graduate Student Conference 2019

Monday, February 18, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Stephanie Sturgis
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The Rutgers University Musicological Society is pleased to invite you to our 2019 Graduate Student Conference,  Sunday, February 24th from 10am-7pm in Shindell Choral Hall on the Rutgers University – New Brunswick campus. For conference information, presentation schedule, and abstracts, as well as to register to attend, please visit our website: tinyurl.com/rums2019


The conference is free to all; if you plan to attend, please complete the RSVP form on our website to ensure we have enough programs, seating, and food for all attendees: https://sites.google.com/view/rutgersmusicologicalsociety/2019-conference.


This year’s keynote address will be presented by Dr. Jessica Swanston Baker (University of Chicago) at 5 PM. Her abstract is included below.


Music and the Aesthetics of Speed in the Caribbean


Late modern lives are fast lives. Our anxiety about this pervades: everyday life moves at an ever-accelerating pace, infused with rapid travel, instant communication, and viral dissemination. Technological advancements proliferate, exacerbating our perception that to be modern is to live in  busy, frenetic, always-connected world. How does fast modernity play out in the Caribbean archipelago, where to be on "island time" has historically meant moving slowly? What role does the speed of music--particularly fast-paced Caribbean popular music--play in our understanding of who and what is modern? This ethnographic inquiry into the popular music of the Leeward islands shifts our geographies: from mainland to island, from center to margin, and from European empire to postcolonial island state. In this talk, I explore the relationship between fast music and island time, analyzing the way music contributes to the social accelerations of postcolonial late modernity in the Caribbean.

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