MMaP Lecture Series 2013-2014

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September 28 (9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) – Acoustic Ecology Symposium

Co-sponsored by the School of Music, this one-day event will include presentations by scholars from Memorial, York, Cape Breton and Concordia Universities. The topics include non-human sound production, industrial soundscapes, environmental issues in musical instrument manufacture, and musics that imitate place-based sound.

Keynote: Dr. Andra McCartney (Communications Studies, Concordia University).

10:45 – 12:30 p.m. Memorial string-of-pearls soundwalk.

Symposium participants will do a soundwalk with Andra McCartney, beginning from the symposium site. Rain or shine (bring an umbrella and walking shoes). The walk will have several moments, strung together like pearls: discussions of listening experiences, tactics and strategies; individual, small and large group walking; reflection and response.

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Listening filters and standpoints

How do disciplinary routines channel listening in different ways? How can thinking about listening generate opportunities for fertile talk across disciplines? Andra McCartney will introduce and discuss two examples of sound recordings as a way to think about how listening is situated, channelled, and mixed, basing the discussion on contemporary research about interpretive communities as well as conversations with listeners during soundwalk/listening events.


October 23 (7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) – Dr. Line Grenier (Communication, Université de Montréal).

Moments of music in action: Exploring the effectivity of Québec’s Étoile des Aînés/Senior Stars

In this talk Line Grenier explores intersections of aging and popular music in the context of a global demographic shift to “an aging society” and governmental discourses and policies around “active aging.” I do so by drawing on an ongoing collaborative, multi-sited, ethnography-based pilot project on Étoile des aînés/Senior Stars, an annual ‘music talent’ contest in Québec organized since 2008 by Chartwell-Reit, one of the most important investors in the seniors housing market in North America. Its aim is to examine the effectivity of Étoile des aînés as music in action (De Nora, 2004), as an event where memory work takes place, “call[ing] to mind the collective nature of the activity of remembering” as it connects “’public historical events, structures of feeling, family dramas, relations of class, national identity, gender, and ‘personal’ memory.” (Kuhn, 2007, 232).


January 7 (7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) – Dr. Ivan Emke (Social and Cultural Studies, Memorial University, Grenfell)

From Outports to Netports: Community Media and Shared Identity in Rural Newfoundland and Beyond

It has been argued that the tools we use to communicate can influence the kind of community that we can create. In an age dominated by large urban media, how can a rural community construct and affirm its identity? Where does it get to tell its own stories? In this province, there has been a tradition of appreciating the link between the use of locally-focussed communications technologies and the construction and celebration of rural community life, from CBC’s Fisheries Broadcast to MUN’s Extension Services. This presentation will reflect on community media projects that use low-power FM radio, sometimes linked with the internet and webcasting. It will offer stories of the media events themselves interwoven with broader theories around communication, technology, community and identity.


March 4 (7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) – Dr. Louise Meintjes (Music, Duke University)

Dancing Around Disease: Zulu ngoma in a time of AIDS

When confronted with diminishing capacities that represent a compromised social life -- whether of individual relationships or of a men's ngoma song and dance team -- how do men perform their responsibilities to other men? How do singer-dancers manage the necessity of caring for their fellow team mates in the presence of an HIV stigma that pushes their relationships to the limit? I present this case study to reflect on Africanist analyses of the performance arts in relation to HIV/AIDS.


All events take place in the MMaP Gallery, Arts and Culture Centre, 2nd floor. Events are open to the public and free of charge. For further information call 709-864-2058.


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