MMaP Lecture Series 2014 -2015


Wednesday, October 1, 2014 (4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.)

Dance Games and Body Work

DR. KIRI MILLER (Brown University)

Digital dance games like Dance Central and Just Dance teach players full-body choreography routines set to popular club music, providing real-time feedback driven by a motion-sensing interface. These games offer a new channel for the transmission of embodied knowledge, and for indexing that knowledge through popular music. Game choreographers translate song into dance; players learn to feel out music with their bodies as choreographers do. Many players post videos of their performances online, as well as engaging in vigorous debates about the choreography for each song. Drawing on analysis of online discourse and interviews with players and game designers, this talk addresses dance games as the staging grounds for emergent forms of gender performance, multisensory interactivity, and participatory culture.


Thursday, October 16, 2014 (7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Auditorium, Bruneau Centre)

The Work of Music at the Canadian War Museum

DR. KIP PEGLEY (Queen’s University)

Why consider the role of music at the Canadian War Museum? Sound, including music, is not what comes to mind when thinking about this museum, or indeed any museum. But I argue here that the soundscape is as important to the museum’s message as the visual artifacts. All museums, of course, influence public opinion, but this agenda is particularly critical at war museums, especially during times of geopolitical conflict. In this presentation I explore how sound at the museum contributes to a compelling and particular narrative of Canadian history designed to persuade visitors that Canadians are singular, that we have been critically needed on the international scene to defend against dangerous (and changing) enemies, and that we should and will continue to play an important international role as combatants, thus justifying the government's decisions to send its military into dangerous—and highly controversial—conflict zones. Co-sponsored with the Department of Sociology, MUN.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014 (7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)

From Freedom Sounds to Senufo Sounds: Social Vision and Improvisation in a Global World

Dr. INGRID MONSON (Harvard University)

Drawing on my work on jazz, race, and politics in the United States, I compare and contrast the social meanings of improvisation in jazz during the Civil Rights Era and music in Mali before and after the coup d’etat of 2012. My work on Malian balafonist Neba Solo, serves as a basis for thinking through the similarities and differences in the social and ethical impact of improvisation in the 21st- century world.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015 (7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)

Tuned In: Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Roundtable on Health

DR. AARON McKIM (Clinical Chief for long term care in Eastern Newfoundland; family doctor practicing in Portugal Cove-St Phillips)

DR. JANE GOSINE (Music, Memorial University)

DR. FERN BRUNGER (Health Care Ethics, Memorial University)

This panel discusses on-going research on the impact that cultural dimensions of expression, belief and experience have on human health and well-being. Two panelists present work with music in relation to memory, mobility, and psychological marginalization. The third reports on Aboriginal approaches to health, approaches that raise important issues for biomedical practitioners as well as those in anthropology, ethnomusicology or other social sciences.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015 (7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)

The Sound of Political Change in Myanmar

DR. GAVIN DOUGLAS (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

The past two decades have witnessed tremendous political unrest in Burma/Myanmar. Minority separatist movements, economic stagnation, chronic detention of political prisoners and a multitude of other obstacles have plagued the history of this once prosperous nation. Focusing on a wide variety of cases, supplemented by numerous audio and video examples, this presentation questions what role music has played in this tumultuous history. Not simply reflective of society, the role of music in Myanmar’s politics is not neutral but has been tied to the policies of the oppressing dictatorship and the pro-democracy resistance movements. From national unity festivals to monastic revolutions and from education policy to pro-democracy Internet campaigns, music has been a tool to both justify oppression and demand liberation and has been an active force in Myanmar’s struggles.


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