Northwestern University


Listening In: Sonic Interventions in the Middle East and North Africa

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When: Friday, May 13, 2016
All day  

Where: 2122 Sheridan Road, TGS Commons, Evanston, IL 60201 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free. Open to the public. Registration not required.

Contact: Dina Marie Walters   847.491.3171

Group: Department of Performance Studies

Buffett Institute for Global Studies

Category: Multicultural & Diversity

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Keynote Address: Professor Deborah Kapchan (NYU)
Slow Ethnography, Slow Activism: Listening, Witnessing, and the Longue Durée

At the historic five-year mark of unrest in the Middle East and North Africa region, this interdisciplinary conference tackles the intersections of culture, politics, and society from the unique perspective of performance and sound studies. Given the ongoing crisis in the region, what does it mean to listen in - to events as they unfold, to the sounds of power and violence, to voices whose testimonies are silenced by dominant narratives, and to cultural expressions of conflict and displacement? In which ways does the act of listening produce new forms of public engagement and how do these emerge in relation to divergent social, cultural, technological, and spatial phenomena?

Scholars from across disciplines will reflect on listening as a critical practice that emerges through socio-political engagement and that takes shape through a variety of media, cultural expressions, and performances in everyday life. By amplifying the role of sound and aurality in the past five years of violence and displacement in the Middle East and North Africa, the conference considers how power becomes (in)audible through sonic contestations, and interrogates the political, representational, and affective economy of sound in this particular historical moment. This event also hopes to prompt an urgency of listening across borders leading to better understandings of how we engage with the political processes through which voices both emerge or are suppressed.

This event is co-sponsored by the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, The Graduate School, MA in Sound Arts and Industries, Center for Global Culture and Communication, Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Program in Middle East and North African Studies, Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program, Crown Family Fund for Middle East Studies, Department of English, Department of Radio-TV-Film, and Screen Cultures Program.

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