Voice and Race: A Symposium Agenda
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Bryn Mawr College
This unique half-day symposium will begin with a music recital: "Singing Scenes and Expressions of African American Women through Concert Spirituals, Songs, and Arias”
Professor Marti Newland, soprano and Columbia University ethnomusicologist, in recital with keyboardist Artis Wodehouse will be followed by lunch and culminate when three scholars, from different disciplinary backgrounds, come together to explore how what we hear works with or against what we see; and how this information impacts our notions of racial categories and racial difference. Presentations will be followed by discussion facilitated by Professor Amanda Weidman, Chair and Associate Professor of Anthropology, Bryn Mawr College.
This event is free and open to the public.
Marti Newland (Lecturer, Department of Music, Columbia University) an ethnomusicologist and opera singer who has done ethnographic work with the Fisk Jubilee Singers around questions of the performance of race ideologies through vocal acts and the ethics of listening for race in voices.
Kristina Wirtz (Professor of Anthropology, Department of Spanish, Western Michigan University), who works on the construction of Afro-Cuban identity through ritual and language, focusing on how certain language forms became stereotyped as a kind of “blackvoice” in Cuba, and the ways those forms are taken up in contemporary religious ritual.
Nitasha Sharma (Associate Professor of Asian American and African American studies and Performance studies, Northwestern University), whose work has focused on South Asian hip hop in the U.S. and more recently on how mixed-race people in Hawaii express and repress race as they identify across constructed racial categories.
|10:30 am||Registration and Coffee|
|11:00 am||Music Recital: "Singing Scenes and Expressions of African American Women through Concert Spirituals, Songs, and Arias”|
|1:30 pm||Presentations and Facilitated Discussion|