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Michael Denning, "'A Noisy Heaven and a Syncopated Earth': The Transcolonial Reverberations of Vernacular Phonograph Music"

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 4:45pm

Kaufmann Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall
ICM Lecture Series

William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of American Studies, Yale University

Reassessing the origins of our musical world, Denning’s presentation will explore the soundscape of "modern times," the musical and cultural revolution triggered by the worldwide recording of vernacular musics in the years between the development of electrical recording in 1925 and the outset of the Great Depression in the early 1930s. The musical styles and idioms etched onto shellac disks reverberated around the world, igniting the first great battle over popular music, becoming the soundtrack of decolonization, and remaking our musical ear.

Copies of Professor Denning's book, Noise Uprising: The Audiopolitics of a World Musical Revolution, will be available for sale at the lecture courtesy of Buffalo Street Books.

Seminar, “The Accumulation of Labor: Rethinking Work and its Representations”

Thursday, November 10, 2016
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Toboggan Lodge, 38 Forest Home Drive

A discussion of two essays by Michael Denning, “Wageless Life” and “Representing Global Labor” (PDF readings here and here).

Michael Denning is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of American Studies at Yale University, and the coordinator of the Yale Working Group on Globalization and Culture. His books include Noise Uprising: The Audiopolitics of a World Musical Revolution; Culture in the Age of Three Worlds; and The Cultural Front: The Laboring of American Culture in the Twentieth Century. In 2014, he received the Bode-Pearson lifetime achievement award from the American Studies Association.

Co-sponsored by the Africana Studies & Research Center, Comparative Muslim Societies Program, Department of English, Department of Government, Department of Near Eastern Studies, and Department of Performing and Media Arts.

All events are free and open to the public.


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