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Friday, March 23 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Memory, Music, and the Metropolis

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Tracy McMullen, “In the Beginning, You Are There: Cloning
Genesis and the Return of the Urbane”

Tavia Nyong’o, “Shame and Scandal and Zombies”

Karen Tongson, “Drive and Sounds of the ‘80s Metropolis”

Moderator: Charles Kronengold


Charles Kronengold

Charles Kronengold has published on popular music, Western art music, film and aesthetics. This paper’s focus on “puzzling interfacing” expands on a theme in his second book, Different Methods, Different Signs: Crediting Thinking in Soul and Dance Music. He teaches musicology at Stanford.   Abstract: | | "Sensing Thinking, Puzzling Interfacing" Early-eighties experimental music in New York City looked and felt as odd... Read More →

Tracy McMullen

Tracy McMullen is a Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities at USC. Her manuscript-in-progress, Replay: Repetition and Identity Compulsion from ABBA to Zizek examines live musical re-enactment as a cultural practice. She is also a saxophonist in the jazz and experimental music traditions and can be heard on the Cadence jazz label, among others.   Abstract: | | "In the Beginning, You Are There: Cloning Genesis and the Return... Read More →

Tavia Nyong'o

Tavia Nyong’o writes and teaches about performance, popular music, and cultural theory at New York University. His first book, The Amalgamation Waltz, came out in 2009. He is now working on a project about black aesthetics of the untimely. Abstract: | | "Shame and Scandal and Zombies" This talk begins in the first decade of the twenty first century, when the group Madness releases an album of classic ska and reggae tune to... Read More →

Karen Tongson

Karen Tongson is the author of Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries (NYU Press, 2011), co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Popular Music Studies, and co-series editor for Postmillennial Pop, a book series at NYU Press. An Associate Professor of English and Gender Studies at USC, Tongson is currently at work on two projects: a short book about karaoke, and a longer monograph about performers in the Pacific Rim/Desert West "leisure... Read More →

Friday March 23, 2012 2:15pm - 3:45pm
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

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