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Friday, March 23 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Roundtable: “Do You Want More?” The Time and Space of Alternative Sonic Blackness

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The migration of sounds and ideas across time and place encourages synthesis; giving rise to avant garde, radical, and futurist voices. What (other) worlds open up and what (outer) spaces are formed? How do regional sites remix global flows? What factors/forces enable or prohibit certain voices from finding an audience in the national, global, or cyber scene? How do we reconcile organicism of sound, as musicians produce out of particular worlds, with the reckless and restless ways music circulates?

With: Kyle Dargan, Keith and Mendi Obadike, Jace Clayton (DJ Rupture), and the work of Barry Jenkins

Moderators: Jayna Brown, Daphne Brooks and Tavia Nyong’o


Daphne A. Brooks

Daphne A. Brooks is professor of English and African American Studies at Princeton University. She is the author of Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom (Duke UP, 2006), Jeff Buckley’s Grace (Continuum, 2005), as well as the liner notes for Take A Look: Aretha Franklin Complete on Columbia and Come On and See Me: The Complete Tammi Terrell. She is currently at work on Subterranean Blues: Black Women and Sound... Read More →

Jayna Brown

Jayna Brown is associate professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside. She is the author of Babylon Girls: Black Women Performers and the Shaping of the Modern (Duke University Press, 2008), as well as numerous articles on race, gender, global sound and post-coloniality. She is also the co-editor of special issues of Social Text and Women and Performance. Her current projects focus on race, technology, and utopias in speculative fiction and global... Read More →

Jace Clayton

Jace Clayton lives and works in New York City. Clayton uses an interdisciplinary approach to focus on how sound, memory, and public space interact, with an emphasis on low-income communities and the global South. His book on 21st century music and global digital culture will be published in 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Recent projects include Sufi Plug Ins, a free suite of music software-as-art, based on non-western conceptions of sound and... Read More →

Kyle Dargan

Kyle Dargan is the founder and editor of Post No Ills magazine and former managing editor of Callaloo. He is a co-editor, along with Deep Cotton\'s Chuck Lighting, of the forthcoming I Have a Scream anthology. He teaches literature and creative writing at American University in Washington, D.C.   Abstract: | | ""Do You Want More?" The Time and Space of Alternative Sonic Blackness" In 1961’s “Your Mama: 12 Moods for... 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 →

Keith + Mendi Obadike

Mendi Obadike makes music, art and literature. Her and Keith Obadike's works include The Sour Thunder, an Internet opera (Bridge Records), Crosstalk : American Speech Music (Bridge Records), a suite of new media artworks, Black.Net.Art Actions (published in re : skin on M.I.T Press), Big House / Disclosure, a 200 hour public sound installation (Northwestern University), and a poetry collection, Armor and Flesh (Lotus Press). Mendi and... Read More →

Friday March 23, 2012 4:00pm - 6:00pm
The Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life (GC) 238 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

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