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This panel presents a listening session and discussion on contemporary forms of resistance through music. We take our lead from musical expressions around contemporary social movements in the Caribbean and its diaspora to address, comparatively, sonically transgressive ways of knowing.
What has been the musical response to the failed promises of neoliberalism? This panel considers that in several contemporary contexts music is used as a 'sonically transgressive way of knowing' that articulates radical alternatives to the predicaments of modernity, ongoing colonialism, and emerging populist nationalism.
This panel presents a listening session and discussion of the anthropological implications of contemporary protest music. We will contextualise a selection of songs and recordings in relation to the historical backdrop of regional protest music, the emergence of new music genres, sonic responses to social anxieties, and political mobilisation. Some themes that we are interested in, but not limited to, are the musical mobilisations of contemporary transgressive movements such as Afro-Caribbean articulations of power, the #Me Too Movement, Black Lives Matter, current protests in Belarus, etc. We are interested in discussing the ways in which narratives of power associated with ethnicity, class, and gender take musical and sonic forms. We suggest that these sonic expressions of transgression present themselves in complete ethnographic form as a challenge to written ethnographic production.
We seek presentations and set-lists that consider how music goes beyond the representation of an ontology that is sonically different and strives to remap epistemological shifts in the methodologies, the politics and the poetics of our discipline.