As sound scholars, we can sometimes take for granted the existence of a sonic trace to blow open our research. However, if you’re working between sound and Black Studies like Dr. Kristin Moriah, Assistant Professor of English at Queen’s University, contending with sonic absence shapes—and often compels—the work. Kristin’s research examines Black performance and recording, spanning from Black feminist political mobilization against lynching in the United States to African-American performers in Berlin during the fin-de-siècle. We discussed the intrinsic relationship between Black activism and Black soundscapes via music, poetics, and oration, and its importance toward liberation during this pertinent contemporary moment.
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Announcements | Black Lives Matter
SpokenWeb invites applications from black poets, spoken word artists, sound artists and curators whose work explores black experience in Canada through the use of voice and sound. Two fellowships of $5000 each will be offered through this program. Each successful candidate will receive a $5000 fellowship payable for a (virtual and/or in person) residency/creation period from September 1 – December 31, 2020, or, from January 1 – April 30 2021, as suitable to the project and recipient. […]
Opportunities | Black Lives Matter, Call for Artists, Fellowship, Residency
SpokenWeb lance une invitation aux personnes noires poètes, artistes de spoken word, artistes sonores ou commissaires d’expositions dont le travail explore l’expérience noire au Canada à travers la voix et le son. […]
Opportunities | Black Lives Matter, Call for Artists, Fellowship, Français, Residency