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.
Article, Interviews, SPOKENWEBLOG | 19th century, A Voice from the South, African-American literature, archive, Arrested Development, Berlin, Black feminism, Black Lives Matter, Black performance, fin-de-siècle, Ida B. Wells, Kristin Moriah, Mendi + Keith Obadike, Queen's University, Sonic colour line, The Red Record