The Bruno and Wanda Nettl Distinguished Lecture: “Music and Citizenship” – Dr. Martin Stokes

Dr. Martin Stokes, King Edward Professor of Music
King’s College London


Citizenship debates – traditionally focused on questions about property, liberty of the person, representation – shifted radically in the 1990s. Globalization pushed questions about ‘flexible citizenship’, about problems of inclusion and exclusion in a world of migrancy, war, and failed states. Feminist and queer movements made questions about sexual rights central to citizenship discourse, and with them the politics of feeling, emotion, and care. Responses to Habermas explored the idea of counter-publics, spaces of citizenly participation involving alternative structures of emotional disclosure and recognition. Preoccupied with matters of identity in the 1990s, ethnomusicology has, arguably, been slow to respond. This lecture looks at the place of music and musicians in constructions of citizenly virtue with four foci: emotion, environment, the body, the public sphere. It springs from questions that I explored in a recent book on Turkish music (The Republic of Love, University of Chicago Press, 2010), but traces the configurations of a more general and more global inquiry from the middle of the twentieth century on.

5:00 PM

Friday, September 4, 2015
Smith Memorial Hall Room 25
805 South Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801

Free and open to the public

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