History seminars at the IHR
Marxism in Culture
Convenors: Matthew Beaumont, Dave Beech, Alan Bradshaw, Warren Carter, Gail Day, Steve Edwards, Larne Abse Gogarty, Esther Leslie, David Mabb, Antigoni Memou, Chrysi Papaioannou, Nina Power, Dominic Rahtz, Pete Smith, Peter Thomas & Alberto Toscano.
Contacts: For further information, please contact Larne Abse Gogarty at email@example.com or Chrysi Papaioannou at firstname.lastname@example.org. The link to the web-site is http://www.marxisminculture.org.
Venue: Wolfson Room I, unless otherwise stated in the programme below.
Time: Friday, 5.30pm
Nanotechnology: Imagining the Invisible
Norah Campbell (Trinity College)
Abstract: Advertisements for high-technology products and services visualize processes and phenomena which are unvisualizable, such as globalization, networks and information. We turn our attention specifically to the case of nanotechnology advertisements, using an approach that combines visual and sonic culture. Just as phenomena such as complexity and networks have become established in everyday discourse, nanotechnology seizes the social imaginary by establishing its own aesthetic conventions. Elaborating Raymond Williams’ concept of structures of feeling, we show that in visualizing nanotechnology, its stakeholders employ spaces, verbs, and objects of feeling. These favorable nanotechnology structures of feeling are woven into the social imaginary, recursively producing the reality they describe.
A special session on music and radical politics convened by Cesura Acceso with the following speakers:
Sean will present an extract from his (still in progress) book on Amiri Baraka, about the impact Sun Ra had on Baraka's ideas about the meaning of politically engaged art, and in particular, upon his work with the Harlem based Black Arts Repertory Theatre.
Walter Benjamin and the Black Atlantis
Ayesha will present a series of sounds and images that she has been collecting in an assembly called Black Atlantis – a project that looks at the Black Atlantic and its afterlives in contemporary illegalized migration at sea, in oceanic environments, through Afrofuturistic dancefloors and soundsystems and in outer space. Using Walter Benjamin's concept of the dialectical image she will examine how to think through sound, image, water, violence and history as elements of an active archive; and time travel as an historical method.
The Loss of Innocence and the Growth of Despair: The Contradiction of Childhood in Contemporary Music
Rarely remarked upon, the child's voice has frequently featured as a trope in pop musics; from folk, to soul, to hip hop; from Magical Power Mako, to Archie Shepp, to Jay Z. Drawing on social theories of children and childhood, this paper seeks to understand the ways in which young voices have been employed to evoke particular musical affects.
Title and abstract to be confirmed
Nick Beech (Oxford Brookes)
Please note: this session takes place in the Torrington Room, 104, in the South Block, on the first floor