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Saturday, April 28 • 9:00am - 11:00am
Black Spirit

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  1. Diana Buendía "My Blood, My Eyes: Ibeyi Within the Politics of Afro Cubanidad & Transcultural Spectatorship"
  2. Ashon Crawley "The Hammond B-3: Blackness and Circum-sacred Performance"
  3. James Hill "I’ll Be Grotesque Before Your Eyes: Black Religion, Michael Jackson, and the Monstrosity of Racial Performativity"
  4. Christina Zanfagna "The Bondage of Bling: Chain Gangs in Pop Music from Black Power to Black Lives Matter"
Moderator: RJ Smith

What does the concept of the spiritual do to the sound heard, the sound felt, the hearing and feeling of worlds otherwise? These worlds otherwise would be heard and felt as the suffusion of that which stands with and before and against normative understandings of spacetime as linear and forward propulsive. These worlds otherwise would be heard and felt as a critique to the concept of the normative world and its production of racial, class, gender and national stratifications, hierarchies and violences that attend such differentiation. This panel brings together four papers that attempt to think the concept of the spiritual with relation to black sound, sounds of blackness, to intervene into performance studies and sound studies by way of black sonic cultural production as a force and verve and practice.


Diana Buendía

Diana Buendía is from Guayaquil, Ecuador and lives, works and writes in Los Angeles. She moved to the U.S. to get her undergraduate degree in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a graduate degree in arts journalism from the School of the Art Institute of... Read More →
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Ashon Crawley

Ashon Crawley teaches Religious Studies and African American and African Studies at University of Virginia. He is author of Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility (2016)."The Hammond B-3: Blackness and Circum-sacred Performance" Black life is circum-sacred performance... Read More →
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James Hill

James Hill is a PhD student (Religious Studies) at Northwestern University. His research draws upon a multidisciplinary array of scholarship including necropolitics, race, performance studies, and cultural studies in the Americas and throughout Atlantic geographies. His work also... Read More →
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RJ Smith

RJ Smith is author most recently of American Witness: The Art and Life of Robert Frank. He’s been an editor at Cincinnati magazine and Los Angeles magazine. He has written for GQ, the New York Times, Spin, the Village Voice, Yeti and more. He is currently working on a biography... Read More →
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Christina Zanfagna

Christina Zanfagna is an ethnomusicologist and Associate Professor at Santa Clara University Her recent book, Holy Hip Hop in the City of Angels, explores the intersections of religion, race, and geography in gospel rap in Los Angeles. Christina has written journalistic and scholarly... Read More →

Saturday April 28, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am PDT
Learning Labs MoPOP, 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109

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