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Precarious Sounds // Sounding Sanctuary Conference

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28 Waverly Place

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What can sound-makers and -thinkers tell us about the role of music, sound, and silence in struggles against precarity and the creation of sanctuary?

Precarious Sounds // Sounding Sanctuary, hosted by NYU's FAS Music Department, will unfold over two days of panels, performances, and multimedia installations.

Featured events include a Friday afternoon keynote by Prof. Josh Kun (University of Southern California) about his work with music and housing justice in San Francisco and a multimedia exhibit in NYU Bobst Library’s Avery Fisher Center.

Eighteen presenters discuss colonial legacies of a naval base in the Philippines, soundscapes of precarity on the streets of Cuba, mediation of struggles in a French refugee camp, listening practices across the Mexico-U.S. border, the political potentials of sonic blackness, and silence as tool of oppression or nurturing refuge.

Over twenty composers and performers explore precarity and sanctuary through chamber pieces, found objects, and sonic technologies, highlighting ecosystems in danger, the limits of the human body, America’s history of enslavement, the surveillance state, and memory as precarity and sanctuary.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Panels: NYU Silver Center • 28 Waverly Place, NY, NY 10003

9–10am Breakfast and opening remarks

10am–11:30 Sonic Blackness, Chair: Prof. Fred Moten

  • Jordan Musser
  • Justin D. Burton
  • Jocelyn Proietti

11:45–1:15pm Mediated Precarity, Chair: TBA

  • Adam Tinkle
  • Anaar Desai-Stephens
  • Alexander Marsden

1:15–2:30pm Lunch

2:30–4pm Listening Across the Mexico-U.S. Border, Chair: Prof. Alexandra Vazquez

  • Maryam Ivette Parhizkar
  • Iván Andrés Espinosa Orozco
  • Cintia Huitzil

4:30-6:15pm Keynote: Prof. Josh Kun

6:30–7:45pm Evening Reception and Installations, Avery Fisher Center, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library

70 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012

8–10:30pm Evening Concert, with performances and compositions by Dorian Wallace, Erich Barganier and Elizabeth A. Baker, Leah King and Sarah Chien, and Thessia Machado

Saturday, February 17

Panels: NYU Silver Center • 28 Waverly Place, NY, NY 10003

10am–11:30 Colonial Legacies, Chair: Prof. Christine Dang

  • Kevin Sliwoski
  • Brendan Kibbee
  • Ola Mohammed

11:45–1:15pm Soundscapes of Precarity and Struggle, Chair: Prof. Michael Beckerman

  • Katsy Pline
  • Danika Paskvan
  • Andrés García Molina

1:15–2:30pm lunch

2:30–4pm Silence and Sanctuary, Chair: Prof. Suzanne G. Cusick

  • Miranda Fedock
  • Rebecca Lentjes
  • Maya Cunningham

4–5:30pm Facilitated discussion and closing remarks

7–9:30pm Evening Concert, with performances and compositions by Amelia Marzec, Ben Roidl-Ward and Isidora Nojkovic, Bryan Hayslett, Marilyn Nonken, Camila Agosto, and Terri Hron

Co-sponsored by

NYU Center for the Humanities*
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS)*
Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Division of the Humanities*
Departments of:

Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA)*
Middle East and Islamic Studies (MEIS)*
Media, Culture, and Communication (MCC)*
Performance Studies

Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies*
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)*
NYU Sanctuary Coalition

* We especially thank NYU Center for the Humanities, GSAS, FAS Division of the Humanities, SCA, MEIS, MCC, the Kevorkian Center, and CLACS for their generous financial contributions to make this conference possible.

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