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Precarious Sounds // Sounding Sanctuary Conference

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Silver Center Block

28 Waverly Place

New York, NY 10003

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As music and sound scholars, we ask: What does this precarity sound like? How have music and sound strengthened communities’ resolve to live, persist, and resist as oceans, poverty, intolerance, and fascism rise? What relation do sounds and activism bear on the fight against precarity, as its condition of possibility? How can sound and music scholarship contribute to this activism?

Precarious Sounds // Sounding Sanctuary, hosted by NYU's FAS Music Department, will unfold over two days through a series of panels, performances, concerts, and multimedia installiations that explore how sound and music make, manifest, and mobilize against various kinds of precarity. We will discuss the role of sound and music in the struggle against the insecurity of disenfranchised, displaced, refugee, and targeted peoples since the War on Terror. We hope to collectively, critically expand and challenge prevalent conceptions of sound, activism, and precarity, and creatively bring these terms into relation.

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

11:45–1:15pm Silence and Sanctuary

1:15–2:30pm Lunch

2:30–4pm Listening Across the Mexico-U.S. Border

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


Saturday, February 17

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

10am–11:30 Colonial Legacies

11:45–1:15pm Soundscapes of Precarity and Struggle

1:15–2:30pm lunch ,

2:30–4pm Mediated Precarity

4–5:30pm Facilitated discussion and closing remarks


7–9:30pm Evening Concert


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