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Schroeder Lecture Series


David Schroeder Music and Culture lecture series

This lecture series was begun to coincide with the advent of the graduate program as a way of offering our graduate students access to a broader range of scholars, and is named in honor of Dr. David Schroeder a distinguished musicologist who recently retired from Dalhousie University. Read the Dal News article about Dr. Schroeder's retirement and the creation of the lecture series.

The series usually includes three lectures a year, scheduled on Thursdays from 12 to 1 p.m. in room 406 of the Dal Arts Centre. Attendance is required of all graduate students. Free admission.

This year's lectures

This series hosts guest speakers in four public lectures for 2017-18.  All lectures are free and open to the public and held on Thursdays at noon in Arts Centre 406 (MacAloney Room).

September 21

DEBORAH MCGRADY, University of Virginia

SILENCING THE SIRENS: Guillaume de Machaut's Anxious Dealings with Song
Celebrated today as the greatest composer of his century, Guillaume de Machaut appears to have struggled during his lifetime to assure that his musical accomplishments were as appreciated as his poetic talents. His literary magnum opus, the True Story, can be read as a self-reflective exploration of the challenges a learned medieval man faced as a master of song. This romance uses inserted song, private letters, and poetry to document a purported true love affair initiated by a young noble woman who professed that Guillaume’s musical fame had ignited an enduring love for the aging composer. Rather than detailing a love affair, the True Story tells the tale of one man’s struggles with a living siren who sought to undo him.  
Deborah McGrady is an Associate Professor of French whose research centres on medieval French literature.
January 25

MARTHA RADICE, Dalhousie University

CRAFTING CARNIVAL, CRAFTING COMMUNITY: The New Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Over the last three decades, and especially since Hurricane Katrina, a new wave of carnival parading clubs or ‘krewes’ has emerged in New Orleans, taking a handmade aesthetic and progressive politics to the streets during carnival season. This talk discusses what people get out of the practical work of this public cultural production. As krewe members spend hundreds of hours and dollars making material things for their parade—costumes, throws, and floats—they are also making intangible things, like belonging.
Martha Radice
is an urban anthropologist whose research interests include public space, public art and public culture; interethnic relations; and neighbourhoods, community and sociability. She has recently published articles about cosmopolitanism, conviviality, and the publicness of public art, and a book co-edited with Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier on public art interventions in Canadian cities. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University.

March 1

KYRA GAUNT, State University of New York, Albany

BOOTY HOPSCOTCH (KEEP THAT A$$ JUMPIN'): Exploiting Tween Girls Twerking in YouTube's Corporate-Controlled Spaces
How does YouTube normalize the sexploitation of the tween Black girls’ musical play in user-generated content (UGC). Employing over 600 YouTube twerking videos, uploaded between 2008 and 2014, we examine the “bottom-lines” of black girls’ online fan labor and who profits.
Kyra Gaunt is an ethnomusicologist and a social media researcher who has been on faculty at Baruch College-CUNY,  Hunter College-CUNY, New York University, and the University of Virginia. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses leading to a multi-disciplinary approach to black music studies that incorporates sociology, anthropology, political sociology, race/racism studies, gender and feminist studies, digital humanities, and new media studies.

April 5

GEARÓID Ó HALLMHURÁIN, Concordia University

GLOBAL CURRENTS, LOCAL TIDES: Re-Imagining Irish Traditional Music in the 21st Century
Irish traditional music is arguably one of the most popular World Music genres of our time. Although its eponymous home on the island of Ireland is still its creative centre of gravity, Irish “trad music" has expanded far beyond its former ethnic, spatial, class and political boundaries. This lecture will explore this sonic transformation from the "inside out" and the "outside in,” investigating the rhizomorphic forces—indigenous, diasporic, virtual, prosthetic—that forged Ireland’s national and transnational soundscape during the past century.
Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin is an award-winning Irish musician, ethnomusicologist and cultural historian. Formerly Jefferson Smurfit Chair of Irish Studies and Professor of Music at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, he is the inaugural holder of the bilingual Johnson Chair in Québec and Canadian Irish Studies at Concordia University



 

Previous lectures

Paul Theberge, Carleton University
Gould and Scriabin: Extending Interpretation Beyond the Boundaries of Music

Heather Sparling, Cape Breton University
Moving Memories: Disaster Songs as Vernacular Commemorations of Death

Phanuel Antwi, Saint Mary’s University
Sounding the Past: Dub Poetry as an Ethical Encounter in the Black Atlantic

Professor Derek Charke, Acadia University
Composing Extremes - a sound journey to the floe edge: The art of sound recording in the far north

Professor Mary Ann Smart, UC Berkeley
Speculative Fictions and 'Smart' Machines: Staging Humanism and Post-humanism in Wagner's Ring CycleMarch

Professor Susan Fast, McMaster University
Michael Jackson's Queer Musical Belongings