AffecTalks // Ian MacMillen / Playing it dangerously: belonging, exclusion and tambura sentiment

AffecTalks

Join us for the 1st lecture in the AffecTalks series

Ian MacMillen

Playing it dangerously: belonging and exclusion and the tambura sentiment

November 16, 2021, 11:00-12:30 CET

Zoom: https://cutt.ly/qTabLAF  

Ian MacMillen will present on his recent monograph, Playing It Dangerously (Wesleyan University Press, 2019). The book offers a new way to understand music and race, demonstrating how structures of belonging as well as exclusion arise as musicians’ feelings conflict with their discourses of diversity and inclusion. Based on fieldwork in Croatia, Serbia, Austria, and the U.S., it examines music’s affective mobilization beyond conscious thought, arguing for the centrality of material processes to the racialization of sentiment in tambura music. This genre-crossing practice serves as a site of both contestation and reconciliation for Croats, Roma, and Serbs since Croatia used it as a national symbol during the 1990s wars. The book demonstrates the dialectical dynamic between affective and discursive responses to differences in playing style, and how the denial of feeling ultimately helps to privilege ideas of tambura players as heroic male Croats, even as the music engenders diverse ethnic, racial, and gendered becomings.

Ian MacMillen is Lecturer in Music at Yale University and, for the Fall 2021 semester, a Fulbright Scholar in Bulgaria with a lectureship at New Bulgarian University. He previously directed the Center for Russian, East European & Central Asian Studies at Oberlin College & Conservatory, where he taught courses in Ethnomusicology and East European Studies. His research focuses on popular and traditional musics of Southeast Europe, with concentrated fieldwork projects in Eastern Croatia, Vojvodina (Serbia), and Sofia, Bulgaria. In addition to a monograph on tambura Music in Croatia (Wesleyan University Press, 2019), his research appears or is forthcoming in publications such as Ethnomusicology ForumEthnomusicologyHrvatski Tamburaški Brevijar, and the Oxford Handbook of Slavic Folklore. His current book project on music, memory, and forgetting has been solicited by the University of Chicago Press.

AffecTalks lecture series is organized within the project “Music and politics in the post-Yugoslav space: toward a new paradigm of politics of music in the 21st century”, financed by the Slovenian Research Agency (J6-9365).

Project team at Loud Memories, Turbo Folks: Mapping Sound, Image and Remembrance in the Post-Yugoslav Space

Two days in mid-September, the 16 and the 17, were an opportunity to hear a number of excellent presentations by a diverse group of researchers at the Loud Memories, Turbo Folks: Mapping Sound, Image and Remembrance in the Post-Yugoslav Space International Symposium September. 

The symposium, attended by our project team members, was driven by the desire to engage with the question how images, sounds, and memories (re)invent traditions, histories, and spaces of political intervention? The organisers, the Center for Cultural and Religious Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of

Ljubljana (CPKR, FDV (UL)), and the MGLC – International Centre of Graphic Arts, forwarded the question of what are the cultural dynamics and the affective charges of the post-Yugoslav condition? How do they travel across various media and across the borders of various posttransitional peripheries?

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First online seminar: Musica em Debate

The online discussion was hosted by Samuel Araujo and several ethnomusicological organizations in Brazil (Ethnomusicology Laboratory and Musiculture Group – Tide, UFRJ, UFPA Ethnomusicology Laboratory composed of the Studies Group on Music in Pará, Research Group on Music and Identity in the Amazon, both from UFPA, and the Studies Group of Music in the Amazon, from UEPA). 

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SIEF Working Group BASE: Bodies, Affects, Senses and Emotions 3rd workshop in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 4 and 5 June 2020

The 3rd BASE workshop seeks to explore the work which is currently being done by working group members and other researchers whose work focuses on the body, affects, senses and emotions.

We invite 20-minute presentations from scholars across the arts & humanities concerned with the focus of the working group – bodies, affects, emotions, senses – but taking a variety of perspectives (historical, synchronic etc). We especially welcome presentations that focus on “collective becomings” – affective politics in the time of global uprisings.

Proposals of no more than 300 words, accompanied by a max 100-word biography, should be submitted to Ana Hofman ahofman@zrc-sazu.si and to basewg@siefhome.org by Monday, 3 February 2020.

Workshop Convenor: Dr. Ana Hofman, Institute of Culture and Memory Studies, Research Centre of Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Venue: Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Local organising team: Dr. Ana Hofman, Dr. Martin Pogačar, Teja Komel Klepec (Institute of Culture and Memory Studies, Research Centre of Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts)

“Affection of Sounds and Politics in South-Eastern Europe: Challenges and Perspectives” panel at 2020 EASA conference

The panel will touch affection of sounds and politics in SE Europe in the widest anthropologically relevant aspects: from sound studies to anthropology of music and dance. It will especially theorize cross-sections of art and politics, work and leisure, affect and defiance, past and the present.

https://easaonline.org/conferences/easa2020/panels#8758

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Alenka Bartulović, Affective hospitality: sevdalinka and the new politics of solidarity in Slovenia

In the framework of Erasmus+ teaching exchange, Assist. Prof. Alenka Bartulović gave four lectures at the University of Zadar at the end of October. She addressed the imagining of the future in post-war Sarajevo and especially the role of music in antinationalist activism. In her second lecture she focused on affectivity and politics of Bosnian music, particularly sevdalinka in Ljubljana in the 1990s.

14th International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF)

Ana Hofman and Mojca Kovačič presented the project at the 14th International Society for Ethnology and Folklore(SIEF) congress entitled: “Track Changes: Reflecting on a Transforming World.” They presented the paper “Affective politics in a time of political exhaustion: a sonic view” in the panel Affect and atmospheres in the ethnographic betweenorganized by the SIEF Working Group on Body, Affects, Senses, and Emotions (BASE), organized by Deborah Kapchan (New York University) and Birgit Abels (Georg August University Göttingen).

More about the panel: https://nomadit.co.uk/conference/sief2019/p/7120

The project team joined the SIEF Working Group on Body, Affects, Senses, and Emotions  and participated at the group meeting.

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Panel at the meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Albuquerque, 2018

 

Panel and presentations, abstracts: This panel explores the political efficacy of music and sound in settings of political futility. Convening scholars working in diverse settings across the neoliberal global periphery (post-socialist former Yugoslavia, contemporary religious-nationalist India, and violent “post-conflict” Colombia), this panel focuses on how music and sound intervene, or are complicit, in a political atmosphere structured affectively by apathy, exhaustion, and capitulation.

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