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Seminar by Martin Stokes - Voice as "image and agent" of citizenship

March 3, 2021
13:00 - 14:00

The making of citizens in and through music is a 19th century commonplace. But the ground of this longstanding musicological discussion has shifted with globalization, mobility and the parlous condition of nation and state today. What does it now mean to label a musician an ‘ideal citizen’, or to consider the musician, pace Avelar and Dunn, as the 'image and agent' of citizenship? And what (different) meanings might this have in the postcolonial state? In the 'failed' or 'failing' state? This talk considers three 'culturally intimate' voices as signs of citizenship, in Algeria, Indonesia and Ukraine.


Martin Stokes is the King Edward Professor of Music at King's College London. His books include The Republic of Love: Cultural Intimacy in Turkish Popular Music and, most recently, Theory and Practice in the Music of the Islamic World: Essays in Honour of Owen Wright (with Rachel Harris). He has also taught at Queen's University of Belfast, The University of Chicago, and Oxford. In recent years he has held visiting positions at Boğaziçi and Berkeley and is an honorary professor at The University of Copenhagen.

Image: Abd al-Halim Hafiz at the Opera (Cairo).

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Name Amanda Kirkpatrick