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Shana L. Redmond

Shana L. Redmond is Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and, for 2015-2016, Visiting Associate Professor of African American Studies at UCLA. She is the author of Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora (NYU Press, 2014) and a co-editor and contributor to Critical Ethnic Studies: A Reader (Duke UP, 2016). Her current work includes a project pursuing the post-Civil Rights assemblage of Paul Robeson and another detailing the performative regimes of aid music.

“Roundtable: Verve and Fold: The Voice in Key(words)”
The voice is memorable and virulent in more ways than what it can record of the spoken word. Beyond Barthes’s grain, the voice is otherwise expository as it enters into a field of other constructions and events, methods and styles that are also available to interpretation. In order to distill this complex field, we’ve devised a roundtable of quick-fire keyword entries that take on some of the formidable sounds of our recent past and present, including the soaring fetes of Patti LaBelle and the technological extension of Wendy Carlos. Using a list of keywords, including vibration, harmony, and synthesized, the presentations will proceed as a continuous conversation in hopes of presenting a dynamic stream of consciousness that will detail the convergences and divergences of the voice and its approximation in the symphonic worlds of the late 20th and 21st century.

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