Music as critical theory: Knowing and being through musical performance

Lectures, talks and seminars

MY305 (Murphy Building Level 3) Kelburn Campus

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Music as critical theory has generous yet complex scope for emancipatory and restorative social change, which is at once indelible, expansive, contesting and challenging. Bonnie's participants are locally-based musicians writing and performing music which supports intersectional feminism and decolonisation, demonstrate the significance of music as critical theory across their creative works and in conversation with her about them. In this seminar, Bonnie will share two key ideas from her first round of data collection; Affect, Music and Collectivity, and Vulnerability and Hope. Both of these ideas illustrate how musical performances are important sites of critical theory in that lived experience, knowledge and collective mobilization are held together at once through subversive, politically-conscious everyday practice manifest in the music performed by her participants.

Speaker Bios

Bonnie is a PhD Candidate in Sociology with the School of Social and Cultural Studies, Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

For more information contact: Gill Blomgren 04 463 5677