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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Musikwissenschaft

Online Gastvorlesungsreihe im Sommersemester 2020

Die Gastvorträge finden im Sommersemester 2020 als Zoom-Sessions über Moodle statt. Sollten Sie Interesse an den Vorträgen haben, möchten wir Sie bitten, sich in die Moodle-Veranstaltung "Collegium Musicologicum" einzuschreiben. Dort erhalten Sie dann den entsprechenden Link sowie das Passwort für die jeweilige Veranstaltung.

The summer 2020 guest lectures will take place as online Zoom sessions. We recommend that all who are interested in the lectures sign up for the series using the Moodle site called "Collegium Musicologicum." On that site you will find the links to all Zoom sessions and you will receive the passwords from an administrator. If you are unable to sign up for a free Moodle account, do not wish to, or if you otherwise need assistance, please write to Dr. Sydney Hutchinson at hutchins@hu-berlin.de.


  • Donnerstag, 28. Mai 2020, 18 Uhr

Marissa Moorman (Indiana University)
Angolan Music: A Story of Dance, Politics, and Pleasure in 5 Songs

This presentation considers dance, pleasure, and politics in five Angolan songs. Let me re-state the title and idea as a question: what is the relationship between music, bodily movement/embodiment, joy, and relations of power? And let me be more specific: how does that relationship change over time, particularly between the late colonial period when Angola was ruled by Portugal and the first decades of Angola’s independence? How can music that is not explicitly critical be political? We will listen to music and consider album cover images and watch a short video clip. Along the way, I will ask you to listen closely and think with me so we can also explore the politics and pleasure of intellectual production too.

Marissa Moorman is a historian of southern Africa whose research focuses on the intersection between politics and culture in colonial and independent Angola. Her first book, Intonations: a Social History of Music and Nation in Luanda, Angola, 1945-Recent Times (2008), explores how music was a practice in and through which Angolans living under extreme political repression imagined the nation and how the particularities of music and historical moment cast this process in gendered terms. Her second book, Powerful Frequencies: Radio, State Power, and the Cold War in Angola, 1933-2002 (2019), looks at the relationship between the technology of radio and the shifting politics of southern Africa as anti-colonial movements established independent states in the context of a region newly charged by Cold War politics. This book attends to state dynamics of consolidation through techno-political processes and the human interferences that jam those grand plans. Whether music, radio, film, or photography (sound or visual), Moorman is interested in questions of mediation of presents that become pasts and the past as a discipline of study. She serves on editorial boards of the Radical History Review and Africa is a Country, where she also contributes as a blogger.


  • Donnerstag, 25. Juni 2020, 18 Uhr

Mariusz Kozak (Columbia University)
Why Do We Move to Music? (Why Do We Music to Move?)

The world over, music is accompanied by movement. Human movement is obviously necessary to produce sounds, but listeners also engage in bodily activity in response to those sounds, whether in the form of dance or more subtle gestures, like tapping their feet. However, the question of why this would be the case - a question so simple as to seem naïve - largely remains unanswered. In this talk I will offer one possible explanation based on a perspective drawn from embodied cognition, and also consider its reverse: perhaps it is not so much that we move to music, but that we participate in musical activities in order to structure our movements in a particular way.


  • Donnerstag, 9. Juli 2020, 18 Uhr

Maria Witek (University of Birmingham)
Feeling at One: Socio-Affective Distribution, Vibe, and Dance-Music Consciousness