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South Asia and its Diaspora: Musical Performances in the Cultures of Decolonization

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CONFERENCE - 4 November 2017

SOUTH ASIA AND ITS DIASPORA: MUSICAL PERFORMANCES IN THE CULTURES OF DECOLONIZATION

The Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ, UK

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: PROFESSOR TINA K. RAMNARINE

Decolonization is a creative process, as well as a historical and political one. Interdisciplinary critical attention to creative processes offers insights into the cultures of decolonization. This conference reflects on these creative processes by focusing on the musical performances and dance of South Asia and its Diaspora. It takes a broad view of musical performances, encompassing auditory experiences in cross-arts projects and sacred expressions. It is hosted in connection with the Horniman Museum’s summer series, featuring the diversity of South Asian music, as well as its creative resonances with contemporary culture in the UK. Music, dance, installations and film screenings will highlight creative practices ranging from traditional music to urban electronic experimental projects. This conference informs critical listening and thinking around these performance events.

To view the provisional programme, papers abstracts and to book tickets for the conference, please visit the Horniman website page: http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/conference-south-asia-and-its-diaspora

A principal aim of the conference is to highlight current research on South Asian and diasporic musical and dance performances, especially in relation to decolonization, since 2017 marks 70 years of Indian Independence and the centenary of the abolition of Indian indentureship.

Papers will consider some of the following topics:

·           How is traditional practice sustained in the cultures of decolonization?

·           What kinds of cross-arts creative innovations emerge from decolonizing relationships between South Asia, the South Asian Diaspora and the UK?

·           How do creative exchanges create new performance and listening contexts, and new genres?  

·         How do external factors shape local performance and consumption, and how do global economic markets and circulations impact on them? How do symphony orchestras and electronic music, for example, shape contemporary South Asian and diasporic practices? 

·           What is the intellectual responsibility of performance-based scholars in engaging with community projects and re-assessing Commonwealth relationships?


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