Exciting Spring '19 History of Music course offering: HOM 400 "World Music and World Cities"

November 5, 2018

HOM 400 | World Music and World Cities | Spring 2019

Instructor: Dr. Darien Lamen

MW 5:15-6:35 PM | Bowne Hall 104

If the term “world music” once conjured up Frappuccino-infused fantasies of a harmonious “global village,” today the term invokes a range of electronic and mass-mediated pop that is decidedly more urban and dystopian. What social, economic, and technological phenomena account for the proliferation of genres sometimes termed “global ghettotech,” and how can we best go about studying them?

What questions does this music raise about the relationship between globalization and urbanization; spatial segregation and race; noisy takeovers of urban space and insurgent movements demanding a “right to the city”? 

Over the course of the semester we consider musical case studies drawn from cities in Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, and the United States. Ultimately, this course aims to equip you with some conceptual and methodological tools for studying emergent popular music within, about, and for the 21st century city.

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