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McKelvey School of Engineering

Department of Music Lecture: Patrick Burke & Lauren Eldridge Stewart

Friday, October 22 | 3:00 PM

Music Classroom Building, 102
Music Classrooms Bldg, Clayton, MO 63105, USA

Patrick Burke - "Kongolandsbyen: Senegalese Music in Norway during the Age of Empire"

Kongolandsbyen, “the Congolese village,” was a popular feature of the 1914 Jubilee Exhibition held in Oslo’s Frogner Park to commemorate the centenary of Norway’s constitution. A troupe of eighty men, women, and children belonging to several ethnic groups within Senegal enacted a stereotyped vision of Africa in this staged community, which formed part of a larger trend of exhibitions of colonized peoples, or less euphemistically, “human zoos,” at fairs in the US and Europe. 

Lauren Eldridge Stewart - "Whose Mizik Klasik? Classical Music and the Boundaries of Genre in Haiti"

To those unfamiliar with Haiti, classical music may seem an unusual genre to associate with its national identity. However, once initiated into the network of summer camps that dot this country’s landscape, the complexity of both the genre and its use becomes more audible. Mizik klasik, or mizik savant (Largey, 2006), is simultaneously a broad category of practice and a contested narrative frame. Students may use it to refer to canonical European compositions or Haitian compositions from the written tradition. Both are practiced and performed regularly at recitals and concerts. 

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Patrick Burke, Associate Professor of Music, Washington University in St. Louis & Lauren Eldridge Stewart, Assistant Professor of Music, Washington University in St. Louis
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