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Performing Commemoration: Musical Reenactment and the Politics of Trauma

March 31, 2017 - April 2, 2017

The UNC Department of Music, along with its co-sponsors, cordially invites you to join us for the conference “Performing Commemoration: Musical Reenactment and the Politics of Trauma” on Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2.

The conference papers and performances address the question: What is it to perform commemoration? Many scholars over the past few decades have attended to the performative dimension of commemorative activity—through such critical lenses as national and transnational cultures, the transfer of social memory, and the relation between individual and collective expression in music. In this conference, we ask what it is to think of commemoration as a performed mode of remembrance, and how the commemorative mode serves the ends of socialization and public power. We convene a conference to discuss the role of music in the performance of commemoration, in order to understand how diverse states, governments, organizations, communities, and individuals across the globe deploy the specter of trauma for public, private, or political ends. By so doing, we aim to trace out theoretical territory for performance in the study of memory, reenactment, and commemoration.

The events are free and open to the public and will be held on campus in Person Recital Hall. The schedule is as follows:

CONCERT: Friday, March 31, 7:30–9:00pm
William S. Newman Artists Series concert, featuring music by Debussy, Dessau, Kon, Prokofiev, Reger, Stravinsky, and Ullmann

CONFERENCE: Saturday, April 1, 9:15am–6:30pm
“Performing Commemoration” academic panels
Keynote address at 5:00pm by Vanessa Agnew, “Earwitness: Sonic Reenactments of the Holocaust”

CONFERENCE: Sunday, April 2, 9:00am–12:45pm
“Performing Commemoration” academic panel + concluding remarks

CONCERT: Sunday, April 2, 2:30–4:00pm
Talking Music Series concert, featuring original compositions by UNC faculty composers Allen Anderson and Stefan Litwin and Janice Misurell (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)


March 31, 2017
April 2, 2017
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