Our next BSAW event will be focused around the work of Brent Hayes Edwards, who will be giving this year’s James Weldon Johnson lecture and holding a special workshop with our working group. Over the course of an illustrious career, Prof. Edwards has made significant contributions to the study of African-American and African diasporic literature, Francophone literature, 20th-century poetry, translation studies, black radical historiography, archive theory, and black music. The publication of his new book, Epistrophies: Jazz and the Literary Imagination (Harvard University Press, 2017), which was a decade in the making, promises to be a major event in the ongoing development of new jazz studies.
The James Weldon Johnson Memorial Lecture, entitled “Black Radicalism and the Archive,” will be held at Beinecke Library on Thursday, November 30, 2017 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
Our workshop with Prof. Hayes will be held the following morning, Friday December 1, from 10 AM – 12 noon in 106 Stoeckel Hall. As usual, we will have coffee and breakfast included.
To prepare for our workshop, please read Introduction and Chapters 1 and 3 from Epistrophies:
Brent Edwards, from Epistrophies
Friday, October 20, 10 AM – 12 PM in 107 Stoeckel Hall
For the fourth session of Black Sound and the Archive we will be joined by the pianist and scholar John Davis. John’s work on African American musicians and composers, especially his work on Blind Tom, have opened up new archives for scholarly study and historically informed performance.
To prepare for his visit, here is a pdf of “Bamboula! Black Music Before the Blues,” a catalog from an exhibition conceive by Davis at Brown University. You should also visit his website and listen to recordings there and on spotify.
Bamboula! exhibition catalog
John Davis Plays Blind Tom (on Spotify)
Daphne Brooks, “Puzzling the Intervals: Blind Tom and the Poetics of the Sonic Slave Narrative”
The third session of Black Sound and the Archive will meet on Friday, October 13th, 10 AM – NOON, in Beinecke Room 38-89. We will be meeting with four archivists from various collections at Yale to discuss issues pertaining to archival work on black sonic practices. The archivists are: Mark Bailey (Historical Sound Recordings), Melissa Barton (Beinecke), Emily DeLio (Gilmore Music Library), Libby Van Cleeve (Oral History of American Music). We are delighted to have them with us and look forward to a great discussion.
NOTE: Because we will be meeting in the Beinecke, all visitors must leave their bags and coats in the lockers provided on the main floor of the library. No food or drink will be allowed.
The second session of Black Sound and the Archive will meet on Friday, Sept. 22nd, from 10 AM – 12 PM in 106 Stoeckel. The meeting will be focused on theory and methods of working with the black sound archive. Daphne Brooks and Brian Kane will discuss their own work as case studies.
Readings for the session are linked below:
Diana Taylor (The Archive and the Repertoire ch 1)
Kara Keeling, Looking for M
Paul Gilroy The Black Atlantic Chapter 3
Richard Allen (The Function of a Jazz Archive)
Saidiya Hartman, Venus in Two Acts