Slave Sound

14 February 2008, 13:30 - 15:00


Professor Tim Armstrong (Royal Holloway)

In Slave Sound Tim Armstrong discusses the persistent linkage between slavery and the culture of sonic reproduction: the idea that the sound of slavery (and particularly the sound of its pain) might echo around the world; that it is collected in specific implements; that it is present as a particular echo in the Spirituals and Blues; in particular performers; and that it is released in various texts written on the borders of slave memory: Jean Toomer's Cane; the WPA slave narratives. This observation leads to further reflections on the master-slave relationship as it is implicated in sonic reproduction.


This event is part of the Intermedia Research Group Seminar Series.

Meetings are held on alternate Thursdays during term-time, 1.30pm-3.00pm at CRASSH.


All welcome.  No registration required.