Next Colloquium (4/3): David Samuels (NYU)

on folk revivalism in the XX century

Tuesday, 3 APRIL (5:15), room 102: DAVID SAMUELS (NEW YORK UNIVERSITY)

Title: Early Folk World: Searching for Humanity in 20th Century Industrial Modernity

Abstract: The twentieth century was witness to an ethical discourse about the scope of the human that took its cues from a discussion of how people should sound. The tones and timbres of vocal and instrumental music became key reference points in a dialogue about how to maintain one’s humanity under the conditions of modern urban industrial capital. Three interlocked musical movements—historical performance, folk revivalism and world music—represent overlapping attempts to retrieve an ethical human existence within the contexts of the perceived dehumanizing processes of industrial modernity. The three share common arguments about the human body and the value of social participation as important locations in which to find continued expressions of humanity in the contemporary world.