Working Session: Sounds of the Pacific
Organizers: Karen Fox, Andie Palmer, Nancy Lutkehaus, and Eric Silverman
We had six presentations and another 6 to 8 dedicated and engaged participants who made very useful and enthusiastic comments. Presentations included:
Although the subjects discussed ranged from traditional Sepik region bamboo flute music to Tongan Morman hip hop hymns performed at kava clubs in Salt Lake City, there were several common themes and topics that began to emerge through the papers, including the concept of changing soundscapes, the nature of sonic or aural memory, the role of affect, identity and place as expressed through song and sound more broadly, and music as a form of "soft diplomacy" or resistance. After having met for several years as a working session with a varying set of participants at previous ASAO meetings, we have decided to advance next year to a symposium in Auckland, where we understand there is a particularly vibrant scene for music and the study of ethnomusicology with which we hope to engage. In Auckland we anticipate an additional two to four presentations, including papers presented at earlier working sessions by Andie Palmer and Eric Silverman, as well as new papers from Christiane Falke and Alphonse Aime. Questions and interest in the session should be sent to the session's organizers.
Andie Palmer, Department of Anthropology, University of Alberta <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Karen Fox, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta <Karen.email@example.com>;
Eric K. Silverman, Research Professor of Anthropology, Wheelock College <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Nancy Lutkehaus, Professor of Anthropology and Political Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles <email@example.com>