Program: Race and Empire in Global Music History, 1500-1800


Race and Empire in Global Music History, 1500-1800

A research conference organized by Olivia Bloechl (Music) and Molly Warsh (History) 

March 30-31, 2018

Humanities Center (CL 602)

University of Pittsburgh

March 30, 2018

8:30–9 a.m.: Welcome and preliminary remarks


9 a.m.–12 p.m.: Music, Race, and Indigeneity in the Americas (Glenda Goodman, University of Pennsylvania, chair) 

Sarah Eyerly, Florida State University
An Indigenized Mozart: ‘Ave verum corpus’ in Labrador

Bonnie Gordon, University of Virginia
Echoes of the Haitian Revolution

Rogério Budasz, University of California, Riverside
Between Social Stratification and Racial Containment: "Opera" Companies in Mato Grosso and Rio de Janeiro, 1780-1820s

Glenda Goodman (respondent)

12–1 p.m.: Lunch

1–3 p.m.: Blackness and Black Musicians in European Music (Kate Van Orden, Harvard University, chair)

Eric Rice, University of Connecticut
Orlando di Lasso’s Musical Representations of Black African Slaves in Sixteenth-Century Munich

Emily Wilbourne, CUNY Graduate Center/Villa i Tatti
Finding Giovannino “il Moro”: Looking for Blackness in the Archives of Medici Florence

Kate Van Orden (respondent)

3–3:30 p.m.: Break and refreshments

3:30–5 p.m.

Keynote address

Edda Fields-Black, Carnegie Mellon University
Casop: A Requiem for Rice

March 31, 2018

9 a.m.–12 p.m.: Sound and Song in the Caribbean (Chair TBD)

Molly Warsh, University of Pittsburgh
Soundscapes of Labor in the Global Early Modern Caribbean

Pedro Memelsdorff, Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya/ Fondazione Giorgio Cini
Une âme? Staging Slavery in French Haiti

Julia Prest, University of St Andrews
Color-conscious Comparisons and Color-blind Casting in Colonial Saint-Domingue

Respondent TBD

12–1 p.m.: Lunch

1–3 p.m.: Music in Eurasian Encounters (Hyun Kyong Chang, Yale University, chair)

Makoto Harris Takao, Center for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human Development
Beyond Cultural Imperialism: Music as Local Agency in Japanese Christian Communities of the Sixteenth Century

Lester Hu, University of Chicago
Trans-Eurasian Resonances of Two Eighteenth-Century Music querelles

Hyun Kyong Chang, Yale University, respondent

3–3:30 p.m.: Break and refreshments

3–5 p.m.: Coloniality/Modernity and the Times of Music History: A Roundtable with Walter Mignolo (Molly Warsh, University of Pittsburgh, chair)

Edda Fields-Black, Carnegie Mellon University

Olivia Bloechl, University of Pittsburgh

Katherine Schofield, King’s College, London

Gabriel Solis, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Walter Mignolo, Duke University (respondent)


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