Symposium Transkulturalität_mdw: Music & Racism

Symposium Transkulturalität_mdw: Music & Racism

Music and dance come in various forms and styles, local traditions and transcultural practices with various social meanings and functions. Against the backdrop of histories of coloniality, migration and violent othering, music and dance are tied to processes of racialization and forms of racism. The way music and dance are attached to cultural and social value clearly mirrors racial divides and larger geopolitical hegemonies. While music and dance may imply racist views and understandings, they also serve as an important mode of challenging mentioned power imbalances, as a medium for anti-racist strategies. At the same time, they can open new ways of collectively relating to each other.

The symposium Transkulturalität_mdw gathered international artists and researchers to share their approached to the topic Music and Racism: from Roma Music and Antiziganism to Creolization in New Orleans; from Critique on Coloniality and Eurocentrism to Racism in Western Classical Art Music. The symposium also featured a film screening of Aşk, Mark ve Ölüm (Love, D-Mark and Death, Cem Kaya 2022) and a performance and party curated by Salam Oida.

Symposium Transkulturalität_mdw: Music & Racism
  • Symposium Transkulturalität 2023 (Day 1)

    5 May 2023, Fanny Hensel-Hall

    3.00–3.30 pm Opening

    Welcome Address: Gerda Müller, Vice Rector for Organisational Development, Gender & Diversity, mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

    Introductory Remarks: Marko Kölbl, Director of the Department of Folk Music Research and Ethnom...

  • Rebecca Snedeker (Day 2)

    6 May 2023, Fanny Hensel-Hall

    Paper Presentation: Rebecca Snedeker, Tulane University
    The L’Union Creole Spring Concert Series: Love and Life on the Cornerstore Dancefloor

  • Carol Silverman (Day 2)

    6 May 2023, Fanny Hensel-Hall

    Paper Presentation: Carol Silverman, University of Oregon
    Intersectionality and Balkan Romani Activism: Musicians Respond to Xenophobia

  • Kim Vaz-Deville (Day 2)

    6 May 2023, Fanny Hensel-Hall

    Paper Presentation: Kim Vaz-Deville, Xavier University of Louisiana
    “Coming Out the Door”: Baby Dolls and Triumphal Entry on Mardi Gras Day

  • Diljeet Kaur Bhachu (Day 2)

    6 May 2023, Fanny Hensel-Hall

    Paper Presentation: Diljeet Kaur Bhachu, Musicians’ Union, UK
    I Thought It Was Normal to Be the Only One: On Becoming Aware of Racism

  • Panel Discussion (Day 2)

    6 May 2023, Fanny Hensel-HallChair: Marko Kölbl

    Panel Discussion: Shanti Suki Osman, Seba Kayan, Diljeet Kaur Bhachu, Asma Aiad
    Diversity WTF – Forms of Exclusion in Music and Art Universities