The 2021 Pop Convergence: A Virtual Pop Conference, April 22-25th
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Saturday, April 24 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Shifting Cultural Memory: Explorations in Black Voice (Room A: Sky Church)

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Shifting Cultural Memory: Explorations in Black Voice (Room A: Sky Church)

“Don't waste your candor/On bystanders” sings Moses Sumney. This panel considers the power candid Black voices posess, how they can convert bystanders into activists, lovers, joyful children, writers, fans. From Sumney to Odetta, from Cynthia Dagnal-Myron to Chance the Rapper, the panel explores how Black voices and bodies have been marked by personal and collective history, and how they speak to it.

The order of papers will be: Landgraf, Shaviro, De Coste, and Mack.

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Melissa A. Weber

Curator, Hogan Archive of New Orleans Music and New Orleans Jazz, Tulane University Special Collections
Hailing from New Orleans, Melissa A. Weber serves as curator of the Hogan Archive of New Orleans Music and New Orleans Jazz, a division of Tulane University Special Collections. She also teaches a History of Urban Music course in the College of Music and Media at Loyola University... Read More →

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Steven Shaviro

MOSES SUMNEY: SHADES OF “GRAE”Moses Sumney’s 2020 album grae struggles over what it means to be “in-between,”" to be “multiple,” to experience one’s identity as “a kind of patchwork” – in short, what it means to not fit into any of the binaries that conventionally... Read More →
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Skye Landgraf

MA candidate, English, George Washington University.
Odetta Sings Dylan and the Sonic Labor of Black Female MusiciansThis talk will explore the oft overshadowed role of black women artists in the protest archive by examining the artistic relationship between Odetta, often referred to as the voice of the civil rights movement, and Bob... Read More →
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Kyle DeCoste

PhD Candidate, Ethnomusicology, Columbia University
Lil Chano From 79th: Voicing Black Boy Joy in the Music of Chance the RapperIn 2016, journalist Danielle Young coined the hashtag #BlackBoyJoy to describe Chance the Rapper’s creative output—in particular, the carefree Black boyhood he epitomizes through his music. As hashtags... Read More →
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Kimberly Mack

“It's our version of Almost Famous, huh?”: Towards a Reimagined Canon of Rock CriticismRock music is Black music. Evolving out of the blues and, later, rhythm and blues, rock and roll circa 1950s-early 1960s had a Black face, with artists like Chuck Berry and Little Richard leading... Read More →

Saturday April 24, 2021 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT
Room A: Sky Church