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Research Colloquium: Tina K. Ramnarine
November 20, 2018 @ 5:15 pm - 7:15 pmFree
Tina K. Ramnarine (Royal Holloway)
Music, Indentureship and the Cultures of Decolonisation
2017 marked the centenary of the abolition of indenture. This talk will offer some reflections on music in this system of labour, focusing on revisionist enquiry and the narration of global histories in the cultures of decolonisation. The key concern is to understand decolonisation as a creative process, as well as a historical and political one. The conceptual import of Gandhi’s ‘experiments with truth’, which first developed a political reach in the context of Indian indenture within the British Empire but left a fractured legacy in the decolonising era, is considered in relation to participatory research and intellectual responsibility. The talk shifts discussion from an oppositional narrative of decolonisation towards more complex views of cultural and intellectual interactions.
Tina K. Ramnarine is a musician, anthropologist and global cultural explorer. She has published widely on musical performance, politics and arts responses to global challenges. Her publications include three books and three edited volumes, most recently Global Perspectives on Orchestras: Collective Creativity and Social Agency (2018). She is Professor of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London.
The Colloquia feature leading figures, as well as younger scholars, from across the world. They present their research in papers on all kinds of music-related topics. Graduate students Jason Weir and Rosie McMahon organise the series. Presentations are followed by discussion and a drinks reception. Students, staff, and the general public are warmly encouraged to attend.