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Seminar in Ethnomusicology and Sound Studies: Luis-Manuel Garcia

October 12 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Interpellation and the Ethical Turn in Electronic Dance Music

Luis-Manuel Garcia, University of Birmingham

Recently, electronic dance music (EDM) discourse in cities around the globe has shown an increasing interest in rediscovering the genre’s roots in subaltern communities. In this paper I track the “call to ethical action” in EDM communities in Berlin, attending to the various forms the “call” takes as nightlife organizers summon dancer-listeners to political engagement. Such appeals manifest as musical invocations, sonic conjurations, verbal appellations, and visual demonstrations. I use Althusser’s notion of “interpellation” to highlight the coercive ideological force of the call as well as its impact on subjectivity. This paper provides an account of this emerging appellative practice, which seeks to reshape audiences by hailing them as political subjects.

Luis-Manuel Garcia is Lecturer in Ethnomusicology and Popular Music Studies in the Department of Music at the University of Birmingham. His principal research is on electronic dance music scenes (e.g., house, techno, etc.), with a special focus on issues of affect, sexuality, tourism, and the creative industries.

Further information can be found at: https://ethnomusicologyandsoundstudies.wordpress.com


October 12
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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