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Sonic Resistance in the Neoliberal Era (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Stephanie Doktor

Einzeltermin | Di, 18.10.2022, 18:00 - Di, 18.10.2022, 20:00 | Online-Veranstaltung | online (Vorbesprechung)
Einzeltermin | Fr, 09.12.2022, 14:00 - Fr, 09.12.2022, 20:00 | C 16.207 | C 16.207
Einzeltermin | Sa, 10.12.2022, 10:00 - Sa, 10.12.2022, 17:00 | C 16.207 | C 16.207
Einzeltermin | So, 11.12.2022, 10:00 - So, 11.12.2022, 17:00 | C 16.207 | C 16.207
Einzeltermin | Do, 19.01.2023, 18:00 - Do, 19.01.2023, 20:00 | Online-Veranstaltung | online (Nachbesprechung)

Inhalt: The 1980s ushered in a new modality of late-stage capitalism—neoliberalism—where “all conduct is economic conduct,” according to political theorist Wendy Brown. The ideologies cohering this economic structure saturate our culture with grave ramifications for musicians. By subsidizing private corporations instead of public citizens, new state policies demand that we rethink the relationship between music and money, creativity and profit. In this course, we first build a foundation of knowledge on the historical development of these policies and their attendant ideologies. We then analyze the shocking tales of the U.S. music industry from the 1980s to now. Taken as an assumption that capitalism is an inherently exploitative system, our inquiries center on the sounds of power and inequality. This course asks you to closely examine the political economies of music production to find rich answers to our primary question: Can we hear late-stage capitalism and what does its resistance sound like? Capitalism is a relatively recent invention and neoliberalism, a governing rationality that developed over the last few decades. For this reason, we will dare to imagine a post-capitalist future for music—its creators, its listeners, its sounds. By identifying the exploitative features of this rationality, we will devise new musical worlds free of systematic oppression.