Webinaire « Orchestrating Isolation. Musical Interventions and Inequality in the COVID-19 Fallout », organisé par Shzr Ee Tan, Royal Holloway University of London, et Kiku Day, Goldsmiths, University of London, avec le support de l’Institute of Musical Research, 22 juin 2020.
« This webinar calls to attention the devastation caused by COVID to music practitioners and researchers in precarious labour and education, even as we mourn the traumatic losses of artists, scholars and teachers to the disease. It is interventionist while remaining reflective in its commitment to not simply ‘waiting it out’ at a time when the world is no longer going to be the same again, in spite—or because—of the fact that basic systems of society continue to run, tenuously and miraculously at unimaginable costs: COVID-19-related racism, inequality in healthcare provision, economic impacts of industry shutdowns (not least music and live entertainment), closing of national borders; devastation of livelihoods.
What can and should (ethno)musicologists, musicians, composers do? We do not simply ‘press pause’, but rethink the way we make, write (about) and teach music. While we acknowledge that things cannot go on as before, we remember that in the pre-2020 world, there already existed complex, musical global challenges whose need for addressing should not be diminished a force majeure event. We are committed to exploring how inequalities and (incl. race- and class-based) marginalities intersect with evolving catastrophic developments that are not as society-levelling as imagined. »
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