Space, Place and Music: New Research in the Study of Geography and Music

Type: Paper
Theme: Black Geographies
Sponsor Groups: Black Geographies Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Napoleon B2, Sheraton 3rd Floor
Organizers: Rashad Shabazz
Chairs: Rashad Shabazz


Music and geography is an area of research that examines the intersection between geography and the production of music. Geographers have been doing research in this area for decades. This panel seeks to build community and exchange ideas among people who are interested in space, place, and music. “Space and place” are more than just where music is made or distributed. They are central to the “sounding and resounding of music.” Indeed, space and place are critical to the production, comprehension, and likability of music. When we listen to music we’re hearing how culture, time, migration, power, industry, race, gender, sexuality, class, religion, climate, language and a host of other social, environmental and cultural factors that are rooted in place, gives rise to a particular kind of sound. No musician lives outside these forces and the music they make reflects them. Music is spatialized and this collection of panels will bring that idea to for fore.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Discussant Rashad Shabazz Arizona State University 20 10:00 AM
Presenter April L. Graham*, Mount Holyoke College, Still Sweatin': Spatializing Intersectional Identities and Place-Branding Within the Black House Music and Cultural Community in Chicago 20 10:20 AM
Presenter Omawu Enobabor*, , Alice Coltrane’s California Dream Realized: Black Spiritual Resistance as Black Radical Tradition in the California Landscape 20 10:40 AM
Presenter Jade Toneshia Nixon*, Centre of Criminology & Socio-Legal Studies, University of Toronto , We Jammin' Still: Meditations on Black Noise and Black Joy in Toronto's Caribbean Caribana Festival 20 11:00 AM

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