Harmonic Earthquakes

This talk examines the music festival documented in 2004 called Banlieues Bleues, which featured African American musicians from the Association for the Advancement of Creative Music.  These musicians used improvisation to empower and give voice to children of color from marginalized Parisian suburban communities.  This talk interprets of the wave of car burnings that took place outside of Paris in 2005 and the popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt in light of improvisation and contestation.  Sarita McCoy Gregory is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Vassar College.

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