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Sounding Identities: Media and the Sonic Signification of Difference

April 21, 2017
02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Humanities Center Conference Room D

Dr. Meina Yates-Richard
Syracuse University

This mini-seminar will focus on the ways in which sound and media have inflected perceptions of race and gender. Dr. Meina Yates-Richard will lead participants through a discussion around the writings of Daphne Brooks, Ralph Ellison, and Fred Moten (pre-circulated to participants) and the recorded performances by Louis Armstrong and Edith Wilson.

To RSVP for the seminar and the dinner (or to be put on the mailing list for future events) please contact Darren Mueller (

Meina Yates-Richard is an Assistant Professor of English at Syracuse University. Her research draws from literary trauma studies, sound studies, histories of transatlantic slavery, critical race and gender studies, and affect studies to theorize about how acoustic resonances
from slavery’s past have shaped and continue to influence the literary and cultural production of the African diaspora, as well as how these resonant sounds mediate contemporary social relations.

Sponsored by the Central New York Humanities Corridor, from an award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Co-sponsored by The Humanities Project of the University of Rochester and the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies.

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