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“‘(Rhy)pistemologies’: Thinking Through Rhythm”

May 8-9, 2024

Art Share L.A.

Inspired by interdisciplinary tap dance artist and scholar Michael J. Love’s concept of “(rhy)pistemology,” this two-day event brings together artists and scholars of music, dance, philosophy, and theory. Rather than taking rhythm, music, or dance as an object of theory or thought, we want to emphasize theory and thought that emerges *from* or *through* rhythm, expanding the labor of critical theory and philosophical thought to include embodied forms of knowledge across intellectual, artistic, and cultural traditions.

 

Invited scholars and artists:

Alex E. Chávez (University of Notre Dame)

Michael Gallope (University of Minnesota)
Michael J. Love (Ursinus College)

Maya Kronfeld (Duke University)

Fumi Okiji (University of California, Berkeley)

Michael E. Sawyer (University of Pittsburgh)

 

Program

Wednesday, May 8 (5:00-7:30pm)

5:00-5:15 Welcome

Erin Graff Zivin, Director, USC Dornsife Experimental Humanities Lab

5:15-6:00 Opening Roundtable 

Edwin Hill, Natalie Belisle, Jane Kassavin, Jonathan Leal (U. of Southern California)

Moderator: Erin Graff Zivin (USC)

6:00-7:30 Alex Chávez (U. of Notre Dame), “Sonorous Present: Songs of Border Crossings, Sunrises, and Mournings”

Moderator: Jonathan Leal (USC)

 

Thursday, May 9 (10:00am-7:30pm)

10:00-11:00 “The Cry of the Enclosure”: An Open Conversation

Moderator: Josh Kun (USC)

11:00-12:00 Michael E. Sawyer (U. of Pittsburgh), “So What: Kind of More or Less Than All Blue(s)”

Moderator: Mlondi Zondi (USC)

12:00-2:00 Lunch 

2:00-4:00 Michael J. Love (Ursinus C.) and Maya Kronfeld (Duke U.), “(Rhy)pistemologies: A Duet” 

Moderator: Natalie Belisle (USC)

4:00-4:30 Coffee Break

4:30-5:30 Michael Gallope (U. of Minnesota), “Region”

Moderator: Edwin Hill (USC)

5:30-6:30 Closing Discussion

Alex Chávez (U. of Notre Dame), Michael Gallope (U. of Minnesota),  Maya Kronfeld (Duke U.), Michael J. Love (Ursinus C.), Michael E. Sawyer (U. of Pittsburgh)

Moderator: Kara Keeling (USC)

6:30-7:30 Wine and cheese reception

 

The USC Dornsife Experimental Humanities Lab would like to thank the Kaufman School of Dance, Dornsife Departments of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Comparative Literature, English, and American Studies and Ethnicity, the Center for Latinx and Latin American Studies, and the Dornsife Graduate Dean and Divisional Vice Dean for the Humanities for their generous support of this event.

 

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