TALK: Tactics, Strategies, and Maneuvers: Jazz and Black Cultural Politics, Herman Gray (Sociology, UCSC)

Event Date: 

Friday, April 25, 2003 - 3:00pm

Event Location: 

  • UCSB Music Building Room 1145

Event Price: 

Free Admission

In his forthcoming book, CULTURAL MOVES, Professor Herman Gray explores the range and variety of African-American cultural rpoductions and cultural maneuvers in the United States in the 1990s. Theoretically and politically, Professor Gray considers various cultural rpoductions and maneuvers to position them in terms of their institutional alignments, mobilization of resources, uses of and struggles over institutional credibility and legitimation; their effectiveness in pressing for and extending (Black) recognition and visibility within mainstream cultural institutions; their use of culture and represnetation to normalize (Black) visibility and cultural achievement; and their record in establishing canonical traditions and in some cases alternative traditions. Substantively these moves are expressed in highly visible cultural sites--music, television, intellectual discourse, art and representation, media activism. Professor Gray's talk considers jazz as one such move. 

Music and Social Studies Colloquia Series is organized by Jon Cruz, Department of Sociology and Asian American Studies, and Tim Cooley, Department of Music, and is supported by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center and the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM).