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15 Apr
Visting Scholar Nadia Chana
Event Type

Lectures, Symposia, Etc.

Topic

Arts & Culture

Website

http://music.pitt.edu/

University Unit
Department of Music
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#musicatpitt

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Visting Scholar Nadia Chana

Visiting Scholar Nadia Chana will give a lecture titled "Tanya Tagaq’s (Concert-Going) Publics"

Abstract: This talk unfolds from a performance in a concert hall on Musqueam territory in Vancouver, British Columbia: a collaboration between Inuk (singular of Inuit) singer Tanya Tagaq and Greenlandic mask dancer, Laakkuluk. This performance allows me to consider slippages between audiences and publics as well as the modes of address both come to expect in concert halls and related venues. Taking up those whom Tagaq call “some people”—“I find it a little ridiculous that some people can take a bite of hamburger from McDonald’s, but if they saw a dead cow on the ground, they’d go, ‘Ewww!’”—I engage with Tanya Tagaq both in her capacity as a performer and as a kind of literary critic: in performing for these implicitly settler publics, Tagaq reads them. I attempt to read these publics alongside her, suggesting that Tagaq has used over time the affordances of mainstream settler conceptions of Indigeneity (writ large) to produce what is at once legible enough to draw in settler audiences and yet increasingly viscerally unsettling for those audiences. Ultimately, thinking alongside Tanya Tagaq helps us rethink conventional notions of publics by bringing into view dominant settler publics: those publics that remain invisible to themselves as publics even as they exert considerable force in shaping concert halls and adjacent spheres.

Bio: Nadia Chana grew up in amiskwaciwâskahikan/Edmonton (Alberta) singing in choirs, a context that directly shapes her work however invisibly. An assistant professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a faculty affiliate of Project Spectrum, Nadia thinks about racialization, ecological crisis, settler-colonialism, modes of address, ethnographic refusal, singing, and listening.

Thursday, April 15 at 4:00 p.m.

Virtual Event

Visting Scholar Nadia Chana

Visiting Scholar Nadia Chana will give a lecture titled "Tanya Tagaq’s (Concert-Going) Publics"

Abstract: This talk unfolds from a performance in a concert hall on Musqueam territory in Vancouver, British Columbia: a collaboration between Inuk (singular of Inuit) singer Tanya Tagaq and Greenlandic mask dancer, Laakkuluk. This performance allows me to consider slippages between audiences and publics as well as the modes of address both come to expect in concert halls and related venues. Taking up those whom Tagaq call “some people”—“I find it a little ridiculous that some people can take a bite of hamburger from McDonald’s, but if they saw a dead cow on the ground, they’d go, ‘Ewww!’”—I engage with Tanya Tagaq both in her capacity as a performer and as a kind of literary critic: in performing for these implicitly settler publics, Tagaq reads them. I attempt to read these publics alongside her, suggesting that Tagaq has used over time the affordances of mainstream settler conceptions of Indigeneity (writ large) to produce what is at once legible enough to draw in settler audiences and yet increasingly viscerally unsettling for those audiences. Ultimately, thinking alongside Tanya Tagaq helps us rethink conventional notions of publics by bringing into view dominant settler publics: those publics that remain invisible to themselves as publics even as they exert considerable force in shaping concert halls and adjacent spheres.

Bio: Nadia Chana grew up in amiskwaciwâskahikan/Edmonton (Alberta) singing in choirs, a context that directly shapes her work however invisibly. An assistant professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a faculty affiliate of Project Spectrum, Nadia thinks about racialization, ecological crisis, settler-colonialism, modes of address, ethnographic refusal, singing, and listening.

Thursday, April 15 at 4:00 p.m.

Virtual Event

University Unit
Department of Music
Hashtag

#musicatpitt