Sound and Citizenship in Public Space in Athens

  • 5.15pm

  • Alison House, Lecture Room A
    12 Nicolson Street
    EH8 9DF

Led by Tom Western (Music) and Penny Travlou (Architecture and Landscape Architecture)

Music and sound play a crucial – but often unheard – role in debates about migration, belonging, and citizenship. Stories of sound are stories of power and politics. In this presentation, we listen to public space in Athens, focussing on how citizenship is performed by different communities, and how people use sound to make space and assert identities.

Greece once again sits at the heart of debates about Europeanness, at once positioned as the gateway to, or doorstep of, Europe; while simultaneously being posited as a warehouse, or even prison, for those seeking to move into and across the continent. We combine perspectives from two current research projects and different disciplinary approaches: tracing local specificities and transnational dynamics, following musical networks and recursive histories of displacement, and offering reflections on doing sonic ethnography in public space.

Free to attend. Open to all.

This event is part of the Music Research Seminar Series 2017/18.

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