Black Men Pole Dancing for Jesus, Zombies, and Louisiana Prisons
…and once more for the ethnomusicologists.
If you have no clue what the three things in the headline have to do with each other, then obviously you’re not at the Society for Ethnomusicology‘s Annual Meeting. This conference, currently taking place in Philadelphia, has a list of presentation titles that might make you think that there is actually a #fakeAMS conference.
This year’s SEM conference has one spectacular addition: many of the sessions can be viewed live in streaming video from the comfort of your couch. You can even watch old sessions starting about an hour after they finish. This is especially convenient if you, say, spot something interesting on Twitter, like the aforementioned papers. They are, by the way, the following:
- “Pole Dancing for Jesus: Gesture, Masculinity and the Circus of Sexual Ambiguity in Gospel Performance” – Alisha L. Jones, University of Chicago
- “Dances with Zombies: Michael Jackson and Movement in the Age of Post-Industrial Reproduction” – Judith Hamera, Texas A&M University
- “Death of the Zombie: Re-inscribing Production in Cameroon’s Migrant Ghost Songs” – Dennis M Rathnaw, University of Iowa
- Follow Me Down: The Work of Today’s Louisiana Prison Songs – a documentary film by Benjamin Harbert
And here’s the buzz on Twitter: