AFR 239
Music Migration, Blues People, and Wayward Women: Case Studies in DJ Scholarship Fall 2021
Division II
Cross-listed AFR 239 / MUS 215

Class Details

Music Migration explores migration patterns vis-à-vis the movement of music, people, and ideas. Students will explore DJ culture as an interdisciplinary practice, both performative and subversive in its ability to shape and define social experiences. Students will employ creative research skills to examine the social context of DJ culture related to the music of the Black diaspora and its makers’ interior lives and genius, enacting what the instructor calls “DJ Scholarship.” The course will follow flows of music migrations between various regions within the United States. Instead of providing a linear history, this course connects and tunes into fundamental political-cultural movements and musical interventions across geographies. Specific attention will be paid to how sound travels within the context of the blues and what this tells us about the relationship between the sonic, race, gender, and sexuality. Using Black feminist thought as a guide to understand Blues, funk and soul women, we will draw from Saidiya Hartman’s conceptual framework “wayward women” to understand a working-class feminist practice. In turn, we will examine what kind of worlds are produced by sound cultures during significant political and social change.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 15
Expected: 10
Class#: 1983
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Class participation, ten 2 to 3-page responses to reading/film/music, Final project: presentation of a mock syllabus
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: If course is overenrolled, preference given to Africana studies concentrators.
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AFR 239 Division II MUS 215 Division I
Attributes: MUS World Music/Ethnomusicology

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