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Labour, Livelihood & Culture

Labour, Livelihood & Culture

Crafts and Music in the Middle East, South and Central Asia

Conference

Friday 24 May 2013

Chancellor Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Organised by The Middle East, South and Central Asia Forum (MESCAF), Institute of Musical Research (IMR), School of Advanced Studies, University of London & Art and Design Research Institute (ADRI), Middlesex University, London

This conference is a result of discussions about representations, discussions and research about contemporary culture and its links to livelihood and labour. Both organisers presented papers in parallel panels at a South Asia conference and discovered that spaces provided within academic circles for craft, music and art have a very narrow focus. The collaborating partners identified the need for such a conference after attending several conferences that were geographically aligned but did not have panels on contemporary art/craft/culture from the perspective of livelihood generation. The conference engages with the area of music and craft and aspects of labour and livelihood therein. This conference has called for papers that address aspects of music and craft from the Middle East, Central and South Asia.

The event is split over two days: the first day includes a series of paper presentations with discussions and questions, followed by a drinks reception in the evening. The second day is for networking with the focus being on collaborations for further work and creation of research outputs with an emphasis on publications in journals and books and other potential research outputs as projects, collaborative bids as well as the possibility of bidding for funds for staging a larger conference in 2014.

The conference has multiple partners from London based Higher Educational Institutions, each specializing within some aspect of the said title. This multi lateral approach was developed though networking with academics and practitioners within research groups of music, art and craft and identifying key speakers and presenter who are doing innovative research in these areas. It is hoped that papers would be presented by Middlesex University (School of Media, School of Law and School of Art and Design). 

The project allows research being done within the Department of Music (School of Media) and the Department of Fashion (School of Art and Design) to be presented to a wider, interdisciplinary audience, establishing the presence of this research within the wider context. It shall also make evident the support structures that exist within Middlesex University provide for such research.

 

Programme

Registration for the event is £10. Email: music@sas.ac.uk

Friday 24 May, Chancellor Hall, Senate House

10.00 Registration and coffee

Panel 1 Livelihood And Sustainability: Artisans In The Contemporary World
Chair: John Ballyn

10.30 Maham Anjum, Royal College of Art
'Artisanal craft pottery in Sri Lanka and the Development of New Markets’

11.00 Priyanka Basu, School of Oriental and African Studies
‘The hand in the song: Gender labour relationship in the arts of the Chitrakar community of West Bengal’

11.30 Neelam Raina, Middlesex University
'Craft, Culture, Survival in Kashmir’

12.30 Lunch Break

Panel 2 Performers And Artisans: Past And Present
Chair: Neelam Raina, Middlesex University

1.30 Nicolas Magriel
‘Jajmani: Patronage in Rajasthani Manganiyar music’

2.10 Razak Khan, Freie University, Berlin
‘The Cultural Space of Labour: Crafts and Music in Urdu Literary Culture’

2.40 Anna Morcom, Royal Holloway,
‘Female Public/Erotic Performers, Marginalisation and the Value of Labour’

3.00 Keynote Speech
Chair: Katherine Schofield, King’s College

Professor Maxine Berg
‘Producing Material Culture for Global Markets: Craftspeople of 18th and 21st Century India’

 

4.00 Tea Break

Panel 3 Class, Mobility, Business And Entrepreneurship
Chair: Rachel Harris, School of Oriental and African Studies

4.15 Akshaya Kumar, University of Glasgow
‘De-Accenting the Labouring Self in Performance: Subjective Economy of the Bhojpuri Culture Industry’

4.45 Kendra Salois, University of California, Berkeley,
‘Values That Pay: Sincerity, Class, and Self-Entrepreneurship in Moroccan Hip Hop’

5.15 Kristen Rudisill, Bowling Green State University
‘Reality Television and the Business of Dance in Chennai, India’

5.45 Drinks Reception

Saturday 25 May, Room 243, Senate House


Networking and Research Publication Discussion day
11.00 Introduction round by publishers, indication of area of specialist interest
11.40 Round table discussion about panels and potential publication interest
12.00 Open forum
2.00 Close of the day

 

Registration for the event is £10. Email: music@sas.ac.uk

 

Conference Convenors: Anna Morcom, Royal Holloway, University of London
Neelam Raina, Middlesex University, London

MESCAF Committee / Advisors:
Rachel Harris, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Laudan Nooshin, City University, London
Katherine Schofield, King’s College London
Martin Stokes, King’s College London
Richard Widdess, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

The Middle East, South and Central Asia Forum (MESCAF), Institute of Musical Research (IMR), School of Advanced Studies, University of London. Art and Design Research Institute (ADRI), Middlesex University, London. British Forum of Ethnomusicology (BFE)