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Black Sound Listening Lab: Sacred and Secular

11.17.2020 07:00 PM – 11.17.2020 09:00 PM

Event Summary

Harlem Gospel Choir, 2008. Photo by Mate Toth via Creative Commons.

Over the course of 2020-2021, the Contours of Black Citizenship in a Global Context project hosted a series of Black Sound Listening Labs that explored the confluence of popular culture, the aesthetics of alternate possibilities of belonging, and technological mediations of blackness and citizenship through sound. The first session, “Sacred and Secular,” focused on Soul, Hip-hop, and the Theopolitics of Black gospel music with ethnomusicologist Alisha Jones, historian Claudrena Harold and DJ Rae Chardonnay.

This event was co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture and the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago.


Alisha Jones


Claudrena Harold


DJ Rae Chardonnay