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Karaoke, Queer Aesthetics, Queer Theory, by Prof. Karen Tongson, USC

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Karaoke, Queer Aesthetics, Queer Theory, by Prof. Karen Tongson, USC
Start:
January 11, 2018 4:00 pm
End:
January 11, 2018 6:00 pm
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Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Hart Hall 3201

This talk uses the global phenomenon of karaoke as a lens to re-evaluate prevailing paradigms of originality and imitation in aesthetics, critical theory, queer studies and media economies, while also offering a preliminary account of karaoke cultures and technologies from Asia and the United States. Karaoke is a compound Japanese word: “kara” means “empty,” and “oke” is the contraction of “o-kesutora,” or “orchestra.” Though the conceptual origins of karaoke are largely apocryphal, and have been linked by journalists, enthusiasts and scholars to folk forms of group-singing and sing-along entertainments across a wide historical span from medieval Europe, to Anglo-American vaudeville, to post-World-War-II Japan (from which the name of the activity is derived), the precise origins of the first karaoke machines came to be known in 1996, when a Singaporean television station tracked down its purported inventor, an unassuming Japanese philanthropist and former lounge musician, Daisuke Inoue. The presentation will take into account the form’s disputed “machinic” invention through Inoue, and its lesser-known Filipino inventor, Roberto del Rosario, while initiating a broader conversation about karaoke’s forms, its meanings, and its mobilization as a metaphor for contemporary forms of “copying” and creativity in a post-digital age.

This event is sponsored by Queer, Feminist, and Trans Research Cluster, Asian American Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Cultural Studies, English, Feminist Research Institute,French and Italian, Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Performance Studies, and Spanish and Portuguese

For more information please contact: Alex Fine, akfine@ucdavis.edu or Liz Constable, elconstable@ucdavis.edu

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