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Tim Cooley, “Songs, Surfing, and Postcolonial Sustainability”

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Tim Cooley, “Songs, Surfing, and Postcolonial Sustainability”
May 12, 2016 4:00 pm
May 12, 2016 5:30 pm
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Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: Everson Hall 266

Valente Lecture: Tim Cooley, “Songs, Surfing, and Postcolonial Sustainability”

This talk asks if efforts to decolonize ethnomusicology (and ourselves) might benefit from engaging emerging ecomusicology. Colonialism exploits both environmental resources and human beings together with their cultural practices. Meaningful decolonization will restructure and heal cross-cultural human interactions as well as human engagement with our environment. Thus decolonizing our discipline becomes a holistic effort that interprets and advocates for sustainable cultural practices grounded in ecology.

Tim Cooley is associate professor of ethnomusicology and global and international studies at UC Santa Barbara. His most recent book is Surfing About Music (University of California Press, 2014) in which he discusses the influence of surfing on music and the cultures. In the book he covers the popularity of surfing popularized by rock groups such as the Beach Boys, Dick Dale and the Del Tones. He also explores the role of surfing in Hawaiian society, its mele (chants) and hula (dance or visual poetry). Cooley’s research and interests include folk music–from Hawai’i to Eastern Europe–to American popular music, and also theories of ethnicity, nationalism, globalization, and tourism. He is also the author of Making Music in the Polish Tatras (2005) and coeditor (with Gregory Barz) of the groundbreaking Shadows in the Field: New Perspectives for Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology (2008). Cooley received his PhD in ethnomusicology from Brown University, his master’s degree from Northwestern, and his bachelor’s degree from Wheaton Conservatory of Music.

This event is sponsored by Music Department, and offered for free courtesy of the William E. Valente Endowment.

For more information please contact: http://arts.ucdavis.edu/event/songs-surfing-and-postcolonial-sustainability

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