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National Conference on Black Music Research 2008
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National Conference on Black Music Research 2008

February 14–17, 2008
Palmer House Hilton
Chicago, Illinois

Please join us for the Center’s tenth conference dealing with issues relating to the research, teaching, and performance of music of the black diaspora. A major component of the 2008 conference will deal with reassessing the black music diaspora. Scholars and researchers of black music will be joined by scholars in the allied fields of diasporal studies, history, and philosophy to address such questions as what the black music diaspora is, why it is important, and how it should be understood.

Additional sessions include

  • The CBMR’s Expanded Mission to Include “the Americas”
  • Facing Race: Bridging the Racial Divide
  • From Talking Drums and “Heebie Jeebies” to Rap and the Art Song: Phonological and Poetic Aspects of Black Music
  • Implications of the Mission of the MayDay Group for Facing the Nexus between Research and Teaching in Higher Education
  • Music Performance: Ensembles, Selected Repertoire, Research Materials, and Methodology
  • New Orleans Collections—The Lost and Saved: Implications for Future Research and Scholarship
  • The Spoken Word in Black Music Cultures From Griots to MCs

The conference will also provide several ancillary events, including

  • A keynote banquet with speaker William R. Ferris
  • A performance by Sones de México Ensemble Chicago, in which African influences on popular and traditional musics of Mexico will be examined
  • Sweet Thunder: The Billy Strayhorn Story, a musical revue
  • House of Blues gospel brunch