Online Lecture: State-Sponsored Musical Evolutionism in the USSR and the Conundrum of Post-Soviet Crimean Tatar Indigenous Music

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Thursday, November 5th, 2020 2-3:30pm (EST)

Hosted by the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at UC-Berkeley 

This event will be streamed on Facebook live. You can find the link to the event's Facebook page here

Event Description:

"In the Soviet Union, logics of teleological evolutionism undergirded the Communist party-state’s interventions into many aspects of Soviet life, including the realm of “folk music.” In this article, I draw on the example of the Soviet institutionalization of a Crimean Tatar folk orchestra to demonstrate how Soviet musical evolutionism ordered and constrained vernacular musical practices in ways that have had long-term political consequences, especially with regard to the politics of post-Soviet indigeneity. I conclude by comparing the Soviet case to a contemporary discourse of musical evolutionism, observing how it risks exiling some musics to a present that is “less evolved.”

Forgive me if I'm just missing it, but who is the speaker for this event?

Hi Kristina,

The speaker for this event is Dr. Maria Sonevytsky. I hope this helps!

-H-Ukraine