Environmental Humanities Colloquium: "Whale Calling: Listening to Zakes Mda from Hermanus, South Africa"

Nov 28, 2018, 4:30 pm4:30 pm
East Pyne, Room 111
Open to the public


Event Description

Gavin Steingo, Princeton University assistant professor of music, will present his talk at 4:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 28, in East Pyne, Room 111.

Steingo seeks to understand globally circulating musical practices from the perspective of the geopolitical South. His research includes examinations of music and value, infrastructures and audio technologies, sound and race, and the politics of world-music circulation. He recently published the monograph "Kwaito’s Promise: Music and the Aesthetics of Freedom in South Africa" (University of Chicago Press), which won the 2016 Alan P. Merriam Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology. Steingo began his music career performing with the Johannesburg Youth Jazz Orchestra and regularly records in a variety of styles and genres, most recently on an album by the Venda singer Jininka Nkanyane. The album was nominated in two categories at the South African Traditional Music Awards in 2016. In addition to his academic work, Steingo consults with popular media outlets such as Afropop Worldwide and with performance venues such as the Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall.

This is the fifth and final talk in the Fall 2018 Environmental Humanities Colloquium.

Series Background: Open to faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and staff, the Environmental Humanities and Social Transformation Colloquium aims to build an intellectual community of Princeton scholars and graduate students from all backgrounds whose work is animated by — or intersects with — issues central to the environmental humanities. The colloquium is hosted by Rob Nixon, the Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment, and Professor of English and the Princeton Environmental Institute.

Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI)