The Sounds of Post-Inauguration Protests: Memory, Circulation, Innovation

Start Date: November 08 2017 - 12:30 PM

End Date: November 08 2017 - 02:00 PM

Audience: General Public Event

Category: Lectures

Location: H-144


The surge of protests that have followed the election of Donald Trump has inspired thousands of residents, many of them new to activism, to join. Music and sound are important means to engage these protesters, build solidarity among them, and keeping them going. This presentation is a preliminary account of the sounds of these protests, outlining the paths of historic reference, innovation, and global circulation. It also discusses the inherent musicality of protest chants and their role in shaping the soundscape of the protest. 

Noriko Manabe is Associate Professor of Music Studies at Temple University. She received her PhD in music from CUNY Graduate Center and previously taught at Brooklyn College and John Jay College, as well as Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania. Her work centers on music and social movements and popular music, particularly in Japan and Latin America. Her first book, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima (Oxford 2015) won the John Whitney Hall Book Prize from the Association for Asian Studies and Honorable Mention for the Alan Merriam Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology. She is currently working on her second monograph, Revolution Remixed: Intertextuality in Protest Music, and co-edited volumes, Nuclear Music (with Jessica Schwartz) and Oxford Handbook of Protest Music (with Eric Drott), all under contract with Oxford University Press. She is series editor for 33-1/3 Japan, a book series on Japanese popular music at Bloomsbury, which is publishing books on the vocaloid Hatsune Miku, the music of the anime Cowboy Bebop, idol pop, and Shibuya-kei music. Her articles on Japanese rap, hip-hop DJs, online radio, the music business, wartime children's songs, and Cuban music have appeared in Ethnomusicology, Popular Music, Asian Music, Asia-Pacific Journal, Oxford Handbook of Children's Musical Cultures, Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies, among other volumes. More information about her activities can be found at


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