Music, Politics and Resistance

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode LWX060M05
Vaknaam Music, Politics and Resistance
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Music, Politics and Resistance
Leerdoelen In this course we will explore the connection between (popular) music and politics, and we will discuss music’s complex politics of resistance, subversion, containment and reconciliation in the past and present. Finally we will look into how popular music can and does respond to the shifting paradigms of power in which we currently find ourselves, not only as a mirror of social conditions, but as an active agent in societal debates.
Omschrijving Popular music has played an important role in social movements throughout history: think of Billie Holiday’s most famous version of “Strange Fruit” that protested American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans in the late 1930s; think of the civil rights movements or the anti-war protests in the US and how folk songs as “Blowin’ in the Wind,” or “The Times They Are A-Changin’” served as musical markers of protest in the 1960s – or how prominent punk bands have used political and sometimes controversial lyrics to attack the establishment, sexism, capitalism, racism, colonialism. History provides us with ample examples of the power of popular music can speak to, through, and against various political moments. But also our complex contemporary situation (the aftermath of a financial crisis, continuing systematic racism and sexism, mass migration, a rapid rise of nationalism in Europe and elsewhere, fundamental shifts in working conditions in the face of digitalization, globalization and neoliberal politics, and climate change, to name but a few) offers countless opportunities to explore how popular music revisits, reconstitutes, rewrites and reconciles itself to its past as a soundtrack to social changes. Also recently, pop music celebrities have made explicit political statements such as Beyoncé’s references to the Black Lives Matter movement, Malcolm X and the Black Panthers, in her half-time show at the Super Bowl in 2016, or Bruce Springsteen’s latest anti-Trump protest song "That's What Makes Us Great" (2017).
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm werkcollege
Toetsvorm presentatie, schriftelijke opdracht(en), werkstuk(ken)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. M.M. Schiller
Docent(en) dr. M.M. Schiller
Entreevoorwaarden Bachelor's degree in KCM or an equivalent qualification in the opinion of the Board of Examiners.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students 4 semester I b mast
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Ma Kunst- en Cultuurwetenschappen (Kunsten, Cultuur en Media/Kunstgeschiedenis)  (Ma Arts, Culture and Media: Optional Modules) 1 semester I b keuzegroep