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Nomi Dave
University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)

Fellowships for University Teachers
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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 12/31/2017

The Revolution's Echoes: Music, Politics and Pleasure in Guinea

A book-length study of Guinean music in relation to politics.

An NEH fellowship will support completion of my book, The Revolution’s Echoes: Music, Politics and Pleasure in Guinea (solicited by University of Chicago Press). The book examines the pleasures and aesthetics of authoritarianism, through an ethnographic study of music and performance in Guinea. Representations in the scholarly and popular literature often emphasize music as a site for resistance and oppositional politics, while musicians who support the state are framed as unwitting tools of propaganda. Moving beyond these assumptions, my book examines the subjectivities and experiences of musicians who sing for an authoritarian state, and of audiences who derive pleasure from this music. The book offers new theorizations of pleasure and its relationship to politics. It will be the first English-language volume on Guinean music, and contributes to broader conversation in the social sciences and humanities on emotion, sound and the senses in constituting political / public culture.