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Music Program, Asian Studies Program, and Bard Ethnomusicology Present

Thursday, April 19, 2018
A Quiet Mourning: Pity and the Poetry of Sonic Protest in Thailand
Olin 104
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Professor Benjamin Tausig, Stony Brook University
This presentation offers an ethnography of quiet within Thailand’s Red Shirt movement. Its case studies include three producers of powerful (and yet not high-volume) sonic performance. The first of these is a man named Kittisak Janpeng, who meditated silently for many hours at a time in tribute to a slain Japanese photojournalist; second are young girls who survived dead or maimed guardians and then begged for donations on the street during gatherings; third is the Red Shirt singer Pom Krongthong, who lost her livelihood and suffered a serious illness before joining the Red Shirt movement full-time. Each of these embodied figures of pity in their sonic performances.

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Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Olin 104