We are very excited to host Mellonee Burnim, Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University, next week at FSU! She will be presenting a lecture titled “The Enigma of In-Betweeness: Globalizing Gospel Music” in Lindsay Recital Hall, 4-5pm, on April 22, 2016. A reception will follow for informal discussion with Dr. Burnim. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!
ABSTRACT: The continuing expansion of gospel music markets into global contexts is a reflection of the widespread appeal this distinctly African American genre has garnered in recent decades. Examinations of historical accounts by gospel music artists together with fieldwork narratives generated by scholar-performers in the tradition attest to the fact that the movement of gospel music across geographic, cultural and religious boundaries is a highly complex process that varies according to time and space, and according to the individuals and collectives involved in the exchange. This presentation will explore the often subliminal disjunctures African American gospel music artists confront in translating their musics into international contexts, as well as those factors which have served to facilitate musical encounters that move beyond “ethnotourism” to a more egalitarian embrace of religious and cultural diversity.