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Humanities 595, Winter 2013
Rock the Archive: Popular Music Studies and Digital Scholarship

co-taught by Angelica Macklin, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies and Sonnet Retman, American Ethnic Studies

“Rock the Archive: Popular Music Studies and Digital Scholarship”, co-taught with Angelica Macklin, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies and Sonnet Retman, American Ethnic Studies, works in conjunction with the Women Who Rock (WWR) Digital Oral History Archive to prepare graduate and undergraduate students to analyze oral histories of a racially and ethnically diverse array of women from the U.S., Mexico and beyond who have made significant contributions to music scenes, social justice movements, public scholarship, and community life. The course examines the intellectual project of popular music studies in relation to the theory and practice of archive building, oral history training, and digital scholarship.

Learning goals:

  • Be able to identify major "feminist" debates in popular music studies and the WWR archive
  • Be able to identify major themes in oral history method
  • Be able to identify and enact the process of collective archive building
  • Be able to create a photo essay
  • Understand decolonial methods of knowledge production
  • Be able to contextualize and situate these practices conceptually, theoretically, and methodologically, through engagement with critical readings.

Students will engage with critical archive studies, learn about the archive as a contested epistemological site, and create photo essays. In this way students will mesh scholarly work with the production of scholarship in digital form at an introductory level. In particular, they will explore the lives of extraordinary women musicians through primary oral history data contained in the Women Who Rock (WWR) Digital Oral History Archive, an intergenerational experiment in collective and decolonial archive-building. Students will participate in the 3rd annual Women Who Rock (WWR) “Making Scenes, Building Communities” (Un)Conference, the Digital Oral History Archive Launch and Symposium and Film Festival on March 8-9, 2013. They will also have the opportunity to prepare a panel discussion of their work for the 2013 EMP Pop Conference.