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RIGS Scholar Spotlight Series: December 2 - Book Talk + Roundtable with Elliott Powell and Guests

An event to celebrate Elliott Powell's Sounds from the Other Side Afro–South Asian Collaborations in Black Popular Music (UMN Press, 2020)
December 2, 2020 - 5:15pm to 6:45pm


The Race, Indigeneity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Initiative (RIGS) is pleased to announce that we are hosting a virtual book release event for Professor Elliott Powell on December 2, 2020 from 5:15 to 6:45pm.
This is the first in our RIGS Scholar Spotlight Series where we invite a panel of speakers to engage and comment on a recently published work or creative endeavor by RIGS scholars, followed by an audience Question and Answer session. 
To celebrate the release of Elliott Powell's Sounds from the Other Side Afro–South Asian Collaborations in Black Popular Music (UMN Press, 2020), LaMonda Horton-Stallings (Chair, African American Studies, Georgetown), Kareem Khubchandani (Mellon Assistant Professor, Dance & Drama and Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Tufts University), Yuichiro Onishi (Chair, African American and African Studies, UMN-TC), and Zenzele Isoke (Chair, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, UMN-TC) will give comments and engage in a lively discussion of the book. Speakers will be joined by Bianet Castellanos (Chair, American Studies, UMN-TC), who will start us off with an introduction, and by Kat Hayes, RIGS Director, who will serve as moderator. This event is co-sponsored by the Departments of African American & African Studies, American Studies, and Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies, and Institute for Global Studies.


Pre-registration is required for the Zoom link.  REGISTER HERE


UMN Press is offering a 30% discount on the book for this event. Register to get discount code and ordering information.
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We look forward to seeing you on December 2nd! 
"Elliott H. Powell’s book is like the music he investigates: intelligent, intimate, and offering new possibilities for intercultural engagement. His analyses transcend appropriation narratives to unearth the nuances of power in Afro–South Asian exchanges. Importantly, Powell demonstrates the fallacy of placing white, heteronormative paradigms onto people of color and instead illuminates a diverse and innovative history of aesthetic and political collaboration." —T. Carlis Roberts, University of California, Berkeley

"Sounds from the Other Side is a crucial intervention in the scholarship of Afro–South Asian cultural and political connections—an original, sophisticated, and multi-layered account of African American musicians’ creative engagements with South Asian musics, musicians, and spiritualties. Elliott H. Powell demonstrates that varied soundings and imaginings of South Asia have provided musicians as divergent as Miles Davis, Rick James, and Beyoncé with a terrain for conjuring new forms of radical Black being—a terrain in which Blackness, South Asianness, queerness, and liberatory politics are articulated together and coconstituted." —Vivek Bald, author of Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America