Vanport Room 338, Smith Memorial Student Union, 1875 SW Broadway
In this talk, Mark LeVine, Professor of History at University of California, Irvine, will explore the role of music in the genesis and subsequent dynamics of the Arab Uprisings. He will explore how the years leading up to the uprisings saw musical subcultures develop into countercultures and ultimately revolutionary cultures that provided aesthetic background to the protests and revolts. Levine will discuss the role of new technologies for the uncommodified production and distribution of music on the 'return of the aura' to music, and how artists attempt to continue writing music that can inspire and mobilize people in the streets after the initial mass protest phase of the uprisings is over and the grind of daily struggle for the core goals of the revolutions resume.
Mark LeVine is Professor of modern Middle Eastern history at University of California, Irvine and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Cente for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University in Sweden. He is the author and editor of 10 books, including most recently Heavy Metal Islam (Random House 2008), Struggle and Survival in Palestine/Israel (UC Press, 2005), Islam and Popular Culture (forthcoming) and The Five Year Old Who Toppled a Pharaoh (UC Press, forthcoming).
Presented as a part of the Middle East Studies Center's 2013 Summer Institute for Educators: The Arab Uprisings
The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University promotes understanding of the people, cultures, languages and religions of the Middle East. As a National Resource Center for Middle East Studies under the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program, the Center serves as a resource on issues pertaining to the Middle East through activities that reach students and scholars, as well as businesses, educators, and the media. The Middle East Studies Center supports academic conferences, workshops, cultural events, lectures, and a resource library.