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Course Catalogue WS 2023/24

The Black Sonic

Theory seminar
SoSe 22
Target group
Basic Studies

Dates - place & time

11.04.2204.07.22MondayWöchentlich10:00 - 13:00Filzengraben 2, Aula
from-to10:00 - 13:00
LocationFilzengraben 2, Aula

Seminar description

The Black Sonic does not entail thinking about the history of music from Africa and the African diaspora. Instead, is entails studying the history of this music as thinking, as conceptual, as social experiment, and as the practice of ensemble and collectivity. In the seminar we will listen to reggae, calypso, zouk, juju, hi life, afro-beat, reggaeton, jazz, blues and more. We will read African diasporic writers on music including Ralph Ellison, Amiri Baraka, Angela Davis, and Nadia Ellis. We will invite guests to play music for us and discuss the thought, composition, and context of this music. We will also play music for each other. The Black Sonic will be a mode of studying the insurgent sound of liberation.

Student office

Karin Cordes

Juliane Schwibbert

Katrin Seiniger

Claudia Warnecke

Heumarkt 14

50667 Köln

Tel.: +49 221 20189 - 194 /

119 / 187 / 249

Opening hours: Mondays + Tuesdays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m.    -    4 p.m.

For enquiries or appointments, please call us, Mon - Thu 9.30 to 1 p.m., or send us an e-mail.

Summer semester 2024

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Apr. 8, 2024 until Jul. 19, 2024

Winter semester 2024/25

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Oct. 21, 2024 until Feb. 14, 2025

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