Professor Benjamin Tausig will talk about the ethnographic fieldwork he conducted during the antigovernment Red Shirt protests of 2010-2011 in Bangkok, Thailand. This movement foreshadowed the sonic and media tactics which would soon be employed by the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street and Gezi Park protests, among others. Professor Tausig will analyze the distinct types of mediatized acoustic spaces carved out at Red Shirt protest events, and suggest a refined set of ethnographic methods for understanding the relationship between sound and political movements.
We hope you’ll join us on Tuesday Oct. 2 at 1 pm in the Melville Library Special Collections Seminar Room, Room E-2340.
Benjamin Tausig is an assistant professor of music at Stony Brook University. His research focuses on sound and political dissent, in Southeast Asia (especially Thailand) as well as the United States and other contexts. He has published in Social Text, Culture, Theory, and Critique, Positions, and other interdisciplinary journals. His first monograph, Bangkok Is Ringing, will be published by Oxford University Press in January 2019.