"Digitizing Folk Music History" - Research Seminar
- Michael J Kramer - 847/491-8916 - 1908 Sheridan Road
- Harris Hall L04 - TuTh 12:30PM - 1:50PM
- What was the post-World War II American folk music revival? How might the tools of digital history allow us to understand this phenomenon more deeply? Using the Berkeley Folk Music Festival collection, housed in the Northwestern University Library's Special Collections division, we will begin to develop a digital history of the American folk music revival. Students will work extensively with archival materials while also exploring the history of American music, Cold War culture, theories of the archive, and new concepts in digital history. This is an upper-level research seminar and will include intensive reading, listening, and viewing assignments; no musical expertise is needed to enroll in the course. Each student will be evaluated based on class participation, digital mini-projects, blog posts, presentations, and a final interpretive digital history project in Wordpress based on primary sources found in the Berkeley Folk Music Festival collection. Our goal is not only to document the Berkeley Folk Festival, but also to interpret the American folk music revival through digital media: what was at stake in the Berkeley Folk Music Festival, which ran from 1957 to 1970, in relation to American culture and politics, to questions of race, class, gender, age, and region, to the strange workings of memory and music-making? How can digital media help us to interpret this story more effectively and probingly? This year we will focus especially on the 1968 Berkeley Folk Music Festival, which has been transferred to our digital repository.
- Weekly digital mini-projects and analytic blog posts; final interpretive digital history project.
- AREA OF CONCENTRATION: Americas
No P/N option (ANC grading only).
Attendance a first class is mandatory (applicable to enrolled, waitlisted and all potential students).
No freshman enrollment allowed.
- Attendance at 1st class mandatory
Prerequisites apply, see description
No P/N option for this section
- Enrollment Requirements: Freshmen may not register for this course.
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