Dr. Catherine Tackley (Music, The Open University) and Dr. Graeme Milne (History, University of Liverpool) are delighted to announce a new AHRC Research Networking project ï¿½Atlantic Sounds: Ships and Sailortownsï¿½.
The ï¿½Atlantic Soundsï¿½ project aims to investigate, from a UK perspective, the role that music has played in cross-cultural encounters around the Atlantic rim (which includes the Americas, Africa and the Caribbean) from around 1740 to the present. Although there has been research into the presence of music from these countries in Europe, the processes and mechanisms that established such connections are less clear. The transmission and development of musical cultures across oceans by seafarers, travellers, and free and forced migrants is clearly an area ripe for further study. This project will focus specifically on the circumstances of the ship ï¿½ which literally transports music and musicians across the Atlantic – and the sailortown ï¿½ diverse and ever-changing port communities where sailors from all over the world interact, including through music-making.
Over the next 18 months the project will stage a series of three Colloquia and an International Conference incorporating a study day for postgraduate students in different locations (London, Cardiff, Falmouth and Liverpool) which are relevant to the topic of ï¿½Atlantic Soundsï¿½. Details of these events are below. The intention of the project is to build relationships which will lead to further collaborations, both within the academic community, especially between disciplines, and between academics and other interested parties including stakeholders in museums and tourism as well as musicians, film-makers and journalists. We are aiming to create a network which will be equally beneficial to all these groups, particularly to provide opportunities for the public dissemination of academic research.
The network and project website will be formally launched at 4pm on Tuesday 20 November 2012 at the Department of History, University of Liverpool. More details about this event will be available soon. If you would like to attend please email atlantic-sounds at open.ac.uk
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A call for papers for our first event in London will follow shortly.
8 February 2013 Colloquium 1: Historical perspectives on music and seafaring – The Open University in London (Camden)
14 June 2013 Colloquium 2: Music, Heritage, Regeneration, Tourism – National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall
22 October 2013 Colloquium 3: Musical perspectives on transatlantic migration – The Open University in Wales (Cardiff)
March 2014 Study Day and International Conference – University of Liverpool
Tuesday, October 9 2012, 6:30 pm, Curry 238
Translator, Alexis Levitin, SUNY Plattsburgh
The Atlantic World Research Network is pleased to present Salgado Maranhão, one of Brazil’s leading contemporary poets. His collected poems, The Color of the Word, won Brazil’s highest award, the Premio de Poesia da Academia Brasileira de Letras, for the year 2011. An earlier collection, Mural of Winds, won the prestigious Prêmio Jabuti in 1999. In addition to eight books of poetry, including The Snake’s Fists, The Kiss of the Beast, and the recent Tiger’s Fur, he has written song lyrics and made recordings with some of Brazil’s leading jazz and pop musicians. My translations of poems by this stylistically provocative poet have so far appeared in BOMB, Bitter Oleander, Brasil/Brazil, Connotation Press (on-line), Controlled Burn, Cream City Review, Dirty Goat, Faultline, Fourth River, Left Curve, Massachusetts Review, Measure, Metamorphoses, Natural Bridge, Osiris, Per Contra, Pleiades, Rosebud, Sirena, Spoon River Poetry Review, Subtropics, Turnrow (on-line),Words Without Borders, and Xavier Review.
One of Brazil’s leading critics, Antonio Carlos Secchin, had this to say about Sol Sangüíne (Blood of the Sun): “With a deeply-rooted personal diction, Salgado Maranhão, in Blood of the Sun, has reached the high point of his work (so far), in this cohesive collection of poems in which a speculative intelligence and a celebration of the corporality of the world are expressed with great metaphoric vigor.”
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