Sounding Traditions of Inuit Cosmopolitanism in Flying Wild Alaska: Jessica Bissett Perea, Music Studies Colloquium, Ethnomusicology
Performing Arts - Music | September 14 | 4:40-6 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall
Jessica Bissett Perea, President's Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Music, UC Berkeley
In this talk Bissett Perea explores circuits of Inuit cosmopolitanism as represented through the soundscapes and imagery of the Discovery Channels documentary-style reality television series Flying Wild Alaska, (2011-2012). When compared to its counterparts (e.g. Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers, and Gold Rush: Alaska), Flying Wild Alaska is notable for portraying the diversity and mobility of Alaska Native and Inuit cultures, in part through the shows use of contemporary Inuit music as a backdrop to portrayals of modern life in the arctic. From professionalized traditional drumsongs to funk- and jazz-influenced Inuit World Music, my musicocultural analysis will illuminate the longer history of Inuit cosmopolitanism throughout the circumpolar region and make audible the literal and figurative histories of Native migration between rural and urban spaces.
Reception follows colloquium