Panel today discusses music as a form of social activism

The Colloquium on the Global South continues its Wednesday series today with a panel discussion on Musical Activism in Latin America, South Africa and Palestine.

Music is one of many artistic mediums used throughout the global south as a form of social activism. This panel explores the ways in which classical, indigenous and rap music are used to promote equality, cultural survival, land rights and peace.  

Drawing from personal experience and research initiatives, the musicians and York music students who make up the panel will explore issues of censorship, cultural preservation, sexism and the limits of hip hop as a form of activism. They will talk about music in Colombia, Canada, Cuba, Brazil, Palestine and South Africa.

The panel will be chaired by Pablo Idahosa, coordinator of the African Studies Program in York’s Faculty of Arts, panellists include: 

  • musician and arts educator Ruben "Beny" Esguerra (BFA ‘03, MA ‘06), a York PhD student in ethnomusicology;
  • South African hip hop artist Shaheen Ariefdien, an MA student in anthropology at York;
  • Daniel Schnee, former lecturer at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music and a PhD student in ethnomusicology at York;
  • musician Talia Wooldridge, an MA student in Ethnomusicology at York.

This is one of the Colloquium on the Global South’s fall series of free Wednesday panels, most of which will take place in Room 305, York Lanes, from 2:30 to 4:30pm.

The Colloquium on the Global South is an open space for debate and critical inquiry for students, faculty members, non-governmental organizations, social activists and policy makers. It is sponsored by the University Consortium on the Global South at York University.

Upcoming colloquia include:

  • Oct. 24 – The Southern Question: Gramsci, Post-Development and the Political Economy of Difference
  • Oct. 31 – Venezuela’s Barrio Adentro Public Health Program: A Preliminary Appraisal
  • Nov. 7 – Mining, Human Rights, and Corporate Accountability Abroad: the Canadian Roundtables on Extractive Industries (Room 280, York Lanes)
  • Nov. 14 – Canada’s Role in Afghanistan
  • Nov. 22 – Disposable Futures, Dirty Democracy, and the Politics of Higher Education (special Thursday event with Faculty of Environmental Studies, in Burton Auditorium)
  • Nov. 30 – Fieldwork in the Global South: Methods, Ethics and Activism (Friday event, in Founders Senior Common Room, 305 Founders College)