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How Demonstrations Shape Sound, and How Sound Shapes Demonstrations
Start Date: 2/8/2019Start Time: 5:00 PM
End Date: 2/8/2019End Time: 6:00 PM
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The Department of Music and the Asian Studies Program present Dr. Noriko Manabe for a guest lecture: "How Demonstrations Shape Sound, and How Sound Shapes Demonstrations." The talk will be held in Vol Walker Hall in the Schollmier Auditorium (WALK 250). Dr. Manabe's talk delves into why Japanese street demonstrations are often louder than many American protests. Sound tends to be more organized as a protest tactic in Japan, relative to Trump-Resistance protests in the United States. Dr. Manabe will examine typical patterns of protest chants in an ethnographic presentation.


Noriko Manabe joined the Boyer faculty in January 2016. She previously taught at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, and CUNY, and she has held visiting research positions at SOAS, the Library of Congress, Tokyo University of the Arts, and International Research Center for Japanese Studies. She received her PhD from CUNY Graduate Center, where she completed doctoral requirements for both ethnomusicology and music theory. Her research draws from the social sciences, ethnography, and musical analysis.

Manabe’s research centers on music and social movements and on popular music. Her first monograph, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima(Oxford University Press, 2015/2016), addresses the different roles of musicians in the performance spaces of cyberspace, demonstrations, festivals, and recordings. The book won the John Whitney Hall Book Prize (for the best book in Japanese studies) from the Association for Asian Studies and Honorable Mention for the Alan Merriam Prize (for the best book in ethnomusicology) from the Society for Ethnomusicology. Manabe has also published journal articles and book chapters on Japanese hip-hop, rap and language, ringtones, online radio, children’s songs as propaganda, Cuban modernists, and Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez. Her articles have appeared inEthnomusicology, Popular Music, Asian Music, Latin American Music Review, Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies, Oxford Handbook of Children’s Musical Cultures, Cambridge Companion to Hip-Hop,and other publications. Many of her publications can be seen at

Manabe is currently revising her second monograph,Revolution Remixed: Intertextuality in Protest Music(Oxford, under contract), which considers the prevalence of intertextuality in protest culture and analyzes musical cases drawn from the Japanese antinuclear movement. She is co-editing The Oxford Handbook of Protest Music(with Eric Drott, under contract) and the book of essays, Nuclear Music (with Jessica Schwartz, under contract with Oxford). She is also writing a monograph on the role of Japanese children’s songs in shaping national identity from the Meiji Era to the Allied Occupation, and another on transnational identity in Japanese hip-hop, reggae, and techno. 

Manabe is series editor for 33-1/3 Japan, a series of books on Japanese popular music from Bloomsbury Publishing and an extension of its popular 33-1/3 book series. She serves on editorial boards for Twentieth-Century Music, Music and Politics, and the SOAS Musicology Book Series;as contributing editor for the Asia-Pacific Journal; as Chair of the Investment Committee for the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM); and on the Diversity Committee for the Society for Music Theory (SMT). In 2016, she served on the Program Committee for the SMT annual conference.
Manabe’s research has been funded by fellowships from NEH, Kluge Center, Japan Foundation, and SSRC/JSPS. In addition to the John Whitney Hall and Alan Merriam Prizes, her first book won subventions from SEM and the Barr-Feree Foundation, and the second book won subventions from SMT. The article, “Music in Japanese Antinuclear Demonstrations” (Asia-Pacific Journal2013) won the Waterman Prize from SEM. Conversant in several languages, she has conducted field and archival work in Cuba, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Bali, Germany, and the Netherlands in addition to Japan.
Location Information:
Main Campus - (WALK) Vol Walker Hall  (View Map)
459 Campus Dr.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Room: 250 - Ken and Linda Sue Shollmier Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Music Office
Phone: 479-575-4701
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