8th CHUSS Seminar 2019

Date

Friday, 20 September 2019

Event Details

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) invites you to the 8th CHUSS Seminar 2019 on Friday 20th September 2019 at 2:00pm.

Venue: SWGS Conference Hall

Topic: Ring-tunes and Caller-tunes: New Media’s Sustenance of Song Performance Tradition as Women’s Strategy for Domestic Conflict Management among the Baganda of Uganda

Presenter:  Assoc. Prof. Sylvia Antonia Nannyonga-Tamusuza, Head of the Department of Performing Arts and Film, Makerere University

Abstract:

Most scholarship on conflict management, resolution and transformation within and outside theatre, performing arts studies as well as the field of ethnomusicology has mostly addressed international, national, cross-cultural, and community conflicts. Moreover, research on expressive arts as they relate to conflict has primarily focused on top-down interventions—artists involved in peace projects, music workshops led by music activists and multicultural festivals organized by Non-Governmental Organizations, NGOs. Scholars have not paid adequate attention to studies relating to the use of theatre, musical and artistic expressions in addressing domestic conflicts. Further, while domestic violence especially against women has been fairly researched, there is limited documentation on the strategies women use to prevent domestic conflicts escalating into violence.

This presentation is based on an ongoing research on how, through history, women in Africa, with a focus on the Baganda of central Uganda, have used expressive arts, especially song, to mitigate conflict turning into domestic or family violence. I discuss: 1), how Baganda women have used song performance as a method of managing conflict from turning violent and a means of transmitting positive social-cultural values that address conflict management; and 2) how ring-tunes and caller-tunes played have been adapted to sustain a song performance tradition used to manage conflict.

You are all invited!

 

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