Black Lyrics Matter
How can academic-activists articulate resilience and resistance strategies beyond the hegemony of occidental logo-centrism? Besides community activism are there other ways of communicating complex ideas, and extending the influence of intellectual thought beyond the borders of the university? This presentation describes one attempt to address this predicament by appropriating black popular music production, and popular music video as modalities for critical exploration of socio-political and religious cultural issues. The presentation also explores some of the blowback implications for critical method, particularly, epistemology in the academy.
About Professor Robert Beckford
With particular research interests in African and African Caribbean history, Religion and Popular Culture, Professor Beckford interrogates the intersection(s) of social history, religious experience and cultural politics. Professor Beckford researches in written, visual and audio texts and has won numerous awards, including a BAFTA. He has presented over twenty television documentaries on commercial television stations, including Channel 4, BBC 2, BBC4 and Discovery USA. Professor Beckford has also worked as radio presenter for BBC Radio.