Black Sounds Matter


Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 4:30pm

FREE! Reservations required.

Portia K. Maultsby
Professor Emerita, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University Bloomington
African Resonance in African American Music

Courtney Patterson-Faye
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Wesleyan University
When the Black Fat Woman Sings: Recovering Power and Agency in Black Women’s Cultural Production

Moderated by Professor of Music Jay Hoggard.



Portia K. Maultsby is Professor Emerita of Ethnomusicology in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, and founding director of the Archives of African American Music and Culture at Indiana University; and founding director of the Indiana University Soul Revue, the country’s first credit-bearing ensemble specializing in Black popular music. Receiving her Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Wisconsin, she specializes in African American music with a focus on religious and popular traditions, African cultural heritage, and the music industry. Maultsby is co-editor of African American Music: An Introduction, 2nd ed. (2015), and Issues in African American Music: Power, Gender, Race, Representation (2016), both published by Routledge Press; and author of the interactive Timeline of African American Music permanently featured on Carnegie Hall’s website: She served as Senior Scholar for the inaugural exhibition of the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville. Maultsby has received many awards and honors, a highlight being her selection to present the 2012 Charles Seeger Lecture, the centerpiece of the annual meeting of the Society of Ethnomusicology and one of the highest honors in the field.

Courtney J. Patterson-Faye Ph.D. earned her doctorate in African American Studies from Northwestern University. Her research and teaching interests include Black feminist thought, race, class and gender, fat studies, fashion studies, sexuality, cultural and medical sociology, and HIV/AIDS. Her work has been published in both journals and books, including her article “ ‘I Like the Way You Move’: Theorizing Fat, Black, and Sexy” in Sexualities, and her book chapter “When and Where I Always Enter: An Auto-Ethnographic Approach to Black Women’s Body Size Politics in Academia” in The New Black Sociologists: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, edited by Marcus Anthony Hunter. Her work has also appeared in the Du Bois Review, Black Female Sexualities, Designing Apparel for Consumers: The Impact of Body Shape and Size, and BBC Proms. She is currently completing her manuscript, “The Body Contract: Identity, Culture and The Politics of Black Women’s Bodies.”


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