[PAST EVENT] Fall 2018 Tack Faculty Lecture

October 9, 2018
Sadler Center, Commonwealth Auditorium
200 Stadium Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
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  • Open to the public
  • Registration/RSVP
  • Anne K. Rasmussen, Professor of Music and Ethnomusicology
  • Tuesday October 9, 2018 (This event was rescheduled from its original date of September 12, 2018 due to William & Mary's closure to prepare for Hurricane Florence.)
  • 7 p.m. 
  • Commonwealth Auditorium, Sadler Center
  • RSVP Requested (If you were registered for the lecture on September 12th, please RSVP again to let us know that you are able to attend). 
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Welcome to the vibrant and creative performance of religion in Indonesia, the country with the world?s largest Muslim population. Informed by the circulation of language, song, goods and ideas around the Indian Ocean and from the Arab world over the last half millennium, the expression of religion as popular culture is essential to the Islamization of this vast archipelago. From Quranic recitation to collective devotional singing to Islamic Pop, the musical expression of religion is ubiquitous. Another salient feature of this religious civil society is the public participation of women, whether precocious school girls or powerful matriarchs.

In her Tack Faculty Lecture, Anne Rasmussen, professor of music and ethnomusicology, will describe the historically-prominent female ?ritual specialist? as a precedent for the prominence of women in public performance. This apparently egalitarian public realm, however, remains under the control of entrenched patriarchal nationalism, a force, she argues, that keeps such Women Out Loud in check. Proactive advocacy for women?s access within and beyond their role ?in the business of religion? is absolutely critical today, when both ethno-nationalist populism and Islamic extremism, born globally but nurtured locally, threaten to smother Indonesian religious practice, and to silence women.

Join us on Tuesday, October 9th at 7pm in the Commonwealth Auditorium when, based on ethnographic fieldwork over the past twenty years, Dr. Rasmussen will introduce the kaleidoscopic soundscape of women's religious performance in Muslim Indonesia.