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Book Launch: Dangerous Mediations (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines)

  • Leong Hall, Ateneo De Manila University, Fr. Masterson Dr, 1108 Quezon City, Philippines (map)

Sounds and Poetry of the Streets: Philippine Expressive Popular Cultures conference is organized by Ethnographies of Philippine Auditory Popular Cultures (EPAPC), a research group comprised of scholars from the Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines-Diliman.

On the second day of the EPAPC conference, Áine Mangaoang (Department of Musicology, University of Oslo, Norway), will launch her book entitled, Dangerous Mediations: Pop Music in a Philippine Prison Video (Bloomsbury Academic: New York). The book will be introduced by Professor José Semblante Buenconsejo, Q&A with the author to follow.

Bloomsbury publishers are providing unique book launch discount vouchers for the event.

About the book:

In 2007, an unlikely troupe of 1500 Filipino prisoners became Internet celebrities after their YouTube video of Michael Jackson’s ground-breaking hit 'Thriller' went viral. Taking this spectacular dance as a point of departure, Dangerous Mediations explores the disquieting development of prisoners performing punishment to a global, online audience. Combining analysis of this YouTube video with firsthand experiences from fieldwork in the Philippine prison, Áine Mangaoang investigates a wide range of interlocking contexts surrounding this user-generated text to reveal how places of punishment can be transformed into spaces of spectacular entertainment, leisure, and penal tourism.

In the post-YouTube era, Dangerous Mediations sounds the call for close readings of music videos produced outside of the corporate culture industries. By connecting historical discussions on postcolonialism, surveillance and prison philosophy with contemporary scholarship on popular music, participatory culture and new media, Dangerous Mediations is the first book to ask critical questions about the politics of pop music and audiovisual mediation in early 21st-century detention centres.

Praise for Dangerous Mediations:

"In this rich ethnographic case study, Áine Mangaoang brings together a welcome, provocative and highly original mix of music, YouTube and prison. She raises thoughtful questions about participation and incarceration, leisure and exploitation, the global and the local, that will resonate far beyond her case."Nancy Baym, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research, USA

"An enlightening, extensive, and engaging work! Áine Mangaoang’s explanation of the phenomenal popularity of the Dancing Inmates' Thriller, a YouTube sensation, unearths layer after layer of paradoxes embedded in Philippine history, musicological studies, prison performances and digital cross-currents. The tensions that spring from navigating between rehabilitation and oppression, creativity and captivity, entertainment and punishment, submission and assertion, cultural identity and stereotyping, among others, make Dangerous Mediations a cautionary tale in adapting inmate performance, especially of the digital variety, as a vehicle for prison reform." Ricardo Abad, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

“This book deepens our understanding of the mediation of music in the digital era. Through a wide-reaching analysis, Mangaoang reveals the subversive potential of music and how new media texts are bound up with power, punishment and postcolonialism.” Barley Norton, Reader in Music, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

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