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Swinging Between the Wars: A seminar on interwar jazz and swing music culture around the globe

Speakers: Anaîs Flèchet (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines) on jazz culture in Brazil Andreas Steen (Aarhus University) on jazz and swing music in interwar Shanghai Kristin McGee (Groningen) on women and jazz in Hollywood films

2021.08.24 | Hanne Ahlers

Date Fri 17 Sep
Time 13:15 16:00
Location Aarhus University, Nobelparken, Building 1461-room 516, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

(Organized by Danpop – Danish Centre for Popular Music Culture - https://cc.au.dk/en/danpop/)

Jazz and swing became the great new types of popular music between the two world wars. They were new, youthful, energetic and danceable. And they were outspokenly American, just like the Hollywood films that featured them.

Disseminated throughout much of the world, and negotiating traditional hierarchies of race, class and gender, the sounds of jazz and swing music along with their dance cultures became core signs of alterity: youth and modernity. In all of these respects, they were highly contested too. In other words, interwar jazz and swing reveal early examples of a transnational youth and pop musical culture.

In recent years, scholars have done much to map and analyze jazz and swing music culture from historical perspectives. With this seminar, we want to highlight these styles as pivots of a transnational popular music culture of turbulent era between two world wars.

Seminar, Historie og Klassiske Studier