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“The Aural City: Sensory Politics in the Making of Gulu, Uganda”

March 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Time: 12 pm CT, 5 pm UTC

Speaker: Joella Bitter

Hosted by Vlad Dima


Joella Bitter earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology and a certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies from Duke University in 2020. Currently, she is an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellow. Bitter works in Uganda across anthropologies of sound, cities, embodiment, affect, and environmental politics to query the forces of racial capitalist urban development in relation to urban African cultural expression and technological innovation. Her book manuscript, The Aural City: Sensory Politics in the Making of Gulu, Uganda, examines everyday practices of sonic city-making through listening to the ways Gulu’s music producers, car mechanics, city planners, and long-term residents listen to their emerging city. Thinking musical forms alongside noises and voices, the book details ethnographically how Gulu’s city-dwellers sensorially create sites of endurance, sociability, and repose by attuning to forces registered aurally. 


March 9
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm