Inspired by interdisciplinary and cross-field conversations about music and Experience Music Project’s annual “Pop Conference,” the organizers of this fall’s Critical Karaoke will curate a playlist of brief essays (to be performed by English Program students and faculty) that engage with a particular song. Papers will be read aloud in accompaniment with the song, and should last no longer than its duration (“cut it down to three oh five,” or thereabouts). Beyond this stipulation of brevity, stylistic choices regarding format, volume, dance breaks, and dramatic pauses are up to participants. More promiscuous intellectual affair than long-term commitment, this low-stakes event encourages participants to dabble in a different field, flirt with an old fling, or linger with a guilty pleasure.
Organized by Danica Savonick, Hilarie Ashton, Eric Lott & Duncan Faherty