Plenary Roundtable

The plenary roundtable will focus on “New York Sound” from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives, including sound studies, critical race studies, gender and sexuality studies, and performance theory.

Daphne A. Brooks

Daphne A. Brooks is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of African American Studies, Theater Studies, American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University. She is the author of two books: Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom, 1850-1910 (Durham, NC: Duke UP), winner of The Errol Hill Award for Outstanding Scholarship on African American Performance from ASTR, and Jeff Buckley’s Grace (New York: Continuum, 2005).  Brooks is currently working on a three-volume study of black women and popular music culture entitled Subterranean Blues: Black Women Sound Modernity. The first volume in the trilogy, Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Archive, the Critic, and Black Women’s Sound Cultures, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press. 

Brent Hayes Edwards

Brent Hayes Edwards is the author of Epistrophies: Jazz and the Literary Imagination (Harvard University Press, 2017), which won the 2018 ASCAP Foundation Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Music Criticism as well as the 2019 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism; and The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism (Harvard University Press, 2003), which was awarded the John Hope Franklin Prize of the American Studies Association, the Gilbert Chinard Prize of the Society for French Historical Studies, and runner-up for the James Russell Lowell Prize of the Modern Language Association. With Robert G. O’Meally and Farah Jasmine Griffin, he co-edited the collection Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies (Columbia University Press, 2004).

Sara Marcus

Sara Marcus is the author of Girls to the Front, a critical and cultural history of the 1990s punk movement Riot Grrrl, was published by Harper Perennial in 2010 and was a National Award for Arts Writing finalist. Her essays and criticism on art, music, literature, and politics have recently appeared in critical venues such as ArtforumBookforum, and Texte zur Kunst; mainstream publications including the New Republic, the Los Angeles Times, the Nation, and CNN.com; academic-adjacent forums such as Public BooksPost45, and the Los Angeles Review of Books; and in the books The Idea of the Avant-Garde (Manchester University Press, 2014), The Essential Ellen Willis (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), and No Regrets (n+1, 2014).

Elena Martínez

Elena Martínez is the Co-Artistic Director of the Bronx Music Heritage Center, a gallery and performance space that celebrates the Bronx’s musical and artistic legacy, and she has been a Folklorist at City Lore since 1997. She has produced or co-produced documentaries such as From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale (PBS 2006, winner of a 2007 ALMA Award for Best TV Documentary), We Like It Like That: The Story of Latin Boogaloo (SXSW Festival 2015), and Eddie Palmieri: A Revolution on Harlem River Drive (Red Bull Academy 2016). She has been awarded a 2013 BOROMIX Puerto Rican Heritage Award, Comité Noviembre’s Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad 2013, and a 2016 Community Award by El Maestro’s Cultural & Educational Center. Presently, she is working on a research project focusing on the Afro-Puerto Rican participation in the 369th Regimental Band (the “Harlem Hellfighters”) during WWI.