The Hidden Geography of the Minneapolis Sound
Dr. Rashad Shabazz
School of Social Transformation
Arizona State University
Abstract: The talk will examine the social and spatial production of the Minneapolis Sound (the music that Prince made famous) from the mid 19th century until the mid 1970s. Through migration, political economy, public school policy and housing, this talk will show that the Minneapolis Sound was not the creation of one genius but rather the byproduct of social conditions.
Biography: Professor Rashad Shabazz's academic expertise brings together human geography, Black cultural studies, gender studies, and critical prison studies. His research explores how race, sexuality and gender are informed by geography. His most recent work (Spatializing Blackness, University of Illinois Press, 2015) examines how carceral power within the geographies of Black Chicagoans shaped urban planning, housing policy, policing practices, gang formation, high incarceration rates, masculinity and health. Shabazz's scholarship has appeared in Souls, The Spatial-Justice Journal, ACME, Gender, Place and Culture and Occasions and he has also published several book chapters and book reviews. He is currently working on two projects: the first examines how Black people use public spaces to negotiate and perform race, gender and sexual identity as well as to express political or cultural identity. The second project uncovers the role Black musicians in Minneapolis played in giving rise to "the Minneapolis sound".
ENR2 Building, Room S107
Friday, January 26th at 3:30pm
Refreshments starting at 3:00pm