Public Event

Audible Cosmology: Belfries, Minarets, and the Sounding of Ethnoreligious Sentiment in Post-2000 Bulgaria
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Donna Buchanan
Musicology Division, Associate 2017-18


Professor Buchanan’s paper concerns how the interface of the everyday and the cosmological in postsocialist Bulgaria is being sounded, heard, and enacted through cultural performance. Specifically, she will juxtapose three incidents, each encountered during a year’s fieldwork in 2010–11, when the sound worlds of Christianity and Islam collided, revealing a politics of religious nationalism whose contested audibility, through bellringing and the call to prayer, staked a certain moral claim on the public space of Bulgaria’s future.