Agata Łuksza – „Glamour, Femininity, and Performance: Actress as an Object of Desire”
Marcin Napiórkowski – „Mnemonic dimension of the Political Transformation in the Light of Commemorative Resolutions Passed by the Polish Parliament in the years 1989–2014”
Artur Szarecki – „Popular Music and Post-hegemonic Politics”
Within cultural studies, the research on popular music’s involvement in social life often aims to demonstrate how music contributes to establishing, maintaining or contesting relations of power. However, in this approach, music is primarily conceived as a symbolic phenomenon, influencing people’s action through the transmission of meaning. Consequently, its political effects are understood as ideological. More often than not, this has led to marginalizing the embodied character of musical experience. Therefore, the aim of this project was to conceptualize and analyze relations between the materiality of music, conceived as a sonic phenomenon that hinges on vibrations, and social and cultural processes. Drawing on the posthegemonic framework, it attempted to demonstrate how sound can be employed to modulate habitual behavior of individuals and populations directly through affect.
This approach was developed on the grounds of two empirical case studies. Analyzing the violent incident during the concert of the Polish rapper, Peja, I argued, that the intensity of the acoustic experience have augmented his verbal expression, which contained a direct incitement to violence, prompting some of the concertgoers to aggressive behavior. Furthermore, I considered the corporate lib dub placing it within a wider history of practices that employed sound to directly affect the efficacy of work. Therefore, both cases involved the use of popular music as a means of social control, but its execution was not contingent on music’s symbolic message, but rather on the underlying intensive processes that modulated the bodies’ capacities to act. Consequently, the posthegemonic approach can better account for the complexity of music’s entanglement with power within contemporary societies, comprising a comprehensive analytical approach that does not reduce music’s role to ideological legitimation, but considers its multiple capacities to materially affect the body as well.
Weronika Parfianowicz-Vertun – „Texts and Actions. Central Europe as a project in Polish and Czech Discussions in the 1970’s and 1980’s”