Book Launch: Micah E. Salkind, “Do You Remember House?: Chicago’s Queer of Color Undergrounds”

CSREA and the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage

Featuring the author: Dr. Micah Salkind, Special Projects Manager for The City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Humanities in the Department of American Studies at Brown University

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About the book

This interdisciplinary study historicizes house music, the rhythmically focused electronic dance sound born in the post-industrial maroon spaces of Chicago’s queer, black, and Latino social dancers. Working from oral history interviews, archival research, and performance ethnography, it argues that the remediation and adaptation of house by multiple and overlapping crossover communities in its first decade shaped the ways that contemporary Chicago house music producers, DJs, dancers, and promoters re-remember and re-animate house as an archive indexing experiences of queer of color congregation. Engaging with and extending the fields of African American studies, urban studies, gender and sexuality studies, dance studies, performance studies, popular music studies, ethnomusicology, and media studies, Do You Remember House? considers house music culture’s liberatory potential in relation to its flexible repertoire in motion, an ever-expanding archive of danceable sounds.

Free and open to the public. Book sale, book signing, and reception to follow.

Presented by the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) and the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage.