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Monday, November 30, 2020
12:00 PM






Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge


"Infectious Rhythms and Selling the Slow Island," lays the groundwork for thinking about "island time" as a pervasive trope that temporalizes the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis (and the people on them) as asynchronously other. Through an analysis of the changing national relationship to folk music throughout the mid-twentieth century, I argue that islanded temporalities, as they are understood by tourists and observers and as they are conceptualized and performed musically, are both lucrative and stigmatizing. Ultimately, this chapter positions "island time", a concept I develop over the course of the book, as the temporal frame that allows readers to think about musical and social speed as necessarily entangled.