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Benjamin Teitelbaum on Sing, Valkyrie, Sing: Musical Femininities and the Transformation of Nordic White Nationalism
WhenThursday, May 19, 2016, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Campus locationCommunications Building (CMU)
Campus room202
Event typesLectures/Seminars, Special Events
Event sponsorsDepartment of Scandinavian Studies

Benjamin Teitelbaum (Nordic Studies, Colorado, Boulder) is a scholar, commentator, and musician. He holds a B.M in Nyckelharpa Performance from Bethany College and a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Brown University. In this colloquium, he will focus on contemporary transformations in Nordic white nationalism. During the 1990s, Sweden emerged as a global center of neo-Nazi skinheadism and its flagship expressive form, white power music. But as racial separatists in the Nordic region confront a new era of immigration and multiculturalism, they are attempting to soften their image, and they are using new music and new musicians to do it. This talk explores the rise of female white nationalist singer Saga. A key source of inspiration for Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, Saga's music relies on performances of ultra traditional gender stereotypes to portray white populations as threatened and oppressed. By investigating her songs and their reception among far right audiences, this talk provides insight into the shifting conceptual universe of Europe's most radical anti-immigrant cause.

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