Dr. Warren Crichlow
Dr. Warren Crichlow is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University Toronto, Canada. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in areas of social foundations of education, cultural studies, globalization and migration, and museums and pedagogy, cultural memory and commemoration, educational theory and research methodology. His review essay, “Baldwin’s Rendezvous with the Twenty-first century: I am Not Your Negro,” appears in the summer 2017 issue of Film Quarterly. He is a co-editor of the forthcoming Spaces of New Colonialism: Reading Schools, Museums and Cities in the Tumult of Globalization (Peter Lang, 2018).
“Acoustic Activism as Critical Education: Willful Subjects, Cultural Practice, Social Change”
Examining the formidable, boundary-pushing yet insubordinate musical itinerary of African African composer-pianist-improviser, Julius Eastman (1940-1990), Dr. Crichlow argues that sound is a resonate site for both expanding educational imaginaries and creative cultural practices for social change (Gershon, 2017; Heble, 2017; Lewis 2008; Stoever, 2016). Eastman, a gay black man, and a multi-talented artist, lived by a willful (Ahmed, 2104) credo: “to be…Black to the fullest, a musician to the fullest, a homosexual to the fullest” (Packer & Leach, 2015, 2). This paper asks, might Eastman’s uncompromising adventurousness—the very sound of his transgressive politics of race and sexuality—contribute to enlivening critical education practice beyond the shackles of today’s instrumental educational normative values.
Last updated: 12/5/2017