[Blueboard] Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Jose S. Buenconsejo

Department of English [LS] english.soh at ateneo.edu
Thu Feb 7 14:31:49 +08 2019

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary,
and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila
University—in cooperation with CHED-Salikha's Ethnographies of Philippine
Auditory Popular Cultures (EPAPC)—will host a lecture by Jose S.
Buenconsejo. The lecture—titled "*Songs for the Masses: Humor in Max
Surban's Folk Urban Ballads*"—is on February 12, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. to
6:30 p.m., at Faura AVR, Ateneo de Manila University. The event is open to
the public.

*About the lecture*

A growing scholarly literature on the relationship of music to politics in
the Philippines has underscored the importance of song performativity as a
mass medium. In this paper, I explore what is it in most of Surban’s songs
that have struck a resonant chord in the lives of the poor and marginalized
Filipinos. A key to understanding this is to look into Max Surban’s songs
as satirical social commentaries that his listeners can relate to in their
everyday social experience of poverty and deprivation. Surban’s voice in
most of his songs, non-sentimental and true to the folk tradition (kanta)
from which it comes from, narrates the material conditions of individuals
as social types (and not sentimental individuals in mainstream theater).
Thus, his songs create what is akin to Bertolt Brecht’s "alienation" effect
that enables a critical contemplation on the harsh conditions that the poor
are in. Humor is an important palliative ingredient in the reception of
Surban’s songs as "novelty." I argue that this masks the social pain that
could have led, along with critical reflection, to a positive and enduring
social transformation.

*About the resource person*

Jose S. Buenconsejo is Professor of Musicology at the University of the
Philippines College of Music.

*About Kritika Kultura*

Kritika Kultura is acknowledged by a host of Asian and Asian American
Studies libraries and scholarly networks, and indexed in the MLA
International Bibliography, Arts and Humanities Citation Index (Clarivate),
Scopus, EBSCO, the Directory of Open Access Journals, and the International
Consortium of Critical Theory Programs (ICCTP). For inquiries about
submission guidelines and future events, visit
http://journals.ateneo.edu/ojs/kk or email kk.soh at ateneo.edu.

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