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ESA3002 Politics of Performance: From Negotiation to Display

30 Sept – 25 Nov 2021

Workshop Partnership: Beyond Skin; Anthropology, Queen’s University Belfast
THURSDAYS 2-4pm online
Contact: Professor Fiona Magowan email:


Week 2: Inner Peace, Music and mindfulness by Mark Smullian (30 Sept)
Week 3: Music filling the power vacuum in Colombia by Edwar Caldéron (7 Oct)
Week 4: Protestant Marching Bands & Mental Health by Glenn Millar (14 Oct)
Week 5: In Place of War by Ruth Daniels (21 Oct)
Week 6: Reading Week
Week 7: Black youth music culture: Voice of Grime, Rap & Trap by Raphael Frank (4 Nov)
Week 8: The Arts of Youth – Rachael Stephanie Akinyi (11 Nov)
Week 9: Arts and Music Therapy – Music-Making Workshop by Janelle Junkin (18 Nov)
Week 10: Student compositions with Raphael Frank (25 Nov)

Rachael Stephanie Akinyi. Subject: "The Arts of Youth" (Poet, community activist with Smart Talk Café & artist manager of Anika Initiative Kenya)
In this event Rachael, better known as 'Spontaneous the Poet' will teach you how to curate poetry and spoken word like a pro! Rachel will be connecting from Smart Talk Café in Kenya and with her passion for poetics you'll be in great hands.

Raphael Frank  Subject: "Black youth music culture Voice of Grime, Rap & Trap" Raphael Frank is an Independent Music Producer who has worked with various artist within the UK Grime/Drill scene. Raphael uses his connections within the music and his musicality to encourage young people to not to give up on leading the life they wish to lead. "I will talk about the role of Grime/Rap/Trap as a voice for young people and music playing a part in Black Lives Matters. If students have the ability to record and play an instrument it would like to record them creating their own 8 - 16 bar loops that can be easily transferred during the session. Any lyrics they may have written, if they already rap/spoken word or if they would like to start." RF

Edwar Calderón.  Subject: "Music filling the power vacuum in Colombia: Recycled materials as instruments" Edwar Calderón is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Universidad EAFIT, on the multidisciplinary GCRF PEAK Urban Project. He is also a co-investigator in the project ¿Cuál es la verdad? (What´s the truth?) De-constructing collective imaginaries of violence and imagining alternative futures with young people in Chocó through music and arts (Changing the Story Large Grant Scheme). Edwar’s research interests lie in urban practices towards more sustainable and equitable human settlements in Latin America. His current research explores theories of spatial justice and production of (informal) space in geographies of conflict.

Janelle Junkin   Subject: "Arts as Empathy and Activism: Refugees and Asylum Seekers"  Janelle Junkin, PhD, MT-BC is a professor, researcher, consultant, and music therapist. Her clinical and research centers, globally and nationally, on community music therapy, conflict transformation, and identity development. She founded Orchestral Dialogues: Musicking with Community. She is published in the Journal of Applied Arts & Health and the International Journal of Education & the Arts. Her most recent book chapter was published in Healing Through the Arts for Non Clinical Practitioners, August 2018.

Glenn Millar. Subject: Made to Parade: "Protestant Marching Bands Playing A Role in a Heathy Mind." Glenn Millar a Belfast community worker and bandsman. Glenn has been involved with the Marching bands scene reflecting Protestant culture for over 35 years having been a member of Pride of the Raven and Ballymacarrett Defenders Flute Band. Recently Glenn published his book “Made to Parade” Made to Parade is set during 1984 and 1985 when Glenn first joined Pride of the Raven band as a flautist growing up on an interface in East Belfast were Protestant and Catholic territories lines met. Joining a band helped Glenn discover a passion for music, and when music became his passion the troubles lost their grip on his life, there was something else to live for and in the flute he found a friend that would never let him down.

Mark Smulian. Subject: "Inner Peace: Music and mindfulness" Mark Smulian is a gold and platinum music producer, composer, performer and educator and has been working in the music industry for over 40 years. Since 1995 Mark has also been working with music in the field of social cohesion and peace building. In 1998 Mark co-founded WhiteFlag the first Palestinian Israeli band in the world. Mark sits on the advisory board of Heartbeat Jerusalem, an NGO that brings young Palestinian and Israeli youth together through music. In 2017 Mark began an ongoing relationship with Beyond Skin of Northern Ireland. In 2018 Mark released his App, MindHarp that allows anyone to engage with musical sound.