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The Royal Anthropological Insitute Blacking Lecture: Janet Topp Fargion
Thursday 31 October 2019, 07:00pm - 08:30pm
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The Royal Anthropological Institute Blacking Lecture

will be given by

Dr Janet Topp Fargion, British Library

Archiving World Music Cultures and the Impacts of Listening

Thursday 31 October 2019
7:00pm, Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

The lecture will be followed by refreshments.

This event is free, but tickets must be booked. To book tickets please go to

Drawing on historic recordings from Africa, Asia and South America

Easy access to music and sound in the digital world presents new challenges to archives such as the British Library. How far should they be ‘gatekeepers’ when it comes to world and ethnographic recordings, particularly when people from the cultures represented have very diverse expectations and uneven access to technologies?

Draws on historic recordings from Africa, Asia and South America, the 2019 Royal Anthropological Insitute Blacking Lecture is given by Janet Topp Fargion, Lead Curator, World and Traditional Music at the British Library Sound Archive

The annual Royal Anthropological Institute Blacking Lecture is named in honour of esteemed ethnomusicologist and anthropologist John Blacking (1928-1990).

This event is in collaboration with the British Library.

Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road