March 23-31, 2017
Examining Freedom of Speech at App State

Do You Hear What I Hear?

A discussion of hate music with Dr. Nancy Love
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 / 6:00pm-7:00pm
415 Plemmons Student Union (Rough Ridge)
Free event

There is a long history of protest music from progressive movements such as the civil rights, labor and environmental movements. Dr. Nancy Love leads a discussion of a different category of music, one which, she says, “is specifically intended to recruit members and raise funds in order to create hatred and promote violence.” This music, she says, “calls for another level of attention and response, especially since the target audience is often teenagers, who may not have the information they need in order to understand the affiliations of the groups making the music.”

Dr. Nancy S. Love

Dr. Nancy S. Love is a professor in the Department of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian. An award-winning teacher who offers classes on political theory and political ideologies, she joined the department in 2009. Her teaching and research emphasize political theory, especially critical theory, democratic theory and feminist theory.

She is the author of “Trendy Fascism: White Power Music and the Future of Democracy” (2016), “Musical Democracy” (2006), “Understanding Dogmas and Dreams: A Text, 2nd ed.” (2006) and “Marx, Nietzsche, and Modernity” (1986). Love is the editor of “Dogmas and Dreams: A Reader in Modern Political Ideologies, 4th ed.” (2010), and the co-editor of “Studying Politics Today: Critical Approaches to Political Science” (2014) and “Doing Democracy: Activist Art and Cultural Politics” (2013). She has also published numerous articles in prominent journals and contributed invited chapters to multiple edited volumes. She recently completed a six-year term as the co-editor of New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture. Love earned an A.B. degree from Kenyon College, and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University.

Recommended reading

Trendy Fascism by Dr. Nancy S. Love

By Dr. Nancy S. Love

Explores how white supremacist groups use popular music and culture to teach hate and promote violence.

Popular music plays a major role in mobilizing citizens, especially youth, to fight for political causes. Yet the presence of music in politics receives relatively little attention from scholars, politicians, and citizens. White power music is no exception, despite its role in recent high-profile hate crimes. Trendy Fascism is the first book to explore how contemporary white supremacists use popular music to teach hate and promote violence. Nancy S. Love focuses on how white power music supports “trendy fascism,” a neo-fascist aesthetic politics. Unlike classical fascism, trendy fascism involves a hyper-modern cultural politics that exploits social media to create a global white supremacist community. Three case studies examine different facets of the white power music scene: racist skinhead, neo-Nazi folk, and goth/metal. Together these cases illustrate how music has replaced traditional forms of public discourse to become the primary medium for conveying white supremacist ideology today. Written from the interdisciplinary perspective on culture, economics, and politics best described as critical theory, this book is crucial reading for everyone concerned about the future of democracy.

Musical Democracy by Dr. Nancy S. Love

By Dr. Nancy S. Love

How music functions as a metaphor and model for democracy.

Musical metaphors abound in political theory and music often accompanies political movements, yet music is seldom regarded as political communication. In this groundbreaking book, Nancy S. Love explores how music functions as metaphor and model for democracy in the work of political theorists and activist musicians. She examines deliberative democratic theorists—Jürgen Habermas and John Rawls—who employ musical metaphors to express the sense of justice that animates their discourse ideals. These metaphors also invoke embodied voices that enter their public discourse only in translation, as rational arguments for legal rights. Love posits that the music of activists from the feminist and civil rights movements—Holly Near and Bernice Johnson Reagon—engages deeper, more fluid energies of civil society by modeling a democratic conversation toward which deliberative democrats’ metaphors merely suggest. To omit movement music from politics is, Love argues, to refuse the challenges it poses to modern, rational, secular, Western democracy. In conclusion, Musical Democracy proposes that a more radical—and more musical—democracy would embrace the spirit of humanity which moves a politics dedicated to the pursuit of justice.

Say What? Examining Freedom of Speech at App State

Appalachian State University, like universities across the nation, is faced with the challenge of balancing a respect for and obligation to the First Amendment to the United States Constitution with an institutional culture of respect for thought, belief and community.

  • When members of our community express themselves in ways that belittle or degrade others, how do we address these actions?
  • When members of our community view expressions of speech as threats, how do we ensure their safety?
  • How can we protect freedom of speech and thought for all members of our community?
  • Can we – or should we – use policy to address these matters?

Through a weeklong series of conversations, panel discussions, speeches and forums with experts in the field, our community will explore these questions, and others.

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