Soundscapes of Disaster and Humanitarianism: Survival Singing, Relief Telethons, and the Haiti Earthquake

  title={Soundscapes of Disaster and Humanitarianism: Survival Singing, Relief Telethons, and the Haiti Earthquake},
  author={Elizabeth Mcalister},
  journal={Small Axe},
  pages={22 - 38}
  • E. Mcalister
  • Published 1 November 2012
  • Art, Political Science
  • Small Axe
Juxtaposing two audiospheres (the Haitian streets after the 2010 earthquake and the "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon), this essay brings together scholarship on the visuality of suffering with work on music and emotion in order to explore the links between singing and knowledge, between humanitarianism and culture in the Caribbean, and between the photojournalism of disaster and the musicology of the disaster telethon. Even as Haitians sang widely in response to the earthquake, the disaster… 

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