Public Research Seminar: Professor Kevin Dawe - Could a Guitar Change the World? Guitar Making and Sustainabilty Studies
Public Research Seminar Series
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Guitar maker Jay Duncan poses the question of whether a guitar could change the world as he goes out to his Uganda-based workshop, where the local community has access to several Africa-based sources of wood, including mahogany, mugavu and ebony.
If a guitar could change the world, could it also play a role in saving it? What, then, should we make of guitar maker Mark Bailey, based in Scotland, who claims that all his acoustic guitars are handmade in the UK using only renewable energy sources?
In the case studies for this research seminar, Professor Kevin Dawe, from the University of Kent, discusses how those materials-cum-instruments are enmeshed in complex networks, and infrastructures of ecological, socio-cultural, political and economic relations and significance.