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In this talk, Moushumi will present her way of 'slow' listening to archival recordings, following their traces and travelling through places to build her own Arnold Bake archive, which is an archive of archives.

Speaker's Bio: Dr. Moushumi Bhowmik

Moushumi Bhowmik is a singer, writer and practice-led researcher of Bengali music, based in Kolkata, India. She has been working for over two decades across  eastern India, Bangladesh and the UK, alone and with others, collecting songs and stories, with which they have created a rich and diverse online repository of field recordings from Bengal entitled The Travelling Archive.  Her work revolves around questions of home, homelessness, borders, homeland(s) and belonging. Moushumi holds a PhD from the School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University, India for her work on the wax cylinder and other recordings of Arnold Bake from Bengal. Her main interest is in studying sound and silence as ways of knowing and feeling, while also critically examining the place, purpose and politics of colonial archives and exploring possibilities of new ways of archiving.  She writes in Bengali and English.  

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