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Music, time, and international political economy: making coevalness

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Recent critical studies in International Political Economy have engaged with the ‘temporal turn’ in International Relations. However, outside of postcolonial critiques, this temporal turn in IPE has not considered how subjects share time or how coevalness is produced. This paper explores the problem of coevalness by asking how music produces shared time and plural temporalities. It analyses a collection of experimental electronic music, 4 Women No Cry, arguing that mobilising vulnerabilities through the co-presence of bodies in ‘musicking’ points towards possibilities for subjectivity beyond the individuated, sovereign, autonomous individual subject and for an intercorporeal subjectivity emerging from the intertwining of material and social relations. This article thus does not offer an ‘IPE of music’ but rather asserts, via music, a deepening of the critique of temporality and of subjectivity, opening further possibilities for political critique in IPE.

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Author(s): Davies Matt

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Review of International Political Economy

Year: 2023

Volume: 30

Issue: 4

Pages: 1560-1581

Online publication date: 28/09/2022

Acceptance date: 24/08/2022

Date deposited: 30/09/2022

ISSN (print): 0969-2290

ISSN (electronic): 1466-4526

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/09692290.2022.2122066


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