The Center for Ethnomusicology warmly congratulates our colleague Prof. Ana Maria Ochoa (Ethnomusicology), whose new book Aurality: Listening and Knowledge in Nineteenth Century Colombia (Duke University Press, 2014) has been co-awarded the prestigious Alan Merriam Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology.
The Merriam Prize recognizes "the most distinguished, published English-language monograph in the field of ethnomusicology" of the prior two year period.
Lodging for MACSEM 2016 in Charlottesville is the Graduate Hotel.
1309 West Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903
$109 / night for single, double, triple or quadruple occupancy (same rate applies)
Reservations must be made by 5pm on Friday February 19, 2016 in order to secure the discounted rate.
Click here for a Google Maps view of the hotel location
MACSEM 2016 Call for Papers (Deadline Passed)
Please note: ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JAN. 20, 2016!
The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (MACSEM) invites proposals for its 35th annual chapter meeting, to be held March 5-6, 2016, at the McIntire Department of Music, University of Virginia.
We are delighted to announce that Prof. Anthony Seeger will give this year's keynote address.
The Program Committee will review presentations on any subject in music scholarship, but especially welcomes abstracts that fit the theme "Ethnomusicology in the 21st Century." Topics may include, but are by no means limited to:
- Changes in ethnomusicology and related disciplines in the twenty-first century;
- Engagement with related fields and practices, whether long-standing or emergent;
- New and old technologies in ethnomusicological research and publication, and their implications for circulation, privacy, and collaboration;
- Ethnomusicological research and issues of contemporary life: for example, migration flows, border crossings, climate change, inequality, or enduring geopolitical conflict;
- Ethnomusicological history, research paradigms, and narratives in the “long” 20th century (including the turns of the 20th and 21st centuries).
We invite proposals from ethnomusicologists as well as music scholars working in related fields, including historical musicology, anthropology, media studies, folklore, performance studies, sound studies, and cultural studies. MACSEM awards the Hewitt Pantaleoni Prize each year to the best student paper delivered at the annual meeting.
Options for presentations include scholarly papers (20-minute presentation,10-minute discussion), organized panels of three or four papers, poster sessions, lecture-demonstrations, film/video screenings, and workshops.
Paper proposals should include an abstract of no more than 250 words. Those proposing panels should submit one 200-word abstract for the entire panel, as well as individual abstracts for each presenter. Abstracts should clearly indicate the central argument, evidence, research methodology, and conclusions of the proposed paper. In an email, include with your proposal: the name(s) of the presenter(s), institutional affiliation(s), title of presentation, format of presentation (paper, panel, poster, workshop, etc.), A/V equipment requirements, e-mail address, and phone number. Please attach your abstract to your email in a PDF that includes a title and no identifying information.
Please send abstracts by e-mail to Kendra Salois, Program Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “MACSEM 2016 Proposal Submission.”
Deadline: EXTENDED TO January 20, 2016. Early submissions are strongly encouraged! Decisions will be announced by February 8, 2016.
Friday, November 13, 2015 - 4:00pm
701C Dodge Hall, Center for Ethnomusicology
The Center for Ethnomusicology presents a talk by:
Prof. Louise Meintjes
(Departments of Anthropology and Music, Duke University)
Date: Friday, November 13, 2015
Location: 701C Dodge Hall, Center for Ethnomusicology. (Columbia University Morningside Campus at 116th St.
Free and open to the public; reception to follow talk.
Louise Meintjes is Associate Professor of Music and Cultural Anthropology at Duke University and author of Sound of Africa! Making Music Zulu in a South African Studio (Duke UP 2003). Her new book, Dust of the Zulu: Ngoma Aesthetics after Apartheid, is forthcoming on Duke University Press in 2016.
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 4:00pm
701C Dodge Hall -- The Center for Ethnomusicology (Columbia University Morningside Campus)
The Center for Ethnomusicology presents a talk by:
Prof. Alex E. Chavez
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
University of Notre Dame
"Sounds of a Precarious Present, or Post-Mexico in the Offing . . ."
Date: Thursday, November 12 2015
Time: 4:00PM-6:00PM (reception to follow)
Location: 701C Dodge Hall - The Center for Ethnomusicology (Columbia U. Morningside Campus, at 116th St.)
Free and Open to the Public, No RSVP Required
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Abstract: In the post-NAFTA era of intensified transnational migration, state and narco violence carried out with impunity, and calls for indigenous autonomy across Mexico, the growing perception of a waning Mexican state has taken hold in both the local and the global imagination. Dr. Chávez’s talk considers this tensive reality and attends to a grassroots politics of culture with specific focus on the New Years Eve ritual huapango arribeño performance in the highlands of northeastern Guanajuato. There, two ensembles engage in both poetic dueling and musical flyting in the town of Xichú from dusk until dawn while thousands of spectators ring in the New Year. The ensuing music and poetics that fluoresce, it is argued, animate affective desires of connection and recognition that gesture toward a post-national imagination. In pursuit of this claim, the expressive grammar of huapango arribeño is considered alongside conventional scriptings of Mexican cultural nationalism—which have inscribed huapango as one musical trope of Mexicanidad—and officialized state discourses voiced recently in the face of widespread social unrest across Mexico.
Alex E. Chávez earned his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in folklore and public culture and also holds doctoral portfolios in both Mexican American Studies and Cultural Studies. Before joining the department, he was a post-doctoral fellow in the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he served as both a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Latina/Latino Studies and a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology. From 2012-2014 he taught in the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Centered around the US-Mexico Borderlands and Latinas/os in the United States, Chavez’s research and teaching interests explore the innermost workings of transnational migration, embodiment, place-making, and everyday life as manifest in political economies of performance with particular emphasis on music and language. His forthcoming book is entitled ¡Huapango!: Mexican Music, Bordered Lives, and the Sounds of Crossing (Duke University Press). In collaboration with Daniel Sheehy—Director and Curator of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings—he is currently lead consultant for a Folkways recording of huapango arribeño for inclusion in the world-renowned Tradiciones music series, lending an anthropological perspective on this music to a broader audience. In a similar capacity, he also serves as co-contributing editor of the Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists column in Anthropology News, helping anthropological research focused on U.S. Latinas/o communities reach a wider public. He has published in the Latin American Music Review, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Southern Cultures, Música Oral del Sur, and has contributed to Celebrating Latino Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Cultural Traditions (2012), Iconic Mexico (2015), Latino, American, Dream (forthcoming, Texas A&M Press), in addition to Con La Música a Otra Parte: Migración e Identidad en La Lírica Queretana (2010) published with the support of the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y Las Artes in Mexico.
Alex Chavez Curriculum Vitae
Monday, October 26, 2015 - 4:00pm
701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology)
The Center for Ethnomusicology Colloquium Series Presents:
Prof. Carlos Sandroni
(Ethnomusicology, Federal University of Pernambuco [Recife], Brazil)
"Mário de Andrade (1893-1945) and the music of Northeastern Brazil"
Monday Oct. 26, 2015
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusicology)
Free and Open to the Public
Carlos Sandroni was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1958. He studied Sociology and Political Sciences in the university of Rio, and guitar in private lessons. He did a doctorate in Musicology in France, at the Université de Tours. His dissertation (finished in 1997) was in the early history of samba, and it was published in Rio in 2001. The early history of Brazilian popular music (roughly, 1880-1940) remains a field of interest.
Sandroni came back to Brazil in 1997 and since then has taught Ethnomusicology at the Federal University of Pernambuco (Recife). The Brazilian Ethnomusicology Association was founded in 2001 and Sandroni was its first president (2001-2004). In 2004, the Brazilian Ministry of Culture hired him to work on the Brazilian nomination for the Intangible Cultural Heritage list of Unesco, samba-de-roda from Bahia. The nomination was accepted by Unesco. Since then he has developed a second important field of research: the impact of the public policies related to Intangible Cultural Heritage on popular musicians and dancers from Northeastern Brazil.
In 2007,Sandroni was a Tinker Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2008, he was an Associate Researcher at the Center for Ethnomusicology Research in Paris.
Sandroni published an earlier book, on the Brazilian writer-musicologist Mário de Andrade and his work on public culture (São Paulo, 1988). He also co-edited two other volumes with colleagues: one about the samba de roda from Bahia (Brasília, 2007), and another about the public policies on intangible heritage (Recife, 2014).
He has published two collections of field recordings. One is a double CD on traditional music from Pernambuco and the neighbor state of Paraíba (Recife, 2005), and the other is a single CD on samba de roda music (Salvador, 2006).
As a singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Sandroni published in 2014 the CD "Sem regresso."
His current projects are a collection of articles on the history of Brazilian popular music, and a book on the Intangible Heritage Policies in Brazil.
The Department of Music and the Center for Ethnomusicology warmly congratulate our Class of 2015 Graduates! We wish you all every success on the road ahead!
Yeana Lee (Departmental Honors)
Mitchell Veith (Departmental Honors)
SCHOOL OF GENERAL STUDIES (Music Majors)
Audrey Amsellem (Departmental Honors)
BARNARD COLLEGE (Music Majors)
Courtney Craig (Ethnomusicology)
Sophie Lewis (Ethnomusicology)
Cecile Urmenyhazi (Ethnomusicology)
GRADUATE STUDENTS (GSAS)
Shannon Garland (Ethnomusicology)
Melissa Gonzalez (Ethnomusicology)
Jonathan “Toby” King (Ethnomusicology)
Martha Newland (Ethnomusicology)
DMA in Composition
Sophia “Zosha” di Castri
The Center for Ethnomusicology warmly congratulates our alumnus Dr. Nicholas (Niko) Higgins, (PhD, Ethnomusicology, 2013), who has been appointed to a (renewable) Guest Faculty position at Sarah Lawrence College.
Dr. Higgins' PhD dissertation is entitled "Confusion in the Karnatic Capital: Fusion in Chennai, India." It was advised by Prof. Christopher Washburne. Dr. Higgins has previously taught at Columbia University and at The New School.
The Center for Ethnomusicology congratulates 2009 Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD alumnus Dr. Andrew Eisenberg,
who has been appointed Assistant Professor of Music at New York University's Abu Dhabi campus!
Andrew J. Eisenberg is Assistant Professor of Music at NYU Abu Dhabi. He was Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and
Anthropology at Bard College in 2013-14, and at NYUAD in 2014-15. Between 2011 and 2013, he served as
Postdoctoral Research Associate in charge of the Kenya portion of the
ERC Music and Digitisation Programme, while also holding a junior
research fellowship at St. Catherine's College, Oxford. He earned a PhD
in ethnomusicology from Columbia University in 2009, with a dissertation
on vocal expression, emplacement and citizenship among marginalized
Muslims of Kenya's 'Swahili coast'. A book based on his dissertation is
slated for completion in 2014. Its working title is Sound and
Citizenship: Voice, Place, and Belonging on Kenya's 'Swahili Coast'.
has published articles and chapters in the journal Africa, The New
Encyclopedia of Africa (Scribner), Anthropology News, and the volume
Music, Sound and Space: Transformations of Public and Private Experience
(ed. Georgina Born, Cambridge University Press). He is currently
writing three articles for the Music and Digitisation Project. Based on a
year of fieldwork in Nairobi, they examine how Kenya's music recording
industry has been, and continues to be, transformed by the digital
revolution, the liberalisation of mass media and telecommunications, and
intellectual property rights reform.
Andrew has previously held visiting posts
at Northwestern University and Stony Brook University, where he has
taught courses in African and African American music, and
ethnomusicological theory and method
The Center for Ethnomusicology warmly congratulates Dr. Nili Belkind, a 2014 alumna of the Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD Program, who has been awarded a two-year Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities-Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Belkind's Columbia dissertation is entitled Music in conflict: Palestine, Israel, and the politics of aesthetic production. It was sponsored (advised) by Prof. Christopher Washburne. The dissertation is an ethnographic study of the fraught and complicated cultural politics of music making in Israel-Palestine in the context of the post-Oslo era, a time of highly polarized sentiments and general retreat from the expressive modes of relationality that accompanied the 1990s peace process. In it, she examines the politics of sound and the ways in which music making and attached discourses reflect and constitute identities, and also, contextualize political action. Ethical and aesthetic positions that shape contemporary artistic production in Israel-Palestine are informed by profound imbalances of power between the State (Israel), the stateless (Palestinians of the oPt), the complex positioning of Israel’s Palestinian minority, and contingent exposure to ongoing political violence.
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 8:00pm
The Center for Ethnomusicology's Ethnographic Film Series Presents: "Celebrating Tagore & Ray" -- A Screening of two films by Satyajit Ray.
701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology)
Thursday, April 23
Center for Ethnomusicology (701C Dodge Hall)
Columbia University Morningside Campus
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC