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Niko Higgins Appointed Guest Faculty at Sarah Lawrence College!

Niko Higgins

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.

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Dr. Nili Belkind Appointed as Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Illinois!

Dr. Nili Belkind

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.

Congratulations Nili!

Film Screening: Celebrating Tagore & Ray (Thurs 4/23, 8pm, FREE!)

Event Start: 
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 8:00pm
Location: 
701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology)

The Center for Ethnomusicology's Ethnographic Film Series Presents:
"Celebrating Tagore & Ray" -- A Screening of two films by Satyajit Ray.
Thursday, April 23
8PM
Center for Ethnomusicology (701C Dodge Hall)
Columbia University Morningside Campus
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Alessandra Ciucci appointed Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology

Prof. Alessandra Ciucci
Alessandra Ciucci will join the Department of Music as Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology on July 1, 2015.

Alessandra Ciucci received her PhD in music (Ethnomusicology) from The City University of New York at The Graduate Center. She was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Music at Columbia in 2008-10, and is also an undergraduate alumna of the Department of Music at Columbia with a BA from Columbia's School of General Studies.

Workshop with Prof. Georgina Born: "Retheorizing the Social; Rethinking the Genre" (4/1, 4-7pm)

Event Start: 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 4:00pm
Location: 
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusicology)
The Center for Ethnomusicology Presents a Workshop with:


Prof. Georgina Born (University of Oxford)

"Retheorizing the Social; Rethinking the Genre"

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
4-7pm
701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology)

Free and open to the public.







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Film Screening: Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 (4/2 8pm)

Event Start: 
Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 8:00pm
Location: 
701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology), Columbia Morningside Campus
The Center for Ethnomusicology's 2015 Ethnographic Film Series invite you to a screening of:

Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975


Thursday, April 2,  8 PM
701C Dodge Hall.
Refreshments to be served.
Free and open to the public!

About the Film: During the rise of The Black Power Movement in the 60s and 70s, Swedish Television journalists documented the unfolding cultural revolution for their audience back home, having been granted unprecedented access to prominent leaders such as Angela Davis, the SNCC's Stokely Carmichael, and Black Panthers founders Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale.  Now, after more than 30 years in storage, this never-before-seen footage spanning nearly a decade of Black Power is finally available. Director Goran Hugo Olsson presents this mixtape, highlighting the key figures and events in the movement, as seen in a light completely different than the narrative of the American media at the time.  Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, Abiodun Oyewole, John Forte, and Robin Kelley are among the many important voices providing narration and commentary, adding modern perspective to this essential time capsule of African-American history.





















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Prof. David Novak: "Music, protest,and the politics of festival in Japan's nuclear village" (March 23, Noon)

Event Start: 
Monday, March 23, 2015 - 12:00pm
Location: 
701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology)

The Center for Ethnomusicology Graduate Colloquium Series Presents: 

Prof.  David Novak
(University of California at Santa Barbara, & Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD Alumnus)

"Music, protest,and the politics of festival in Japan's nuclear village" 

Monday March 23, 2015
12:00 Noon

701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnousicology)
Free and Open to the Public

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David Novak is Associate Professor of Music and Co-Director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He is the author of Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Ciruclation (Duke Univ. Press, 2013).  He holds the PhD in Ethnomusicology from Columbia University.  His work explores cultural and political formations through the ethnography of popular music, and examines how the circulation of global media becomes central to processes of social and epistemological transformation. His interests include globalization of popular music, remediation, protest culture, and social practices of listening. His current project focuses on the politics of sound in urban Japan, particularly in the impact of noise regulations on homeless and migrant labor communities in South Osaka, and on the role of music, sound, and noise in the antinuclear movement in post-3.11 Japan.            

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"Concert Spirituals and the Black Soprano": Recital and Panel Discussion (4/22, 7pm)

Event Start: 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Columbia University St. Paul's Chapel: 1160 Amsterdam Avenue

"CONCERT SPRITUALS AND THE BLACK SOPRANO" (A RECITAL AND PANEL DISCUSSION)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
(Concert at 7pm; Panel Discussion at 8pm)

Location:  Columbia University St. Paul's Chapel, 1160 Amsterdam Avenue
Free and Open to the Public!

PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE:

This event is jointly sponsored by:

Music Performance Program
Columbia University Department of Music
Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program
Center of Ethnomusicology
Institute of Research in African-American Studies
Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life
Office of the Core Curriculum



TONIGHT! Prof. Elizabeth Povinelli - "The Otherwise in Geontological Power" (March 5, 6pm)

Event Start: 
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 6:00pm
Location: 
701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology
The Center for Ethnomusicology presents a talk by
PROF. ELIZABETH POVINELLI
(Anthropology and Gender Studies, Columbia University)
"The Otherwise in Geontological Power"
Thursday, March 5, 2015
6PM
701C Dodge Hall
(Center for Ethnomusicology)
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Elizabeth Povinelli is Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at COlumbia University.  Her writing has focused on developing a critical theory of late liberalism that would support an anthropology of the otherwise. Her first two books examine the governance of the otherwise in late liberal settler colonies from the perspective of the politics of recognition. Her most recent two books examined the same from the perspective of intimacy, embodiment, and narrative form. Prof. Povinelli's ethnographic analysis is animated by a critical engagement with the traditions of American pragmatism and continental immanent theory.

Click here for a full-sized poster (PDF)

Trevor Reed and Robin R. R. Gray Discuss Native American/First Nations Music Repatriation Projects (Wed 12/10, 1-3pm)

Event Start: 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 
701C Dodge Hall, Center for Ethnomusicology, Columbia Morningside Campus
The Center for Ethnomusicology Presents:

Native American Scholar/Activists Trevor Reed and Robin R. R. Gray Discuss Their Repatriations of Columbia's Laura Boulton Collection to Hopi and Tsimshian Communities

Wednesday,  December 10, 1-3PM 701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusicology)

This colloquium will feature Trevor Reed (Hopi, current Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD and Columbia Law JD student, reporting on his work repatriating Laura Boulton's 1933 and 1940 Hopi music collections, and Robin R. R. Gray, (Tsimshian, Lax'Kwalaams, Ginaxangiik Tribe, and Mikisew Cree First Nation, Anthropology PhD candidate at U Mass/Amherst), who is working to repatriate Boulton's 1933 Tsimshian (Northwest Coast) recordings, made (like the Hopi 1933 recordings) at the Chicago Century of Progress Exposition.

Reed and Gray are working to redevelop these recordings as assets for contemporary communities (and as the long-alienated cultural property of these communities) descended from the performers on the recordings, at the intersection of ethnomusicology, anthropology, cultural rights activism, archiving, and law.  Their work embraces and helps define current critical practice for scholarly and legal activism in accounting for and remediating the exploitation and hoarding of Native American cultural patrimony by collectors, ethnomusicologists, anthropologists, commercial interests, and scholarly and curatorial institutions throughout the 20th century. 

To learn more about Trevor Reed's work, visit the Hopi Music Repatriation Project blog here:
http://hopimusic.wordpress.com/

Listen to Trevor Reed discuss the project with Hopi Cultural Preservation Office (HCPO)repatriation coordinator, Lee Wayne Lomayestewa:
https://hopimusic.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/03-podcast_leewayne-final.mp3

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To learn more about Robin R. R. Gray's work, visit her website here:
http://www.sfu.ca/ipinch/about/ipinch-people/fellows/robin-r-r-gray

Or see a video interview with Robin R. R. Gray  here:
IPinCH Conversations / Robin R.R. Gray on Reconciliation and Repatriation  

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General information on the Center's extensive repatriation efforts can be found here:
http://news.columbia.edu/research/3186

Or on video here: 
http://vimeo.com/68637578


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