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Dr. Robin Gray (UC Santa Cruz) -- "Repatriation and Decolonization: Thoughts on Ownership, Access, and Control" (Friday Sept. 30

Event Start: 
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 4:00pm
Location: 
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusioclogy)
The Center for Ethnomusicology is pleased to welcome:
Dr. Robin R. R. Gray (Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in History, University of California, Santa Cruz)

speaking on:  "Repatriation and Decolonization: Thoughts on Ownership, Access, and Control."

Friday, Sept. 30, 2016
4PM-6PM (reception to follow)
701C Dodge Hall
Free and Open to the Public

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Members of the public are also invited to join Dr. Gray for a session of Prof. Aaron Fox's class "Music in Contemporary Native America" on:

Thursday, Sept. 29, 6PM-7:30PM, 701C Dodge Hall


This presentation is based on an assigned reading from Dr. Gray's PhD dissertation: "Ts'msyen Revolution" Chaps 1-4.

Bio: Dr. Robin Gray (Ts’msyen) holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology (2015), and a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Studies (2015) from the University of Massachusetts.  She is currently a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at the University of California Santa Cruz. Her work engages in multi-sited, community-based research projects involving the international repatriation of Ts’msyen songs from archives, and embodied heritage reclamation in an urban Ts’msyen dance group. She is also developing a comprehensive knowledge dissemination strategy based on the topic, Researching, Representing and Repatriating Ts’msyen Cultural Heritage.  

Dr. Gray's website can be viewed at:   
http://www.robingray.ca

For more information contact Aaron Fox at aaf19@columbia.edu

Prof. Alessandra Ciucci: "Performing Rurality: Music and Migration across the Mediterranean" (University Seminar in Arabic Studi

Event Start: 
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Faculty House, Columbia University
University Seminars at Columbia University
SEMINAR IN ARABIC STUDIES presents

"Performing Rurality: Music and Migration across the Mediterranean (Morocco-Italy)"

Speaker: Alessandra Ciucci
Columbia University, Department of Music

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Faculty House, 7-8 pm


Alessandra Ciucci is currently Assistant Professor of Music (Ethnomusicology) at Columbia University. She received her PhD in music (ethnomusicology) from The City University of New York at The Graduate Center. Her research interests include: the music of Morocco, North Africa, the Mediterranean, music and gender, sung poetry, and music and migration. Her articles appear in Ethnomusicology, The Yearbook for Traditional Music, The International Journal of Middle East Studies, Mondi Migranti, Cahiers de musiques traditionnelles, in the Sage Encyclopaedia of Ethnomusicology, and in several edited volumes. Ciucci has been a recipient of a Fulbright foreign scholarship grant (Morocco), a fellowship from the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women, a grant from the American Institute for Maghrib Studies Grant, and a Junior faculty summer research grant for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. Ciucci was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Music Department at Columbia 2008-10.

Professor Ciucci will discuss the sound of a specific notion of the rural (l-‘ǝrubiya) which, through contemporary migration, travels from central Morocco across the Mediterranean to Italy. She ethnographically explores how the sound of such a notion of the rural—as a site of aesthetic behaviors, performative acts, and signifying practices—resonates across borders through ‘abidat rma—a musico-poetic genre performed at private and public celebrations and circulated through cassettes, CDs, DVDs, MP3s, and the Internet in Morocco and abroad. She argues that ‘abidat rma challenges a sonic construction of the Mediterranean which has privileged a Eurocentric mode of listening, rather than that experienced by moving and migrating bodies. To this end, Ciucci explores how Moroccan men from the central regions of Morocco, engaged in the experience and in the imagination of migration across the Mediterranean to Italy, disrupt a seamless narrative of the Mediterranean through the performance of a specific and intimate sense of the rural in sound. She examines how the poetic language, gesture, and sound of ‘abidat rma are imbued with locality, how this sung poetry gives voice to conflicts of transformation, and how it articulates the affective and sonic lives of generations of male Moroccan migrants at a transnational level.

The talk will begin at 7:00 pm. For more information or to register for the pre-talk dinner, write the seminar's rapporteur Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah (su2156@columbia.edu) no later than Thursday, September 29, 2016.  

For a listing of Seminars in Arabic Studies, visit http://universityseminars.columbia.edu/seminars/arabic-studies/

Barnard Music Major Thesis Presentations Thursday May 12, 4:15PM-6:15PM, 701C Dodge Hall


You are warmly invited to attend a presentation of senior thesis projects completed by graduating Barnard College Music/Ethnomusicology majors Esther Adams, Anna Koeck Ehrman, Jenny Payne, Gen Ambrose, and Delaney Ross.  

Featuring five 20-minute oral presentations, the event will occur on 


THURSDAY MAY 12
4:15 to 6:15PM 
701C Dodge Hall, The Center for Ethnomusicology

Reception to Follow

We are very proud of our thesis-writing students and encourage you to come and hear about their diverse and fascinating research projects. 
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The presentations will be in the order below; if you are unable to attend the entire event you are welcome to drop in and out.  

4:15-4:35PM  Esther Adams — "A Naïve Mélange:" Examining Racialized Properties of Sound in Harry Lawrence Freeman’s "Jazz Opera” Voodoo 

4:40-5:00PM Anna Koeck Ehrman — The Colonial Legacy of the Ethnomusicological Archive: An Exploration of ILAM’s African Music Repatriation Project

5:05-5:25PM Jenny Payne  — Now Let's Get in Formation: the Personal and Political of "Beyoncé feminism"

5:30-5:50PM Genevieve Ambrose — Wizard Rock Heartthrobs: Power, Gender and Economics in Harry Potter Musical Fandom

5:55-6:15PM Delaney Ross — Our Hawai'i: Environmental Protest Music on the Big Island of Hawai’i

For information contact Prof Fox, aaf19@columbia.edu

Adam Kielman Wins Julie How Fellowship from Weatherhead Institute!

Adam Kielman

The Center for Ethnomusicology congratulates PhD student Adam Kielman, who has been awarded the Julie How Fellowship by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. The award provides support for a year of dissertation write-up to a student in history or the social sciences with a research focus on China.


Mr. Kielman, who is also an alumnus of Columbia College (EALAC major, LAJPP performer) is completing a dissertation on local popular music and politics in China under the sponsorship of Prof. Ana Maria Ochoa. 

Congratulations Adam!

PhD Alumnus Timothy Mangin Appointed Assistant Professor of Music at Boston College!



The Center for Ethnomusicology warmly congratulates 2013 PhD program alumnus Dr. Timothy Mangin, who has just been appointed as a tenure track Assistant Professor of Music at Boston College.  

Timothy Mangin is an ethnomusicologist and musician researching the intersection of popular music, race, ethnicity, religion, and cosmopolitanism in West Africa and the African Diaspora. He received his doctorate from Columbia University in 2013 and received fellowships from the Columbia University’s Center for Comparative Literature and Society, St. Lawrence University’s Department of Music, Mellon Foundation, the Foreign Language Areas Studies Program and a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Research Abroad Program.  He taught at Columbia University, New York University, St. Lawrence University, and the City University of New York. An improvisational flutist, Tim founded St. Lawrence University’s Jazz and Improv Ensemble and also studies mbira and is a member of Capoeira Brasil.  His writings have appeared in the edited volumes Begegnungen: The World Meets Jazz and Uptown Conversations: The New Jazz Studies as well as reviews in The Yearbook for Traditional Music and Ethnomusicology On-Line. Tim is working on a book examining indigenous cosmopolitanism through the intersection of the Senegalese urban dance music called mbalax and the practice of black, Wolof (the dominant ethnic group), gendered, and Muslim identities. He is also exploring blackness in Senegalese hip hop and the dynamics of improvisation in New York City’s underground hip hop and jazz scene.  The Digital Humanities is a key part of Tim’s pedagogy and research that began when he worked at Columbia’s Institute for Research in African American Studies on the Malcolm X Project, under the direction Manning Marable, and further developed with students at The City College of New York.  

Dr. Mangin's Columbia PhD dissertation, on Senegalese mbalax, was advised by Prof. George Lewis. 

Congratulations to Dr. Marceline Saibou!


We warmly congratulate Dr. Marceline Saibou, who successfully defended her PhD dissertation on popular music in Togo on Friday, May 13, 2016.   Dr. Saibou's dissertation was sponsored by Prof. Aaron Fox, and her committee included Profs. Alessandra Ciucci and George Lewis (Music, Columbia), and distinguished Columbia ethnomusicology alumni Prof. Ryan Skinner (Music and African Studies, OSU) and Prof. Andrew Eisenberg (Music, NYU Abu Dhabi). 

Congratulations Dr. Saibou! 

Photo from left to right: G. Lewis, A. Ciucci, M. Saibou, A. Fox

Congratulations to Dr. Sara Snyder!


We warmly congratulate Dr. Sara Snyder, who successfully defended her dissertation on Cherokee language translational poetics and early childhood immersion education on Friday, May 6, 2016.  Her dissertation was sponsored by Prof. Aaron Fox, and her committee included Profs. Bambi Schieffelin (Anthropology, NYU), David Samuels (Music, NYU), Ana Maria Ochoa (Music, Columbia), and CU ethno alumna Prof. Amanda Minks (Anthropology, Oklahoma).

Dr. Snyder has also recently been appointed as a visiting assistant professor of anthropology and sociology at Western Carolina University in 2016-17.

Congratulations Dr. Sara Snyder!



Photo, left to right: D. Samuels, B. Schieffelin, S. Snyder, A. Ochoa, and A. Fox

Els Lagrou -- Cashinahua Song-Images: Reflections on an Amerindan Relational Aesthetics (Thurs April 28, 5pm)

Event Start: 
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 5:00pm
Location: 
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusioclogy)

The Spring 2016 Ethnomusicology Colloquium Series Presents: 

Cashinahua Song-Images: Reflections on an Amerindan Relational Aesthetics

Els Lagrou  

(Associate Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) Graduate Program in Sociology and Anthropology, CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development) Researcher Coordinator of NAIPE –Center of Amerindian Studies)

April 28, 2016 5:00 pm 
701c Dodge Hall 
Columbia University Center for Ethnomusicology
Free and Open to the Public

Columbia University Morningside Campus

PhD Alumna Dr. Lauren Flood Appointed Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT!

The Center for Ethnomusicology warmly congratulates PhD alumna Dr. Lauren Flood, who has been appointed as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 
Dr. Lauren Flood



















Lauren Flood earned the Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Columbia in 2015.  She researches sound technologies and experimental instrument building practices in the contexts of the do-it-yourself ethos, maker culture, and popular and experimental music scenes. She held a Whiting Fellowship for her dissertation, “Building and Becoming: DIY Music Technology in New York and Berlin,” with fieldwork supported by the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies and the National Science Foundation. Lauren’s work is situated at the nexus of music, anthropology, sound studies, and science and technology studies. She engages with dialogs on critical organology, creativity and knowledge production, histories and aesthetics of sound and recording practices, vernacular technologies and everydayness, ethics and labor in the music industry, alternative methods in science and technology education, and the contemporary sense of self as mediated through the arts.

At Columbia, she has been a teaching fellow in Music Humanities and Asian Music Humanities, the graduate assistant for the Center for Ethnomusicology, an editorial board member and reviews editor for Current Musicology, and on the organizing committee of the Columbia Music Scholarship Conference. She has presented her work at annual meetings of the Society for Ethnomusicology, the American Anthropological Association, the Society for the Social Studies of Science, and the EMP Pop Conference.

Prior to her graduate studies, Lauren completed her undergraduate degree at Drexel University, with a major in music industry and a minor in anthropology. While living in Philadelphia, she studied and performed as a guitarist, worked in copyrights and licensing, and assisted with research at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. She also completed field schools in Latin American ethnomusicology and archaeology, maintaining a long-standing interest in Mesoamerica and the modern Mayan region.

Dr. Flood's Columbia PhD dissertation was advised by Prof. Ana Maria Ochoa. 

Louise Meintjes (Duke U): "Ululation" (Fri Nov 13, 2015, 4pm)

Event Start: 
Friday, November 13, 2015 - 4:00pm
Location: 
701C Dodge Hall, Center for Ethnomusicology

The Center for Ethnomusicology presents a talk by:

Prof. Louise Meintjes
(Departments of Anthropology and Music, Duke University)

"Ululation"

Date:  Friday, November 13, 2015
Time: 4:00PM
Location: 701C Dodge Hall, Center for Ethnomusicology. (Columbia University Morningside Campus at 116th St.
(Location Map)

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.

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