Friday, November 4, 2016 - 4:00pm
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusioclogy)
The Center for Ethnomusicology is please to present a colloquium presentation by:
Prof. John W. Troutman
(History and Geography, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, author of Indian Blues and the new Kika Kila)
"Steel Bars and Hawaiian Guitars: (Re)Centering Indigenous Technology and Musical Practice within the Origins of the Modern Music Industry."
Friday November 4, 2016
4:00PM to 6:00PM
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusicology)
Reception to follow talk
Free and open to the public!
The Hawaiian steel guitar profoundly altered the early twentieth-century sounds of the modern music industry. However, few scholars have acknowledged the instrument's role in shaping the soundtrack of modernity, let alone its indigenous origins. In this talk, John Troutman will draw from his new book, Kīkā Kila: How the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Changed the Sound of Modern Music, in order to contemplate the efforts of Hawaiians to develop a new instrument within the context of intense colonial upheaval, and their impact along regional theater circuits and on New York City stages in the years that followed.
Interested members of the public are also invited to attend Prof. Fox's class "Music in Contemporary Native America" on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, from 6-7:30pm, to hear Prof. Troutman discuss his important first book, Indian Blues. Please defer to students in the class during discussion if you attend.
John Troutman is Associate Professor of History at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He received his doctorate in history from the University of Texas at Austin and his master’s degree in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona. He has received multiple fellowships and grants from the Smithsonian Institution, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. His research agenda focuses on the historical significance of music in American life, particularly in the lives of indigenous peoples. His first book, Indian Blues: American Indians and the Politics of Music, 1879-1934, was favorably reviewed in journals that span the disciplines of American Studies, History, Musicology, Anthropology, Folklore, and American Indian Studies; among other accolades it won the Western History Association’s biennial W. Turrentine Jackson Award for a "first book on any aspect of the American West.” In May of this year, the University of North Carolina Press published his second monograph, Kīkā Kila: How the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Changed the Sound of Modern Music. The book chronicles the history of the Hawaiian steel guitar, from the cultural and political context that produced it in the Islands in the 1880s, to its role in shaping the sounds of modern music in North America and throughout the world.
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 4:00pm
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusioclogy)
The Center for Ethnomusicology Presents:
Dr. Zuzana Jurková
(Head of the Institute for Ethnomusicology, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Charles University, Prague)
Music Representation of an Underprivileged Group:
the Case of the Czech Roma
Thursday, October 27, 2016
4:00pm – 6:00pm
701c Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology)
Columbia University Morningside Campus
Free and Open to the Public, Reception to Follow Talk
Abstract: Although the Roma are the most numerous minority in the Czech Republic (ca. 3% of the population) they did not established any mechanism for the selection of political or cultural representatives. In fact, the Roma who reach influential positions negotiate and construct their roles in accordance to who they were elected to represent and those they face. Because of this situation, there is no coherent way of Roma representation through music despite the fact that such a representation is regarded by the public opinion as the most positive aspect of Romani culture which can be used as a marker of collective identity and, at the same time, as a powerful “diplomatic” tool (Lundberg 2010). This talk focuses on two different aspects of Romani musical representations in the Czech Republic: individual and institutional. In the first case, I analyze how two of the most distinguished and visible “Romani” musicians construct their musical styles and, in turn, how various groups consider these styles as Romani. In the second case, the talk focuses on Džemil and Jelena Silajdžič, the managers of the biggest European Romani festival held annually in Prague (Khamoro). I discuss the profound influence that these two managers have on the (re)presentation of Romani music in the Czech Republic, and analyze the role of the Silajdžičs as mediators of the perception of Romani music(s) among the majority, among Roma themselves.
Zuzana Jurková studied ethnology and musicology at the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University and at the music conservatory in Brno. She is the head of the Institute for Ethnomusicology at the Faculty of Humanities of Charles University, focused mainly on the the research of musics of minorities (Voices of the Weak, 2009; Sounds from the Margins, 2013). She concentrates on Romani music (including numerous publications, and an Open Society Fund grant in 1996-8), on the history of Czech ethnomusicology (Ph.D. 1996, a Fulbright scholarship in Bloomington, USA, 1998) and, in recent years, on urban ethnomusicology (Pražské hudební světy 2013; Prague Soundscapes 2014)
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 12:00pm
IAB International Affairs Bldg Room 1512 (420 W 118th St.) Columbia University
The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University presents Indigenous Forum:
A conversation with Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II at Columbia University
Wednesday, October 26, 12:00pm
IAB International Affairs Bldg
420 W 118th St.
Standing Rock Teach-In! Friday Oct 28, Schermerhorn Hall 612, 6:30-9:30PM
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 4:00pm
701C Dodge Hall
The Center for Ethnomusicology is pleased to announce two events featuring Detroit-based rapper, producer, filmmaker, and social activist Sacramento Knoxx.
Performance/Hangout/Discussion (open to public)
Friday October 21
701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology, Columbia Morningside Campus)
Refreshments to be served, open to the public
Also: Class Session for "Music in Contemporary Native America" (open to public with limited seating)
Thursday October 20
701C Dodge Hall
Visitors welcome, please defer to students registered in class during discussions
Sacramento Knoxx is a Detroit-based Anishinaabe/Chicanx rapper, producer, media artist, poet, and social activist. His work has been widely recognized in the press and online for its innovative blending of Indigenous and intersectional critiques and themes. He was recently recognized with the 2015 Gilda Award from the Kresge Foundation.
Learn more about Knoxx!
Sacramento Knoxx's website
Sacramento Knoxx YouTube Channel
Sacramento Knoxx on Bandcamp
Sacramento Knoxx on Facebook
Video of "Minobidmaadziwin" (collaboration with A Tribe Called Red)
Michigan Public Radio "How hip-hop helped this Ojibwe/Chicano Detroiter define himself."
Michigan Public Radio: "Detroit hip-hop musician combines art and activism."
"The aadizookaan" is an Anishinaabe word that translates into the sacred spirit of the story, the messages we share and pass on in our visits. Knoxx uses multimedia art to build interconnections between many diverse audiences, artists, media makers, organizers, educators, cultural workers, students & the many layers of communities around the world. He explores ancestral & traditional knowledge systems using contemporary tools of hiphop culture & poetry, performance, video projections, dance, film & live music production for an innovative installation of beauty & creative storytelling to educate, inspire, & motivate. As he says, "I organize sound through motion and rhythm. My true divinity is within my ability to create. I make music. I'm a part of a movement for social change. The real revolution is the revolution of consciousness. Think and smile."
Sacramento Knoxx Photograph © Julian “DJ HE TOOK” Jacobs
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 4:00pm
The Center for Ethnomusicology is pleased to welcome:
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusioclogy)
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
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 email@example.com
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than Thursday, September 29, 2016.
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
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
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.
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, email@example.com
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.