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“Music and Sound at the Mediterranean Crossroads” -- ICTM Study Group Meets at Dar Souiri, Morocco

The twelfth symposium of the ICTM Study Group Mediterranean Music Studies took place in Essaouira (Morocco), 18-23 June, 2018 on the theme “Music and Sound at the Mediterranean Crossroads.” It was hosted at Dar Souiri by the Association Essaouira-Mogador, and it was supported by the Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University, by a Global Humanities Projects Grant from the Division of Humanities in the Arts and Sciences at Columbia University, and by the International Council for Traditional Music. This was the first meeting of the study group held in North Africa.

View the Program Here (PDF)


Co-organized by Prof. Alessandra Ciucci (Department of Music, Columbia University) and vice-Chair of the Study Group) and Ruth Davis (University of Cambridge and Chair of the Study Group), the symposium was generously assisted by André Azoulay (President and Founder of the Association Essaouira-Mogador). In the effort to recognize the diverse ways in which people sound, listen to and perform the Mediterranean, the symposium brought together academics and students working on themes related to music and sound in the Mediterranean, and aimed in particular to create a dialogue and facilitate the exchange of knowledge with scholars from the southern shores of the Mediterranean and the MENA region.

Waiting for the opening procession of the Gnawa and World Music Festival (photo by Sonja Kieser)

Waiting for the opening procession of the Gnawa and World Music Festival (photo by Sonja Kieser)




The 67 participants at the symposium engaged in rich dialogue aiming to provide a different point of entry, through music and sound, to explore burning political questions in the Mediterranen, and envisaging this sea as a laboratory in which music and sound are essential for those who believe that the Mediterranean, Mare Nostrum, or al-Baḥr al-Abyad al-Mutawassiṭ is necessary for the future, rather than a geographic space of a past.
Aissawa Performance at Dar Souiri 2 (Photo by Sonja Kieser)
 
Aissawa Performance at Dar Souiri
(Photo by Sonja Kieser)





Held in conjunction with the Gnawa World Music Festival, the symposium benefitted from an audience that included academics, as well as Moroccans attending the festival who were interested in the diverse themes of the symposium. Two performances of traditional Moroccan music held at Dar Souiri, together with the numerous musical events associated with the Gnawa World Music Festival, enriched the academic debates of the symposium.

Traveling Sounds in Bilad al Sham with Oded Erez, Nadeem Karkabi, Clara Wenz, Abigail Wood and Loab Hammoud (photo by Lhoussain Simour)

Traveling Sounds in Bilad al Sham with Oded Erez, Nadeem Karkabi, Clara Wenz, Abigail Wood and Loab Hammoud (photo by Lhoussain Simour)

Alumna Dr. Lauren Flood Appointed Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at U Pennsylvania!

Dr. Lauren Flood
The Ethnomusicology community at Columbia is delighted to congratulate our PhD alumna, Dr. Lauren Flood (PhD, 2016), who has been appointed as a Mellon Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at the Wolf Humanities Center at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Flood has just completed a Mellon postdoctoral fellowship in Music at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her Columbia PhD dissertation, "DIY Music Technology in New York and Berlin," was advised by Prof. Ana Maria Ochoa, with research supported by the US National Science Foundation. 

Congratulations Lauren!

Whitney Slaten Appointed as Assistant Professor at Bard College!

Prof. Whitney Slaten

The Ethnomusicology community at Columbia is thrilled to congratulate our PhD alumnus Whitney J. Slaten, who has been appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Bard College (Annandale on Hudson, NY), where he will begin teaching in Fall 2018.  

Congratulations Prof. Slaten!

Congratulations to Dr. Trevor Reed!

Dr. Trevor ReedThe Ethnomusicology community at Columbia University is delighted to congratulate Dr. Trevor Reed (Hopi), who successfully defended his PhD dissertation, entitled Sonic Sovereignty: Hopi Song, Indigenous Authority, and Intellectual Property in an Era of Settler-Colonialism, on Monday, May 7, 2018.  Dr. Reed, who is also about to receive the JD from Columbia's School of Law, will be moving to Phoenix, Arizona to take up an Associate Professorship in Law at Arizona State University.  Dr. Reed's committee included Prof. Aaron Fox (sponsor), Prof. Ana Maria Ochoa, Prof. Kevin Fellezs, Prof. Jane Anderson (NYU, Anthropology), and Mr. Stewart Koyiyumptewa, Director of the Hopi Office of Cultural Preservation. 

Congratulations to Dr. Reed!

Michael Wedd (GS Anthropology 2018) Wins GS Dean's Thesis Prize in Anthropology!

Michael WeddThe Ethnomusicology community at Columbia is proud to congratulate graduating GS Anthropology Major Michael Wedd, who has been awarded the GS Dean's Prize in Anthropology for his senior thesis, entitled:  "Neuroqueering Music Therapy and Autism."  Michael's thesis was advised by Prof. Aaron Fox.  Michael also worked with Prof. Fox to produce a symposium at Columbia entitled "New Frontiers in the Study of Music, Autism, and Neurodiversity" at the Center for Ethnomusicology in February of 2018 (which may be viewed in its entirety here). Michael is heading off to a year as a "Venture for America" Fellow, during which he will work as a Product Manager at Leverege, a tech startup in Baltimore, Maryland. 


You can also read more about Michael's research and activism here.


Sarah Yudkin (BC Ethno 2018) Wins BC's Ethel Stone Lefrak Prize for the Arts and IRWGS Queer Studies Prize!

The Ethnomusicology community at Columbia University proudly congratulates Sarah (Sadie) Yudkin, a 2018 graduating Barnard senior and Ethnomusicology track major, who has been awarded Barnard's Ethel Stone Lefrak Prize for Excellence in the Arts.  In addition, Sadie's thesis was awarded  the 2018 IRWGS Queer Studies Essay Prize from the Institute for Research in Women, Gender, and Sexuality.  Sadie's honors thesis in our undergraduate Ethnomusicology program is entitled "The Future’s Here, It’s Queer: Contemporary Music Scenes in New York City.”  Sadie's thesis was advised by Columbia Historical Musicology PhD alumna Dr. Lucie Vágnerová, who is now a Core Lecturer in the Department.




Congratulations Sadie!  

Nandini Banerjee Awarded AAUW Dissertation Fellowship!

Nandini BanerjeeThe Columbia Ethnomusicology community congratulates 5th year PhD student Nandini Banerjee-Datta, who has been awarded a prestigious dissertation completion fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to support the writing of her PhD dissertation, entitled “Songs of Love: Tagore and the Aural Fabric of Bengali America.” 

Congratulations Nandini!

Trevor Reed Appointed Associate Professor of Law at Arizona State University!

Trevor ReedThe Ethnomusicology community at Columbia is delighted to congratulate Trevor Reed (Hopi), a joint JD/PhD student in Law and Ethnomusicology at Columbia, who has been appointed as an Associate Professor of Law at Arizona State University.  Trevor will be defending his PhD dissertation, entitled "Sonic Sovereignty: Hopi Song, Indigenous Authority, and Intellectual Property in an Era of Settler-Colonialism" on May 7th.
Congratulations Trevor!

Graduating Music Major Thomas Nielsen Wins Evans Traveling Fellowship and PBK!

Thomas NielsenThe Ethnomusicology community at Columbia congratulates graduating Music Major Thomas Nielsen, who has been awarded the Evans Traveling Fellowship by Columbia College to pursue research on the relatively undocumented history of New Zealand composer Alfred Hill's use of Indigenous (Maori) musical elements in his works at the turn of the 20th century.  Thomas developed this interest in representations of Indigenous music by nationalist classical composers with a research paper on the Indianist Composers of the early 20th century, a project that began in "The Social Science of Music" as a term paper.  Thomas has also been awarded Phi Beta Kappa and been accepted into an MA program at Oxford University. 
Congratulations Thomas!

Prof. Ana Maria Ochoa Wins PSL-EHESS Grant for Conference on "Musical Displacements."

Prof. Ana Maria Ochoa Gautier
The Ethnomusicology community at Columbia congratulates Prof. Ana Maria Ochoa, who has been awared (along with French Ethnomusicologist Denis Laborde) a  École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales/Paris Sciences et Lettres grant in support of a conference to be held in Bayonne, France, entitled "Musical Displacements, Economic Dispossession, and Climate Change."  Our colleague Prof. Alessandra Ciucci will also be involved in the conference, along with historian and friend of the Center, Prof. Alejandra Bronfman (SUNY/Albany). 

Congratulations Ana Maria!
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