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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!

Maria Fantinato Geo de Siqueira Wins GSAS International Travel Fellowship!

Maria Fantinato Geo de Siqueira The Ethnomusicology community at Columbia congratulates 4th year PhD student Maria Fantinato Geo de Siqueira, who has been awarded a 2018-19 International Travel Fellowship by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, in support of her research for her dissertation, entitled "Spectrums of excess: loudness in Amazonian festivities and rethinking the common in Latin America."

Congratulations Maria!

Andrés Garcia-Molina Wins SSRC IDRF and GSAS International Travel Fellowships!

Andres Garcia-Molina
The Ethnomusicology at Columbia congratulates 4th year PhD student Andrés Garcia-Molina, who has been awarded both the Columbia GSAS International Traveling Fellowship and an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council, both of which will support his ongoing research for his dissertation, entitled "Aural Economies and Precarious Labor: Street-Vendor Songs in Cuba."

Congratulations Andrés!

Mario Cancel-Begay Wins GSAS International Travel and Alumni Association Fellowships!

Mario Cancel-Begay
The Columbia Ethnomusicology community is thrilled to congratulate fourth year PhD student Mario Cancel-Begay, who has been awarded both a 2018-19 International Travel Fellowship and a 2018-19 Alumni Association Fund Fellowship for Under-represented Minority Students, both from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia. He will spend next year traveling for research related to his dissertation project, entitled "Rethinking Anticolonial Experience, Meta-Colonial Discourse and the Archive: Bands of Puerto Rican Nueva Canción and Chanson Québécoise with Multi-National Members."

Congratulations Mario!

Prof. Alessandra Ciucci Awarded 2018-19 Rome Prize!

Prof Alessandra CiucciThe Ethnomusicology community at Columbia offers our warmest congratulations to Prof. Alessandra Ciucci, who has been awarded the 2018-2019 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Rome Prize in Modern Italian Studies! She will spend 2018-19 in residence at the American Academy in Rome completing her book, Resonances of the Rural across the Mediterranean: Music, Sound and Migrant Moroccan Men in Italy.

The American Academy in Rome has announced the winners of the 2018–19 Rome Prize and Italian Fellowships. These highly competitive fellowships support advanced independent work and research in the arts and humanities. This year, 29 Rome Prizes were awarded to 29 artists and scholars, who will each receive a stipend, workspace, and room and board for a period of five months to two years at the Academy’s eleven-acre campus in Rome. The Rome Prize and Italian Fellowship winners were presented on April 12, 2018, during the Arthur and Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium at Cooper Union in New York.

For the full announcement, please see the Academy's website.

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