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Maria Sonevytsky (PhD 2012) Appointed Assistant Professor at U California, Berkeley

The Columbia Ethnomusicology community is delighted to congratulate Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD alumna Maria Sonevytsky, who has just been appointed Assistant Professor of Music at the University of California at Berkeley, beginning in July 2018.

Prof. Sonevytsky earned her PhD in 2012, and is also an undergraduate alumna of Barnard College. She has taught as Assistant Professor of Music at Bard College since 2014, after holding several postdoctoral fellowships. Her Columbia dissertation, advised by Prof. Fox, was based on research she has conducted since  2008 in Ukraine and Crimea, is forthcoming as a book with Wesleyan University Press, entitled "Wild Music: Sovereign Imaginaries and Popular Music in Revolutionary Ukraine."  

Prof. Sonevytsky will remain in her current position at Bard College for the forthcoming year, before taking up the position at UCB.

Congratulations Maria!


Learn more about Prof. Sonevystky's work

at her website.

Emily Clark Awarded Two Fellowships

Ethnomusicology PhD candidate Emily Clark has been awarded two fellowships, including a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship(DDRF) and a GSAS Mellon Humanities International Travel Fellowship from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia. Her recently-defended dissertation proposal is entitled “Iron Gongs and Singing Birds: Paths of Migration and Acoustic Assemblages of Alterity in the Former Dutch Colonial Empire.” The fellowships will fund 14 months of field and archival research in Suriname and the Netherlands, focusing on the music- and self-making practices of ethnically Javanese diasporic populations defended dissertation proposal is entitled “Iron Gongs and Singing Birds: Paths of Migration and Acoustic Assemblages of Alterity in the Former Dutch Colonial Empire.”

Dr. Marceline Saibou Appointed as Assistant Professor at Bowdoin College!

Dr. Marceline Saibou
Congratulations to PhD alumna Dr. Marceline Saibou, who has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Music at Bowdoin College!

Dr. Saibou's 2016 PhD dissertation was entitled "Presence, Absence, and Disjunctures: Popular Music and Politics in Lomé, Togo, 1967-2005.” The dissertation was sponsored by Prof. Aaron Fox, and her committee included Alessandra Ciucci and George Lewis (Music, Columbia), and distinguished Columbia ethnomusicology alumni Ryan Skinner (Music and African Studies, OSU) and Andrew Eisenberg (Music, NYU Abu Dhabi).

Dr. Shannon Garland Appointed as Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA and Univ. of São Paolo!

Dr. Shannon GarlandThe Center for Ethnomusicology congratulates PhD alumna Dr. Shannon Garland,who has been appointed as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethnomusicology at UCLA for the academic year 2017-2018.

Dr. Garland has also been awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship from the State of São Paulo Research Support Foundation (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo—FAPESP) in Brazil  to conduct the research project A New National? The Construction of a National Independent Music through Festivals in São Paulo (Um Novo Nacional?: A Construção de Música Nacional Independente por Festivais em São Paulo), as part of a 5-year, multi-party and multi-sited research grant called Local Musicking: New Pathways for Ethnomusicology (O Musicar Local--Novas Trilhas para a Etnomusicologia). The project is led by Ana Suzel Reily, Arts Institute, University of Campinas; Rose Hijiki, Department of Anthropology and the Sound and Image Laboratory, University of São Paulo; and Flávia Toni, Institute for Brazilian Studies and Department of Music, University of São Paulo. 

Dr. Garland will be joining UCLA this fall, after which she will continue in 2018-19 to take up her appointment in Brazil.  

Dr. Garland's 2014 PhD dissertation in ethnomusicology at Columbia was entitled "Music, Affect, Value, and Labor: Late Capitalism and the (Mis)Productions of Indie Music in Chile and Brazil" and was advised by Prof. Ana Maria Ochoa.

Parabéns, Dr. Garland!

Book Launch for Licia Fiol-Matta's "The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music"

Event Start: 
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Book Culture 536 W 112th St New York, NY 10025

Please join us on April 13 at 7:00 p.m. for a discussion of the book “The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music” by professor Licia Fiol-Matta. This talk is co-sponsored by The Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University and Book Culture. It is moderated by professor Ana Maria Ochoa from the Department of Music at Columbia University. Panelists include: Licia Fiol-Matta, Jack Halberstam and Alexandra Vazquez. 

Licia Fiol-Matta is Visiting Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University. She received an AB from Princeton University and a PhD from Yale University, both in Comparative Literature. She is the author of A Queer Mother for the Nation: The State and Gabriela Mistral (Minnesota) and The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music (Duke). Fiol-Matta is co-editor of the series New Directions in Latino American Cultures (Palgrave) and The Puerto Rico Reader: History, Culture, Politics (under contract, Duke). 

Ana Maria Ochoa is professor in the Department of Music and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University. Her latest book Aurality, Listening and Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century Colombia (2014) is co-recipient of the Alan Merriam Prize in Ethnomusicology. She is currently working on the relationship between music, sound and the anthropocene, indigenous understandings of music and the relation to multinaturalism, and the relationship of silence, noise and music to the construction of postconflict. She has been a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Alan Merriam Award in Ethnomusicology, and the Greenleaf Distinguished Scholar Fellowship, among others.

Jack Halberstam is Visiting Professor of Gender Studies and English at Columbia University. Halberstam is the author of five books including: Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (Duke UP, 1995), Female Masculinity (Duke UP, 1998), In A Queer Time and Place (NYU Press, 2005), The Queer Art of Failure (Duke UP, 2011) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon Press, 2012). Halberstam is currently working on several projects including a book titled WILD THING on queer anarchy and a short book titled Trans* for UC Press, forthcoming in 2017.

Alexandra T. Vazquez is Associate Professor of Performance Studies at New York University. She is the author of Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music (Duke University Press 2013). Her work has been featured in the journals Small Axe, American Quarterly, Social Text, women and performance, and the Journal of Popular Music Studies; and in the edited volumes Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, Reggaeton, and Pop When the World Falls Apart. Vazquez is currently working on Writing Sound: The Florida Project, which investigates Florida as an under-theorized yet vibrant creative laboratory of the circum-Atlantic world.

Prof. Mark Slobin (Wesleyan University): “The Self and the City: Writing Detroit” (03/28)

Event Start: 
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusicology)

Taking off from the 2016 article in “Ethnomusicology” on my work in Detroit music history, the talk will survey the topics and approach of the completed book manuscript, which blends personal and family accounts, oral history from interviewees, and archival sources to illuminate the musical life of America’s fourth-largest city, called “the capital of the twentieth century,” even as capitalism and racism were sowing the seeds of Detroit’s decline.

Mark Slobin is the Winslow-Kaplan   Professor of Music Emeritus at Wesleyan University and the author or editor of many books, on Afghanistan and Central Asia, eastern European Jewish music, film music, and ethnomusicology theory, two of which have received the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award: "Fiddler on the Move: Exploring the Klezmer World" and "Tenement Songs: Popular Music of the Jewish Immigrants.  His current project is on the musical life of Detroit, 1940s-60s. He has been President of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Society for Asian Music.

A Discussion of the work of ethnomusicologist Jane Sugarman

Event Start: 
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 2:10pm - 4:00pm
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusicology)

The Center for Ethnomusicology presents:

A Discussion of the work of ethnomusicologist
Jane Sugarman 

March 21, 2:10PM - 4:00PM
701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology)
Free and open to the public

Jane C. Sugarman is Professor of Music at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she directs the program in ethnomusicology.  She is the author of Engendering Song:  Singing and Subjectivity at Prespa Albanian Weddings (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1997), as well as numerous articles on music and dance in and from southeastern Europe as they relate to gender and sexuality, nation, diaspora, and conflict zones.  Her current book project examines a half-century of mediated Albanian musics from the former Yugoslavia and their role in imagining "modern" Albanian identities.

Film Screening: Lenora Lee and Tatsu Aoki's LIGHT (March 11, 5pm)

Event Start: 
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 5:00pm
Casa Hispanica (612 West 116th Street New York , NY 10027)
The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race and the Transnational Asian | American Series at Columbia University

Present a Screening of


(2017), 57 minutes 
by Lenora Lee and Tatsu Aoki 

TUESDAY, APRIL 11 at 5pm 
Casa Hispánica (612 West 116th Street New York , NY 10027)

Free and Open to the Public 

Further information at: 

filmmaker/musician TATSU AOKI 
choreographer/dancer LENORA LEE
and composer/saxophonist FRANCIS WONG 
David H. Hwang, Associate Professor of Theater Arts, Columbia University and
Karen Shimakawa, Associate Professor Performance studies, New York University
Co-sponsored by the Center for Ethnomusicology, inter alia

Book Launch for Michael E. Veal and E. Tammy Kim's "Punk Ethnography: Artists & Scholars Listen to Sublime Frequencies" (02/22)

Event Start: 
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 7:01pm - 9:01pm
Book Culture 536 W 112th St New York, NY 10025

Please join us Wednesday, February 22nd at 7pm for a discussion of the Punk Ethnography, edited by Michael Veal and E. Tammy Kim. This talk is co-sponsored by The Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University and Book Culture. It is moderated by Alessandra Ciucci from the Department of Music at Columbia University.Panelists include: Michael Veal, E. Tammy Kim, Will Glasspiegel, Rachel Lears, and Stanley Scott. .

A critical companion to the radical DIY record label that challenges the conventions of ethnography, representation, and the category of “world music.”

This ground-breaking case study examines record production as ethnographic work. Since its founding in 2003, Seattle-based record label Sublime Frequencies has produced world music recordings that have been received as radical, sometimes problematic critiques of the practices of sound ethnography. Founded by punk rocker brothers Alan and Richard Bishop, along with filmmaker Hisham Mayet, the label's releases encompass collagist sound travelogues; individual artist compilations; national, regional and genre surveys; and DVDs all designed in a distinctive graphic style recalling the DIY aesthetic of punk and indie rock. Sublime Frequencies producers position themselves as heirs to canonical ethnographic labels such as Folkways, Nonesuch, and Musique du Monde, but their aesthetic and philosophical roots in punk, indie rock, and experimental music effectively distinguish their work from more conventional ethnographic norms. Situated at the intersection of ethnomusicology, sound studies, cultural anthropology, and popular music studies, the essays in this volume explore the issues surrounding the label including appropriation and intellectual property while providing critical commentary and charting the impact of the label through listener interviews.

Alessandra Ciucci is Assistant Professor of Music (Ethnomusicology) at Columbia University. Her research interests include the music of North Africa, particular Morocco, music and gender, sung poetry, and music and migration. She is currently working on a monograph on music and the Moroccan migration to Italy.

Michael E. Veal is a musician and professor of ethnomusicology at Yale University. He is the author of several books, including Fela: The Life and Times of an African Musical Icon and Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae.

E. Tammy Kim is a writer and member of The New Yorker's editorial staff. She previously worked as a staff writer at Al Jazeera America and as a social justice lawyer.

Wills Glasspiegel is a multimedia journalist and artist with a background in music management. His work has appeared on NPR, Fader, Vice, Dis Magazine and Afropop Worldwide, As a manager, Glasspiegel facilitated the introduction of two niche electronic music genres: Shangaan electro from South Africa and bubu from Sierra Leone. He is currently a Ph.D candidate at Yale in African-American Studies/American Studies where his work is focused around footwork, a music and dance style from Chicago, Glasspiegel's hometown.

Rachel Lears is a filmmaker, writer, and musician based in Brooklyn, New York. Her first documentary Birds of Passage (2010) explored the everyday struggles of two Uruguayan songwriters. Her most recent documentary project The Hand That Feeds follows an historic labor campaign led by undocumented immigrant workers in New York City, and is supported by the Sundance Documentary Program. She holds a Ph.D in Cultural Anthropology from New York University, and her doctoral research on media and cultural policy in Uruguay was supported by grants from Fulbright-Hays and the American Council of Learned Societies/Mellon Foundation. Her ongoing video art collaborations with artist Saya Woolfolk have screened in numerous galleries and museums worldwide.

Stanley Scott teaches Indian music at Yale and Wesleyan Universities and directs the Rangila School of Music, serving Connecticut's South Asian community. He received the 2011 Mumbai Music Award for "contribution to the cause of Indian music by an overseas-resident personality," and the 2001 lifetime achievement award from New York's Cultural Association of Bengal.  His recordings include The Weaver's Song: Bhajans of North India and a major role in Anthony Braxton's opera Trillium E. He has performed as a featured artist at Kolkatta's Rabindra Sadhan, Mumbai's NCPA and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Delhi University, and New York's Chhandayan Institute.



Prof. Alexander G. Weheliye (Northwestern University): "Black Life--Schwarz-Sein." (02/02)

Event Start: 
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 12:00pm
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusioclogy)

The Center for Ethnomusicology presents a talk by:

Prof. Alexander Weheliye
(Professor, Department of African American Studies,  Northwestern University)

Black Life -- Schwarz-Sein

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusicology)
Columbia Morningside Campus, Broadway and 116th St. 

This talk pays particular attention to the complex ways gender and sexuality function in the barring of Black flesh from the category of the human-as-Man by investigating inhabitations of the flesh that bring to light the relational being-in-the-world of Black Life. That is, examples from literature and music that render the constitutive ungendered displacement of Black Life from origin and belonging habitable by staging the affectability of Black mattering as second sight.

Alexander Weheliye is a scholar and teacher of black literature and culture, critical theory, social technologies, and popular culture. He is a Professor in the department of African American Studies at Northwestern University. Weheliye is the author of Phonographies: Grooves in Sonic Afro-Modernity (Duke University Press, 2005), which was awarded The Modern Language Association's William Sanders Scarborough Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Study of Black American Literature or Culture and Habeas Viscus: Racializing Assemblages, Biopolitics, and Black Feminist Theories of the Human (Duke University Press, 2014). Currently, he is working on two projects. The first, Black Life/Schwarz-Sein, establishes Blackness as an ontology of ungendering.The second, Feenin: R&B’s Technologies of Humanity, offers a critical history of the intimate relationship between R&B music and technology since the late 1970s.

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