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Whitney Slaten Appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Eugene Lang College

The PhD program in Ethnomusicology at Columbia University is proud to announce that PhD candidate Whitney Slaten has been appointed as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Eugene Lang College (The New School) for 2017-2018. 

Congratulations Whitney!

Mr. Slaten will shortly defend a doctoral dissertation that studies the work of live sound engineering.  He is also presenting on this work on Tuesday Sept. 21 at 6PM in St. Paul's Chapel. More information can be found here.

Whitney Slaten: Jazzmobile, Community and the Harlem Soundscape (9/19 6PM, St Pauls Chapel)

Event Start: 
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 6:00pm
St. Paul's Chapel (Columbia University main campus 116th Street and Broadway New York City)

The Center for Jazz Studies in Conjunction with Music and St. Paul's and Jazzmobile Present:

Jazzmobile, Community and the Harlem Soundscape

Featuring a Performance by the Jazzmobile All Stars Ensemble

Talk by:
Whitney Slaten
Ph.D. Candidate in Music, Columbia University

Date and Time: Tuesday, September 19, 6pm
Location: St. Paul’s Chapel
(Columbia University main campus 116th Street and Broadway New York City)

In response to the increasing inaccessibility of jazz performances in Harlem, Dr. Billy Taylor founded Jazzmobile in 1964, a not-for-profit arts organization that presents free, professional, live jazz concerts in order to bring jazz “back to Harlem.” Jazzmobile has presented free, live jazz concerts continuously for over fifty years, through which audiences, production teams, organizers and musicians sound and listen to amplified jazz at historical sites in Harlem’s outdoors.

Jazzmobile, Community, and the Harlem Soundscape engages how Jazzmobile constructs community and the soundscape of Harlem in the midst of Harlem’s changing milieu. The program features performances by Jazzmobile all stars, a keynote address interrogating Jazzmobile as cultural repatriation and a roundtable discussion with Jazzmobile audience members.
This event is free and open to everyone. Please rsvp to or call 212-851-9270

Co-Presented by Columbia University Center for Jazz Studies, Music at St. Paul’s & Jazzmobile 

Abhijit Bose: “Music and Nature in Rural Bengal” (Thurs 9/21 - 6:00-8:00pm)

Event Start: 
Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusioclogy)

The Center for Ethnomusicology presents a conversation and demonstration with:

Abhijit Bose

“Music and Nature in Rural Bengal: The Tides of Bhatiyali, Bhawaiyya, Baul, and Jhumur.” 

Event Start: Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:00-8:00pm
Location: 701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusicology)

Free and open to the public. Space is limited.  

In this lecture and performance, Abhijit Bose will examine the integral relationship between nature, specifically the tides, in rural Bengal (both East and West), and its musical genres. The high tides and low tides of rural Bengal bring with it narratives of separation, hardship, fertility, and enchantment – all of which are embodied in the musical genres of Bhatiyali, Bhawaiyya, Baul, and Jhumur

Bose will elaborate on the instruments, melodies, and rhythms used in these genres, the lyrics and their meanings, and the multi-dimensional history of the people of rural Bengal – all the while reiterating the fluidity between political borders.

Abhijit Bose is a folk singer, song writer, composer, and music director based in West Bengal, India. He specializes in the rural musical traditions of West Bengal and Bangladesh, and encourages musical education, by bringing awareness of rural genres to the urban public. His knowledge of the various linguistic dialects of Bengal, coupled with his studies on the history and style of various genres in the region, enriches his own approach to performance. Bose now experiments with musical fusion and believes that modern songs can be enriched through constant dialogue with folk traditions. He is currently a regular performer on All India Radio and Doordarshan.

Beatriz Goubert appointed intern at Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Ethnomusicology Ph.D. candidate Beatriz Goubert has been appointed as an intern at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage during summer 2017. She will work with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings director and curator Huib Schippers on “Sound Futures,” a collaborative project on the cultural sustainability of music practices (

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.

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