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Prof. Ryan Skinner (Ohio State U.): "Walking, Talking, Re-membering: An Afro-Swedish Critique of Being-in-the-world." (01/24)

Event Start: 
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusioclogy)

The Center for Ethnomusicology presents a talk by:

Prof. Ryan Skinner
(Associate Professor, School of Music and Department of African and African-American Studies, The Ohio State University)

"Walking, Talking, Re-membering: An Afro-Swedish Critique of Being-in-the-world."

Tuesday, January 24, 2 017
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusicology)
Columbia University Morningside Campus (Broadway and 116th St.)

In this lecture, Ryan Skinner will examine the existential grounds and limits of an embodied and intersubjective being-in-the-world, in walking dialogue with the remembrances of Afro-Swedish subjects. To walk, wander, and roam in Sweden, particularly through the abundant green spaces that intrude upon and surround nearly every town and city, is a biopolitical act. It is a sign of personal vitality, healthfulness, and a kind of being-with others predicated on a regular, self-conscious, and often solitary being-toward nature. Yet, for many non-white Africa-descended Swedes, such an imagined community of salubrious and, for the most part, anonymous walkers is largely just that, a socially constructed fiction that perforce (which is to say "by force") excludes them; an abstraction of urban planning that encumbers their movements, creating anomalous spaces of stasis and immobility; a caesura in the biopolitical field that indexes their black lives as matter out of place, beyond both culture and nature. If the phenomenological axiom of being-in-the-world posits a dialogic and corporeal co-presence of mutually constitutive subjectivities, then the perambulatory culture of Afro-Swedes suggests a state of exception—a breach in the intersubjective field—one which Afro-Swedish subjects critically address through doubly conscious re-membering, recollecting the histories of violence that set them apart, and distinguish their struggle.

Ryan Skinner Faculty Page at OSU

Ryan Skinner is Associate Professor of ethnomusicology in the School of Music and the Department of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University. Dr. Skinner’s research focuses on popular culture, ethics, cultural politics, public piety, intellectual property, and new social movements and modes of identification in Africa and its diasporas. He is the author of Bamako Sounds: The Afropolitan Ethics of Malian Music (University of Minnesota Press, 2015), and a children’s book, Sidikiba’s Kora Lesson (Beaver’s Pond Press, 2008). He is also an accomplished kora (21-stringed West African harp) player. 

Sounding China in the World: A Workshop (Friday, Dec. 3, 9AM-5:30PM)

Event Start: 
Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 9:30am
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusioclogy)


Friday, December 2, 2016
701C Dodge Hall, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 

Joseph-Marie Amiot, Mémoire sur la musique des Chinois , tant anciens que modernes

Sounding China in the World: A Workshop on Musical Circulations to and from China from the Qing Dynasty Through the Present

9:30am-5:30 pm, 701c Dodge Hall

In this workshop, we will investigate the evolving place of China in the world and of the world in China through the important and underutilized lens of music. Examining circulations of music and their connections to processes of knowledge formation, we will consider the ways diverse musics have been transmitted, reformulated, and integrated in contexts ranging from the eighteenth century Qing court to contemporary southern China. We aim to generate productive dialogue through transhistorical perspectives across and through disciplines in order to reassess China’s central role in the formation of a globalized culture from the Enlightenment through the present.


9:30 Welcome (Susan Boynton)

10:00 Session 1 (Chair: Susan Boynton)

10:00-11:00: Qingfan Jiang (Music, Columbia), Unfinished Mission: Jesuits and the Circulation of Musical Knowledge in the Encyclopedic Century (respondent: Paize Keulemans) 

11:00-12:00: Paize Keulemans (East Asian Studies, Princeton), An Aural Account of the Fall of the Ming Dynasty: Critical Listening in Chinese Rumor, Jesuit History, and Dutch Tragedy of the 17th Century

(respondent: Qingfan Jiang)

2:00-3:00: Session 2 (Chair: Wei Shang, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia)

2:00-3:00: Adam Kielman (Music, Columbia), Mobilities, Musical Cosmopolitanism, and Southern China’s Transforming Music Industry (respondent: Fred Lau)

3:00-4:00: Fred Lau (Music, University of Hawaii), “Are we there yet?” 1960s Hong Kong Pop Music and Modernity (respondent: Adam Kielman)

4:00-4:30 Break 

4:30-5:30 Final Discussion 

Sponsors: Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Department of Music, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing

Dale Cockrell: Blood on Fire: Sex and Music in America, 1840-1917 (May 2, 3pm)

Event Start: 
Friday, May 2, 2014 - 3:00pm
622 Dodge Hall (CU Morningside Campus)

The Department of Music and the Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University Present: 

Blood on Fire:  Sex and Music in America, 1840-1917

A talk by:
Prof. Dale Cockrell (Director, Center for Popular Music, Middle Tennessee State University; Professor of Musicology Emeritus, Vanderbilt University; Research Associate, University of the Free State, South Africa)

Friday, May 2, 2014
622 Dodge Hall (CU Morningside Campus)
Free and Open to the Public

Abstract: Prostitution in the United States between 1840-1917 was big business. Walt Whitman’s “plain truth” assertion was only a mild exaggeration when he claimed that “nineteen out of twenty of the mass of American young men, who live in or visit the great cities, are more or less familiar with houses of prostitution and are customers to them.”  Tens of thousands of brothels, concert saloons, and dance halls across the nation—all common sites for prostitution—featured regular, full-time professional music-making for dancing, and thus provided a well-paid livelihood for working musicians.  Indeed, a statistical analysis suggests that a third to half of all professional performing musicians during the period were directly employed full-time in the service of prostitution.  Evidence of that music-making indicates that an energetic “noisy” dance music was developed specifically to stimulate eroticized male bodies, and hence to stimulate profits for the houses.  This project thus explores the nexus between prostitution, music-making, dance, sexuality, blackface minstrelsy, the underground cultural economy, and the development of musical foundations upon which an extraordinarily vital twentieth-century American popular music was built.

About the speaker: Dale Cockrell is the Director of the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University, Professor of Musicology Emeritus at Vanderbilt University, and a Research Associate of the University of the Free State (South Africa).  He is widely published in the field of American music studies, including The Ingalls Wilder Family Songbook (2011), Vol. 22 in the Music of the United States of America series; Demons of Disorder:  Early Blackface Minstrels and Their World (1997), which won the C. Hugh Holman Award; Excelsior:  Journals of the Hutchinson Family Singers, 1842-1846 (1989), recipient of the Irving Lowens Award; ten other books and editions; and more than seventy scholarly articles.  He is a former President of the Society for American Music, from which he received the Distinguished Service Award in 2010, an elected Member of the American Antiquarian Society, and the Founder and President of  The Pa’s Fiddle Project, an educational, scholarly, and musical program dedicated to recording the music of the Little House books and reconnecting the nation’s children with the rich music legacies embedded in them.

SYMPOSIUM: Pacific Roots Music, Pacific Routes Music: Tracking Marshallese & Hawaiian Music Across the Pacific - Friday Oct. 12,

Event Start: 
Friday, October 12, 2012 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology)

In Conjunction with the 2012 "Native Sounds North and South" Concert Series presentation of Hawai'ian Guitar Virtuoso Cyril Pahinui on Oct. 13, 2012, The Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University Presents a Symposium on Friday Oct. 12, 2012:

Pacific Roots Music, Pacific Routes Music: Tracking Marshallese and Hawaiian Music Across the Pacific

Friday October 12, 4-6PM
701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology)
Free and Open to the Public

Prof. Kevin FellezsProf. Kevin Fellezs
“Listen But Don’t Ask Question”: Ki ho’alu and Listening for the Sounds of Hawaiian-ness
Kevin Fellezs is Assistant Professor of Music and African-American Studies at Columbia University.

Jessicca Schwartz, Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Music, Columbia University Jessica Schwartz, PhD
"Home Sweet Home": Marshallese Musical Reflections on Religion, Human Rights,&Diplomacy in "Free   Association" Diaspora

Jessica Schwartz is a Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Music at Columbia University.

Prof. Kehaulani Kauhanui, Wesleyan University

Discussant: Prof. J. Kehaulani Kauanui
Wesleyan University

J. Kehaulani Kauanui is Associate Professor of Anthropology and American Studies at Wesleyan University.


Pacific roots symposium poster

“Oyinbo, I go chop your dollar” -- A Talk By Christopher Waterman

Event Start: 
Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
701C Dodge Hall
“Oyinbo, I go chop your dollar”: Yahoo Boyz, dirty money, and 419 politics in Nigerian popular music
A talk by Christopher Waterman
Dean of the School of the Arts and Architecture, UCLA

Thursday, October 9
5:00 PM
701C Dodge Hall

In Africa as elsewhere, popular music has long been complexly articulated with the struggle to create, texture and defend viable life-spaces under challenging economic circumstances. This talk is a reflection on recent developments in Nigerian popular music, focusing on songs dealing with the 419/internet scammer controversy ("Yahoozee," by Olu Maintain, "No More Yahoozee [The Reply]," by Harri Best Moradiyo, and "Oyinbo, I Go Chop Your Dollar," by Nkem Owoh), and on musicians' reactions to the Central Bank of Nigeria's recent attempt to outlaw the "spraying" of cash at ceremonies.

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"From the Space In Between to the Transcultural" -- A Talk by Denilson Lopes

Event Start: 
Monday, October 6, 2008 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
420 Hamilton Hall
The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
Co-sponsored by The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race and The Center for Ethnomusicology

Monday, Oct. 6, 2008
420 Hamilton Hall

In this talk Denilson Lopes discusses the theoretical basis of his current research called Transcultural Landscapes in Contemporary Cinema, establishing a dialogue with the ideas by Silviano Santiago, Néstor García Canclini and Arjun Appadurai. At this talk he also mentions the theoretical efforts of film criticism to address the issues of interculturality and multiculturalism. In exploring this issue, Denilson places Latin American critical theory in relation to authors who have addressed the topic of multiculturalism in film such as Robert Stam, Hamid Naficy, Laura Marks and Andréa Franca.  read more »

A Survivors' Music Manifesto: On the Singing of Korean Survivors of the Japanese Military 'Comfort Women'

Event Start: 
Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
701C Dodge Hall
In TaeguSponsored by the Department of Music
Please note the 5PM start time is one hour later than many of our previous events.

Josh Pilzer is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Music at Columbia. He holds an MA in Ethnomusicology from University of Hawa'ii and a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Chicago. His research and teaching focus on Korean and Japanese folk and popular singing and the experience, memory, and memorialization of traumatic events in East Asian modernity. He is currently working on a manuscript based on his doctoral dissertation, about singing in the lives of Korean survivors of Japanese military sexual slavery. He received the Society for Ethnomusicology?s Charles Seeger Prize in 2001; his articles have appeared in Ethnomusicology, in The Courtesan's Arts: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (Oxford University Press 2006), and elsewhere.