The Center for Ethnomusicology warmly congratulates Dr. Nili Belkind, a 2014 alumna of the Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD Program, who has been awarded a two-year Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities-Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Belkind's Columbia dissertation is entitled Music in conflict: Palestine, Israel, and the politics of aesthetic production. It was sponsored (advised) by Prof. Christopher Washburne. The dissertation is an ethnographic study of the fraught and complicated cultural politics of music making in Israel-Palestine in the context of the post-Oslo era, a time of highly polarized sentiments and general retreat from the expressive modes of relationality that accompanied the 1990s peace process. In it, she examines the politics of sound and the ways in which music making and attached discourses reflect and constitute identities, and also, contextualize political action. Ethical and aesthetic positions that shape contemporary artistic production in Israel-Palestine are informed by profound imbalances of power between the State (Israel), the stateless (Palestinians of the oPt), the complex positioning of Israel’s Palestinian minority, and contingent exposure to ongoing political violence.
will join the Department of Music as Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology on July 1, 2015.
Alessandra Ciucci received her PhD in music (Ethnomusicology) from The City University of New York at The Graduate Center. She was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Music at Columbia in 2008-10, and is also an undergraduate alumna of the Department of Music at Columbia with a BA from Columbia's School of General Studies.
The Center for Ethnomusicology congratulates ethnomusicology graduate program alumnus Tyler Bickford
(PhD, 2011, With Distinction), who has been appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English (in Children's Literature and Childhood Studies) at the University of Pittsburgh. read more »
Congratulations to Dr. Lauren Ninoshvili
(PhD, 2010, Ethnomusicology), who has accepted a two year appointment
as an American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow in the
Department of Music at New York University!
Ninoshvili is an adjunct professor of music at Barnard College
(2010-12), teaching courses on music history and offering a thesis
seminar for Barnard Special Majors in Ethnomusicology.
Dr. Ninoshvili's doctoral dissertation is entitled "Singing Between the Words: The Poetics of Georgian Polyphony." It was sponsored by Prof. Fox. The abstract appears below.
Singing Between the Words: The Poetics of Georgian Polyphony
is a strange paradox in Georgia‘s relation to the West which has
emerged in ever sharper detail with the passage of time since the
collapse of the Soviet Union. Geographically and culturally, Georgia is
borderline but not quite fully exotic, oriental: located at the gates of
Asia and the Muslim Middle East, it is one of the oldest Christian
countries and a rare Caucasian nation oriented primarily towards the
European sphere of influence for the last two centuries.
precisely this slippery boundary between comfortable familiarity and
exotic impenetrability that language in Georgian song—my chief object of
inquiry in this dissertation—embodies. The search for meaning in the
obscure, archaic, or conventionally unintelligible often emerges
concomitantly with narratives of cultural loss at moments of radical
social, political, and economic upheaval or transformation, and the
Georgian case is no exception. The present dissertation therefore posits
the paired expressive-communicative modes of language and music as a
lens for inquiry into (un)intelligibility as a salient aesthetic and
political trope in the turmoil and ideological anomie of postsocialist
Georgia, approaching it through a specifically music-centered
ethnography of non-referential sung language, or vocables, in
traditional and newer, globally oriented Georgian song. It explores
variable and shifting tropes of interpretive ambiguity as produced by
artist-performers and intellectuals, poets and politicians in the
of everything from trans-rational linguistic futurism to the building
of civic consciousness based on a primordial, archaeological imagination
of the nation, to the need to make the Georgian language-music gestalt
globally accessible so that world music listeners will buy it. My
specific discussion of contemporary Georgian world music poses broader
questions for the discipline of ethnomusicology as a whole: How can the
study of language in world music serve as a forum for the exploration of
non- referential forms of intercultural communication and
meaning-making? How can studies of sound and listening as such be
rejoined to studies of properly musical creativity and expression,
beginning from the voice itself?
Congratulations to Ethnomusicology PhD student Morgan Luker, who has accepted a position as a lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Morgan will be teaching two undergraduate ethnomusicology courses and the graduate proseminar in ethnomusicology.
Congratulations to Ethnomusicology PhD student Brian Karl who has accepted a position as a lecturer in Anthropology at Colby College.
Congratulations to Ethnomusicology PhD student Andy Eisenberg, who has accepted a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Stony Brook University.
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