Ethnomusicology PhD student Liza Munk receives Fulbright grant to conduct ethnographic fieldwork in Amman, Jordan

Liza Munk (photo by Lauren Maeve)UCSB Ethnomusicology PhD student Liza Munk has received a Fulbright grant to conduct ethnographic fieldwork on the alternative Arabic music scene in Amman, Jordan for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
With Fulbright’s support, Liza will take three months of intensive Arabic language courses at Qasid Institute in Amman, and will conduct research in the city as part of a project to understand its emerging alternative Arabic music scene, and its relationship to issues of affect, aesthetics, and the politics of expression.    
Liza’s research will involve conducting formal and informal interviews with those dedicated to Amman’s alternative scene, as well as participating in concerts, observing rehearsals, and all the various events that make up the musical life of the community. Her work asks: What role does this music and the scene surrounding play in Jordanians’ expressions of politics, pleasure, and fun? She is also interested in considering what can be gained by grounding considerations of globalization in local ethnographic work.      
Liza received her MA in Ethnomusicology from UCSB in September 2017. She worked with professors Scott Marcus and Barbara Tomlinson in the UCSB Feminist Studies Department to produce her master’s thesis, “Alternative Arabic Music in Jordan,” based on summer fieldwork in Amman in 2016 and 2017. She has served as a teaching assistant for courses on world music, North American popular music, writing about music, and music and society.
Photo by Lauren Maeve
Liza Munk (photo by Lauren Maeve)