Ethnomusicology Forum

Winter 2020

Time: 3:30-4:45 pm unless otherwise noted
Location: Music Library Seminar Room 2406 unless otherwise noted
 
1) January 8
NO Forum
 
2) January 15
Joint Forum, Music 1145
Roundtable Discussion: Choosing a Dissertation Topic
 
3) January 22
Jared Holton (UCSB)
Fieldwork in Tunisia
 
4) January 29
Joint Forum (Music 1145)
Bill Weber (Cal State Long Beach)
Toward a conceptual vocabulary for rethinking musical canons.
 
5) February 5
SEMSCHC run-throughs
[SEMSCHC will be at UC Riverside, February 8-9]
 
6) February 12
Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa (University of Kentucky)
Mhoze Chikowero (UCSB, History)
 
7) February 18 
TUESDAY 3-4:30 (Location TBA)
Deborah Wong (UC Riverside)
Louder and Faster: Pain, Joy, and the Body Politic in Asian American Taiko.
 
Recently published, Louder and Faster is a study of taiko in California, focused on the play of sound, performance, identity, ethnicity, race, gender, and politics. Wong explores taiko as a music/dance art form that creates spaces in which memories of the WW2 Japanese American incarceration, Asian American identity, and a desire to be seen/heard intersect with global capitalism, the complications of mediation, and legacies of imperialism. Based on two decades of participatory ethnographic work, the book offers a vivid glimpse of an Asian American presence both loud and fragile. Wong will reflect on the process of researching taiko in Southern California, read short passages from the book, and consider how and why Japanese American activism matters.
 
Deborah Wong is Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Riverside. She is the author of Sounding the Center and Speak it Louder.
 
8) February 26
Recommended (Music 1145)
Distinguished Lecturer Series: Jack Boss (University of Oregon)
Visions of Moonlight and Global Coherence in “Mondestrunken” from Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire.
 
9) March 4
Dwight Reynolds (UCSB, Religious Studies)
Music in the Medieval Mediterranean
 
Why were musicians and singers able to move through different regions of the medieval Mediterranean so easily? What types of cultural interactions took place before the construction of ‘national cultures’ and before Western Europe defined itself as the center of the world? Using concepts that have emerged in recent years in the field of Mediterranean Studies, these and other questions are explored by examining the spread of new musical instruments, scholarly writings on music theory, the travels of musicians and singers, and contemporary accounts of musical performance practices from the period between Late Antiquity and the European Renaissance.
 
10) March 11
Joint Forum (Music 1145)
 
SAM annual conference preview. David Paul, "Staging Race at the World’s Columbian Exposition: The Legacy of Gilded Age Fund-Raising Fairs for Show Boat (1927)”; Benjamin Levy, “Material Connections: Bruce Goff and American Modernism Across Music and the Arts"