Musics Abroad takes a global and comparative approach to music and mobility present and past. The seminar examines case studies of immigration and diaspora communities; explores theories and methods for the comparative study of musics outside their home environments; investigates human and virtual channels through which musics travel; and takes account of new, hybrid styles that have emerged as a result of mobility. In sum, the seminar investigates the roles that music plays in transmitting and sustaining aspects of social and cultural life in domains ranging from religious orders to popular entertainment.

Upcoming Events

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Past Events 2018 - 19

Mark Lomanno, Northeastern University
An Apprenticeship in Listening: Comping, Critical Practice, and Translating in the Break
Eric J. Schmidt, Boston University
The Cultural Production of Displacement: Tuareg Nomads Rocking the Saharan City
Stephan Pennington, Tufts University
Recapturing the Banjo: The Black Banjo Revival, Authenticities, and Nationalisms
Edwin Seroussi, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Always Abroad: Music, Jews and the Abode of Islam
Gregory Melchor-Barz, Vanderbilt University
Imagining Queer Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology
K. E. Goldschmitt, Wellesley College
A Pan-African Music Without Borders? Brazilian Afrobeat and Sound System Music on the World Stage

Past Events 2017 - 18

Panayotis League, Harvard University
Grooving Heavy, Dancing Drunk: Mimetic Metaphors in Anatolian Greek Music
Leslie Tilley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"The Things that Make the Encounter Complex”: Balinese Gamelan in North America and America in Gamelan
Ann Lucas, Boston College
Dancing and Musicking "The Orient": The Cultural Paradox of American Bellydance and its Musical Context in the Immigrant Experience
Nicola Scaldaferri, University of Milano, Italy
Film Screening and Discussion of "Sacred Mountains: Abrahamic Religions and Musical Practices in the Mediterranean Area"
Lauren Flood, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Citizens of Dangerous Sound: Electricity and Inclusivity in Transnational DIY Culture
Salwa El-Shawan Casetelo–Branco, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
The Aesthetics and Politics of Musical Heritage
Genevieve E.V. Dempsey, Harvard University
"I Asked the Spirits if Women Could be Leaders": Gender, Hierarchy, and Learning in Afro-Brazilian Congado and Candomblé

Past Events 2016 - 17

David Kaminsky, University of California, Merced
When Everywhere is Home and Everywhere is Abroad: A Non-Ethnography of the International Social Partner Dance Circuit
Zuzana Jurkova, The Charles University, Prague
Music Penetrating the Iron Curtain: The Case of Karel Kryl
Francesco Spagnolo, University of California, Berkeley
Marginal Cosmopolitans: Cultural Mobility and the Musical Representation of Italian Jewish Identity
Petra Rivera-Rideau, Wellesley College
"Introducing Enrique Iglesias, artista urbano": (Re-)Constructing (Afro-)Latinidad in Latin Urban Music
Gavin Steingo, Princeton University
Cosmic Whispers: Kapwani Kiwanga's Alien Speculations
Peter McMurray, Harvard University
Sonic Refuge: Echoes of the Syrian Civil War

Past Events 2014 - 15

Sarah Hankins, Harvard University
Music as Force and Text in Tel Aviv's African Refugee Activism
Marvin Dale Sterling, Indiana University
"Yellow Choice": Race, Dancehall Reggae, and the Staging of Authenticity Among Japanese Cultural Migrants in Kingston, Jamaica
Christine Yano, University of Hawaii
Plucking Paradise: Hawaiian ‘Ukulele Performance in Japan
Maria Elizabeth Lucas, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
Unbounding Boundaries: Reflections Beyond Doing “Ethnomusicology of/for the Nation” in Brazil

Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, College of Holy Cross
Reconstructing a Turkish Identity in Boston: Mehter, Byzantine Music, Jazz, and More
Sharon Kivenko, Harvard University
Mobile Bodies: Malian Dancers and Social Belonging Through Transnational Movement
Bode Omojola, Mount Holyoke College
Yoruba Drumming in the United States: History, Memory, and Practice

Past Events 2013 - 14

Rebecca Dirksen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Remixed Migrations: Variations on a Theme of Movement in Haitian Rap Kreyòl, Classical, and Folkloric Musics
Yinbei Li, Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Chengcheng Ma, Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Yan Sun, Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Su Zheng, Wesleyan University
Exploring Music in China's New African Diaspora
Anne Rasmussen, College of William and Mary
Tiago de Oliveira Pinto, LISZT School of Music, Weimar & Friedrich Schiller University, Jena
Music and Performance of African Identity in Brazilian Quilombos (Maroon Communities)
Patrick Hutchinson, Brown University
Panayotis League, Harvard University
Tom Zajac, Wellesley College
Sounds from Europe's Margins: Bagpipes in Boston
Michael Frishkopf, University of Alberta
Religious Diversity, Tolerance, and Conflict: Muslims and Musical Ritual in Egypt and Ghana
Marié Abé, Boston University
Reimagining Oaxacan Heritage through Accordions and Airwaves in the San Joaquin Valley, California