The Seeger Lecturer at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology will be Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett.
and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Kirshenblatt-Gimblett studied English
literature at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received
the A.B. and M.A. degrees. Her doctorate in folklore was completed at
the Folklore Institute, Indiana University. At New York University, she
is Professor of Performance Studies in the Tisch School of the Arts and
Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. She is also Research Associate
at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
She has served as
President of the American Folklore Society and Chair of the Board of
City Lore: The New York Center for Urban Folk Culture.
include the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1986-87), citation by the
Library of Congress for having produced one of the best sound
recordings of folklore and folksong in the United States during 1986
(documentary field recordings of folksongs in the East European Jewish
tradition), Lindback Award for Teaching Excellence (University of
Pennsylvania), and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts,
National Endowment for the Humanities, New York Council for the
Humanities, and others. In 1991-92, she was J. Paul Getty Scholar at the
Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities.
teaches and writes on museums, tourism, and heritage politics, as well
as on emergent culture in new technologies. Her publications include
Image Before My Eyes: A Photographic History of Jewish Life in Poland, 1864-1939 /(with
Lucjan Dobroszycki), which formed the basis for a major museum
exhibition and feature documentary film, and recently, articles on the
Los Angeles Festival of the Arts, the Ellis Island Restoration, bad
taste, and kitchen Judaism. Books in progress include an intellectual
history of Jewish folklore and ethnology.