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Student Union Member-at-Large Candidates 2017
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Shumaila Hemanai (hemani@ualberta.ca)

I am a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in Ethnomusicology at University of Alberta, Canada and work with Professor Regula B. Qureshi on the impact of the processes of modernity on the Sufi tradition of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai in Sind Pakistan.  I completed M.A. in Ethnomusicology in 2011. My research interests and projects are vastly varied and range from sounds of Islamic ritual to state patronage and preservation of folk music and dance in Pakistan, musical appropriations in the formation of bands in Ismaili Muslim community in colonial India to how formations of cultural identity and nationalism in colonial and post-colonial states invent musical traditions.

As a SEM Student Union councillor, I would like to address issues that Ethnomusicology students confront after their candidacies and at the ABD stage especially when they are on the job market. How can the student union support its members about hiring in academia as well as transferable skills in non-academic jobs? While the last meeting of SEM discussed jobs in public sector, what is of interest to me is to create a space where students in Ethnomusicology are also considered attractive candidates for jobs in Anthropology, Sociology, Religious Studies, regional studies or even Philosophy because the inter-disciplinary nature of our field leads us to read a diverse body of scholarly literature and engage with multiple discourses. What role can our vast network of established scholars in the field play in positioning Ethnomusicologists within the broader discourses within academia?    

Tanner Jones (tanjoplayer@gmail.com)

My name is Tanner Jones and am currently ABD at the University of Kentucky, deep in the throes of dissertating on music and shamanic ritual in Jeju, South Korea. I spent a year doing fieldwork in South Korea funded by a Fulbright research grant, and I am currently on fellowship from the Korea Foundation. Along with writing my dissertation, I have spent the last year working on publications and presenting my research as often as possible, including formulating and submitting research panels focusing on activism and ecomusicology. Having personally worked through issues of funding, graduate student unionization, issues in the field, and many other problems that continue to confront students of ethnomusicology, I am confident I can add a knowledgable and productive voice to the organization in our continuing effort to address these issues. In particular, I would like to address pedagogical practices and education thereof to graduate students. In my experience, graduate students are given great responsibility in teaching undergraduate classes, and in turn they are given little instruction in pedagogy. I would like to work with the student union in creating opportunities to engage with professionals in addressing how we teach ethnomusicology, moving beyond lectures and creating engaging and dynamic lessons that represent current trends in pedagogical practice.

Lior Shragg (ls594415@ohio.edu)

Lior Shragg is a PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts at Ohio University. His research explores identity, diaspora, and transnationalism in the music of sub-Saharan Jewish communities, particularly among the Igbo Jews of Nigeria. Other research interests include musical theatre, film music, and composition. He is an active member of the Society for Ethnomusicology at the national and chapter level: Lior presented at the 2015 and 2016 national conferences, as well as the 2014 and 2015 Southwest Regional conferences. Lior is a Northern Trust/Piper Enrichment fellow and a three-time recipient of the Winona State Student Composer’s Award. He also serves on the Graduate Student Advisory Committee at Ohio University. Lior is a percussionist and composer and has been an active member of the Chicago musical theatre scene since 2015.

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