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IU Launches New Ethnomusicology Advocacy Toolkit

Wednesday, October 24, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Stephen Stuempfle
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The Indiana University Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology Launches New Ethnomusicology Advocacy Toolkit



Fourteen graduate students of the IU Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and I announce the launch of the new Ethnomusicology Advocacy Toolkit
(https://www.indiana.edu/~apethno/). The toolkit is geared toward scholars, musicians, educators, students, and other individuals who are interested in advocacy and political or public engagement through their work. Our aim is to connect ethnomusicologists and scholars of related fields to resources that may be of use as they look to apply their research and teaching activities in new ways.

The Ethnomusicology Advocacy Toolkit includes (1) information pertaining to advocacy organizations that work in music and the arts; (2) guidance on interfacing with local and national institutions and elected representatives; (3) a list of potential funders and tips to manage support; (4) an overview of multicultural music education and leading proponents; (5) a review of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) as a means to develop quantitative and qualitative data collection models; (6) an introduction to copyright law including case studies; and (7) general resources including a glossary and extended bibliography. One notable feature of the toolkit is (8) a set of filmed interview profiles with scholars who describe their work as being applied, activist, engaged, or advocacy.

We look forward to collaborating with colleagues in expanding this resource for use in teaching, research, performance, and practice. To get involved, volunteer to be profiled, or provide feedback, please send an email to ethnoadvocacy [at] gmail [dot] com.

The current Ethnomusicology Advocacy Toolkit team thanks the following people for their assistance with the launch of this new resource: Shannon Dudley, Miriam Gerberg, Monika Herzig, Meryl Kreiger, Kathleen Kuo, Tim Lloyd, Guilnard Moufarrej, Nazareth Pantaloni III, Svanibor Pettan, Michael Birenbaum Quintero, Jonathan Ritter, Rebecca Sager, Matt Sakakeeny, Huib Schippers, Daniel Sheehy, Stephen Stuempfle, Stephanie Sturgis, Jessica Turner, Olivier Urbain, and other SEM conference attendees who kindly offered guidance, the American Folklore Society (AFS), the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), the SEM Applied Ethnomusicology Section, and the SEM Council.

Please help us to get the word out about the Ethnomusicology Advocacy Toolkit. Feel free to use this resource in your courses, and please consider contributing material in the upcoming months. Thank you for your support!


Rebecca Dirksen

With and on behalf of: Aliah Ajamoughli, Amy Aiyegbusi, Jamaal Baptiste, Kelly Bosworth, Lydia Cullen, Adah Hetko, Kennedi Johnson, Rebecca Kunin, Amelia Lopez, Kate Mullen, Jeremy Reed, Dikshant Uprety, Jennie Williams, and Claire Wright

Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology
Indiana University


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