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January 2019 Ethnomusicology Student of the Month
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Felicia Youngblood
Florida State University

Concentration of Study: Cultural Heritage and Sustainability, Gender, Voice Studies, and Tarantism

Expected Date of Graduation: May 4, 2019

Biography: Felicia K. Youngblood is a PhD candidate in Musicology at Florida State University. Her current work evaluates how music sustainability efforts can be used to reclaim traditionally underrepresented voices. In particular, she collaborates with the Club per l’UNESCO di Galatina to better understand the contributions of women to a centuries-old southern Italian ritual known as tarantism. Together, they explore how the Club’s tarantism festival and reenactments can highlight the voices and essential roles of these women as cornerstones of Apulian identity. This work was supported by a Presser Foundation Graduate Music Research Award in 2017 and the FSU Musicology Area Summer Research Award in 2016. Felicia is a co-founder and the current chair of SEM’s Disability and Deaf Studies SIG, an active member of the Applied Ethnomusicology section and the Gender and Sexualities Taskforce, and has served on the board of the Section on the Status of Women. She is also heavily involved in the FSU community, functioning as a workshop facilitator for FSU Allies & Safe Zones, a member and former communications coordinator for FSU’s Society for Musicology, and a fellow in the FSU Fellows Society. As a result of her pedagogical accomplishments in teaching courses on world, popular, American roots music, and historic literature, Felicia was selected as a fellow with FSU’s Program for Instructional Excellence. She looks forward to continuing her work as an instructor and as a researcher with the Club per l’UNESCO di Galatina in the coming years as they compile their dossier to certify Salento as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Publications: “On Un-Silencing Voices: Tarantismo and the Gendered Heritage of Apulia.” Folk Life: Journal of Ethnological Studies 57.1 (2019), forthcoming.

Awards: 

  • Recipient - Presser Foundation Graduate Music Research Award, Summer 2017
  • Fellow - Florida State University Fellows Society, 2017-2019
  • Alternate - Fulbright U.S. Student Program Italian Study/Research Award, 2017
  • Recipient - FSU Program for Instructional Excellence Teaching Assistantship, 2016-2017
  • Recipient - FSU Musicology Area Summer Research Award, 2016
  • Recipient - Carol Krebs Research Fellow Award, 2015
  • Nominee - FSU Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, 2015
  • Recipient - FSU Graduate Teaching Assistantship, 2014-2017
  • Nominee & Member - Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Society, 2013-2019
  • Recipient - FSU Graduate Assistantship, 2011-2013


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