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Symposium on Ethnomusicology and the Humanities, Indiana University, 2017
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Symposium on Ethnomusicology and the Humanities

Friday, March 31, 2017
9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Indiana Memorial Union – Oak Room

Society for Ethnomusicology and
IU Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology

Co-sponsored by the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Indiana University Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, this symposium aims to inspire critical reflection on current and potential contributions of ethnomusicology to humanities scholarship, education, and public service. Over the past several decades, ethnomusicology has grown as an interdisciplinary field for the study of music as central to human expression and experience across both contemporary and historical settings. In exploring music in diverse cultural contexts and configurations of power, ethnomusicologists work at the intersections of such fields as musicology, dance studies, linguistics, folkloristics, literary studies, visual studies, anthropology, and history. However, the majority are employed in schools or departments of music (with IU as a prominent exception), and other humanities and social science specialists often have limited awareness of their research and teaching. In addition, many ethnomusicologists, in both academic and other institutions, address social problems through applied projects but frequently encounter difficulties in obtaining recognition or resources for these initiatives. The participants in this day-long symposium seek to assess both the achievements and challenges of ethnomusicology in the contemporary academy and broader public sphere.


Symposium Program with Participant Bios (PDF)


Roundtable 1 (9:00 am – 10:30 am): Ethnomusicology and the Humanities: Guiding Principles

How can ethnomusicologists more fully articulate the relevance of their core perspectives to current debates on theory and practice in the humanities?

Gregory F. Barz, Chair (Vanderbilt University); David A. McDonald (Indiana University); Travis A. Jackson (University of Chicago); Ruth M. Stone (Indiana University); Anne K. Rasmussen (College of William and Mary)

Roundtable 2 (11:00 am – 12:30 pm): Ethnomusicology and Humanities Scholarship

What opportunities and constraints currently shape ethnomusicologists’ scholarly engagement with other humanistic fields?

Travis A. Jackson, Chair (University of Chicago); Daniel B. Reed (Indiana University); Gregory F. Barz (Vanderbilt University); Elizabeth Tolbert (Johns Hopkins University); Donna Lee Kwon (University of Kentucky)

Roundtable 3 (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm): Ethnomusicology and Humanities Education

How can ethnomusicologists more effectively demonstrate to undergraduate students and institutional administrators the value of their courses to a liberal arts education?

Fernando Orejuela, Chair (Indiana University); Mellonee Burnim (Indiana University); Anne K. Rasmussen (College of William and Mary); Maria Mendonça (Kenyon College); Sarah Weiss (Yale NUS College)

Roundtable 4 (4:00 pm – 5:30 pm): Ethnomusicology and Public Humanities

How can ethnomusicologists increase the public impact of their work in such areas as cultural heritage, education, social conflict resolution, health, and environmental sustainability?

Maria Mendonça, Chair (Kenyon College); Sue Tuohy (Indiana University); Alan R. Burdette (Indiana University); Jennie Gubner (Indiana University); Alisha Lola Jones (Indiana University)

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