Ethnomusicology Conference, April 14, Tufts University

In a week I will be travelling to Boston to chair a panel at this year’s conference of the Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology. If you want to know more about ethnomusicology, this would be a great way to meet many people and get an introduction to the business, so to speak. Let me know if you are interested in attending.


Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology
2012 Annual Meeting

Saturday April 14

Tufts University, Medford Campus
Granoff Music Center

Sponsored by the Music Department of Tufts University.
Local Arrangements Chaired by Rich Jankowsky

8:30-8:45 Registration, coffee (lobby)

8:45-10:45 First Paper Sessions

Session 1A: Musicultural Cross-pollinations and Adaptations (Rm. 155)
Chair: Damascus Kafumbe, Middlebury College

Violin in Carnatic and Western Classical Music Traditions
Nicole Hansen, Middlebury College
9:15-9:45 Capoeira: Music and Dance of Resistance and Brotherhood
Taylor Bickford, Middlebury College
9:45-10:15 Isicathamiya: Missionary Influence on South African Acappella Music
Catherine Charnov, Middlebury College
10:15-10:45 Watoto Child Care Ministries: An Examination of Orphan Choirs in Uganda
Hannah Dietrich, Middlebury College


Session 1B: Interaction and Hierarchy within Four Musical Communities (Distler Recital
Chair: David Pruett, Univeristy of Massachusetts Boston
8:45-9:15 Musicking in Cyberspace: Creating Music and Fostering Community through a
Virtual Choir
Melanie Armstrong, Tufts University
9:15-9:45 Negotiating and Validating Immigrant Identity: Samba at Somerville High
Christiana Usenza, Tufts University
9:45-10:15 Timing and Groove in Irish Traditional Music and Dance
Samantha Jones, Boston University
10:15-10:45 Cat and Mouse: Music and Discipline in Traditional Dagbamba Society
Karl Haas, Boston University

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Second Paper Sessions

Session 2A: Theories of Sound and Sensation (Rm. 155)
Chair: Michael Birenbaum Quintero, Bowdoin College
11:00-11:30 Tuning, Timbre, and Temporality As A Modality of Being: Aesthetics of Tension
in Moroccan Gnawa Music
Tamara Turner, Tufts University
11:30-12:00 Writing with Sound: Composing a Philosophy that Listens
Justin Patch, Emmanuel College

Session 2B: Musical Encounters – Bali/USA (Distler Recital Hall)
Chair: Brita Heimarck, Boston University
11:00-11:30 Another American Gamelan in Bali: A portrait of Three Performance Events
Ellen Lueck, Wesleyan University
11:30-12:00 Slendro/Pelog: Experiments in Composition
Dewa Ketut Alit, MIT
With Jody Diamond, Harvard University

Lunch on your own
Coffee (lobby)


1:00-1:30 Student Concerns Meeting (Distler)

1:30-2:30 Business Meeting (Distler)

2:30-4:00 Third Paper Sessions

Session 3A: Ethno Tech Talk: Roundtable Discussion (Rm. 155)
Chair: Eric Galm, Trinity College
2:30-4:00 Ethno Tech Talk: A Conversation about Applied Technology within
Eric Galm, Trinity College; David Locke, Tufts
University; and Wayne Marshall, Brandeis University

Session 3B: Time and Place in American Music (Rm. 271)
Chair: Patrick Wood Uribe, Boston University
2:30-3:00 Poetry and Commerce in the American Song-Poem Industry
Francesca Inglese, Brown University
3:00-3:30 Marsalism, the B-Minor Madrigal, This Old House, and Slow Food: Advancing
Retro-Performativity in the 1980s
David Kjar, Boston University
3:30-4:00 When Raga Meets Jazz: Contemporary Fusions of Hindustani, Carnatic & Jazz
Tom Greenland, Independent Scholar

4:00-6:00 Fourth Paper Sessions

Session 4A: Music and the Politics of Self and Nation (Rm. 155)
Chair: Marié Abe, Boston University
4:00-4:30 No More Ch’angjak Kugak for Kugak’s Sake: In Search of Individuality Against
National Identity
Stephanie Choi, Wesleyan University
4:30-5:00 White Skin, Black Masks? Expressions of Identity in the Work of South African
Rave-Rap Crew ‘Die Antwoord’
Warrick Moses, Harvard University



Çeçen Kızı: Tracing a Tune through the Ottoman Ecumene
Panayoatis League, Boston University
Sounding dissidence: Retrospective resistance and postsocialist governance in 1990s
Nick Tochka, Stony Brook University

Session 4B: Authenticity and Identity in a Transcultural Landscape (Rm. 271)
Chair: Bill Boyer, Dartmouth College
4:00-4:30 Mediating Between Irish Diasporic Communities and ‘Imagined Ireland’: An
Analysis of The Yellow Bittern: The Life and Times of Liam Clancy
Colin Harte, University of Florida
4:30-5:00 Balancing the Authentic and the Exotic: Representing Musicians in the World Music
Aleysia Whitmore, Brown University
5:00-5:30 Dancing the Past in the Present: Tourism and Cultural Transmission
Colleen Ortiz, Boston University
5:30-6:00 Hybrid Musical Relations in the Bohemian Lands: Deciphering Transculturalism
Ulrike Prager, Boston University


Documenting Musical Evolution in Oral Tradition.” (Rm. 155)

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, Dünya, Emerson College, and Brown University
with Robert Labaree, New England Conservatory

6:30 Announcement of Prize Awards (Rm. 155)

6:40-7:30 Reception with Turkish Music Performance by Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, Robert Labaree, and
Panayotis League of Dunya (Remis Sculpture Court)

7:00-8:00 Dinner on your own

8:00-10:00 Performance by Rinengga Sih Tentrem, Tufts Gamelan Ensemble, and the
Boston Village Gamelan under the direction of Barry Drummond. Guest artists include
I.M. Harjito and Sumarsam of Wesleyan University. (Distler Recital Hall, free concert)

NECEM Officers: Brita Heimarck, President; David Pruett, Vice President; Fran Wildeboor,
Secretary; Peter Kvetko, Treasurer; Garrett Field, Website Editor; Michael Birenbaum Quintero,
Member-At-Large; and Corinna Campbell, Student Representative.

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