The Music, Language, and Culture Workshop


EthNoise! is an interdisciplinary workshop founded in the Department of Music, and supported by the University of Chicago Council on Advanced Studies. For nearly thirty years, it has fostered a scholarly community that shares and supports diverse projects at the intersections of music, dance, and culture across geographic regions and historical periods. The workshop is a forum for graduate students, faculty, and guests to share and discuss ongoing research projects. Our mission is to foster dialogue about recent research on the interactions between music, language, and culture.

While music is the thread uniting all of workshop’s presentations, our speakers come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including ethno/musicology, performance studies, history, anthropology, sociology, linguistics, and more. Our participants also draw on a variety of methodological approaches, including ethnography and archival analysis. The workshop is open to the public and typically meets on Thursdays from 5:00-6:30pm.

For more information and to receive regular updates about the workshop, including announcements and pre-circulated papers, please register for the EthNoise! listserv, or contact student coordinators Jonah Francese ( and Aimee González (

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