The Music, Language, and Culture Workshop

September 26, 2014
by nchana

Thursday, October 9 – Beverley Diamond

Please join us on Thursday, October 9 at 4:30pm, (Goodspeed 205) for our first workshop of the Autumn Quarter.

We are excited to welcome renowned ethnomusicologist Beverley Diamond for a question and answer session.

Please note that Beverley Diamond will also be giving a formal presentation, Taking Aesthetic Action: Canada’s Indian Residential Schools, at the Music Colloquium Series on Friday, October 10 at 3:30pm.


Beverley Diamond (B.Mus, M.A. Ph.D. University of Toronto) is a Canadian ethnomusicologist who assumed the Canada Research Chair in Traditional Music at Memorial University in 2002. Before arriving in St. John’s she held full-time teaching positions at McGill, Queen’s, and York Universities, as well as visiting professorships at the University of Toronto and Harvard University. At Memorial University, she established the Research Centre for Music, Media and Place (MMaP) to serve as a liaison between university and communities on research projects of mutual interest. MMaP publishes in a variety of print and audio-visual media, including an archival CD series “Back on Track.”

Since the early 1970s, she has worked extensively in Inuit and First Nations communities in the Northwest Territories, Labrador, Quebec, and Ontario. Since 1999, she has done research in Sami communities in Norway and Finland. Her work has explored the relationship of music to issues of cultural identity (relating to such diverse subjects as women’s expressive cultures, musical instruments as cultural metaphor, and indigenous popular music), indigenous modernity issues (cultural property, technological change) and the role of the arts in reconciliation. Her publications include the books Native American Music in Eastern North America (2008, commissioned by Oxford University Press for their Global Music series, and Visions of Sound:Musical Instruments of First Nations Communities in Northeastern America (co-authored with M. Sam Cronk and F. von Rosen; University of Chicago Press, 1994), as well as several co-edited anthologies: Post-Colonial Distances. Popular Music in Canada and Australia(Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007); Aboriginal Music in Contemporary Canada. Echoes and Exchanges (McGill-Queen’s.University Press, 2012) She also works on issues of historiography, particularly as they relate to Canadian cultural diversity, co-editing Canadian Music: Issues of Hegemony and Identity, (Canadian Scholars Press, 1994) and serving as editorial advisor for Canada for the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. With Finnish ethnomusicologist, Dr. Pirkko Moisala, she co-edited Music and Gender (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000). Dr. Diamond’s most recent SSHRC-funded research has concerned the transnational circulation of indigenous music, cultural property, and the social construction of meaning in relation to changing technologies. During her 2012-13 Leave, she is finishing a book on the social history of audio recording in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dr. Beverley Diamond was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada(RSC), considered to be the highest academic honour in Canada. The society calls Dr. Diamond “a guiding voice in contemporary ethonomusicology in Canada” and “an inspiring mentor to more than 70 M.A. and Ph.D. students,” and credits her for developing cross-cultural perspectives on gendered musical practices. She received a Trudeau Fellowship (2009-12) and was the first recipient of the SOCAN Foundation/CUMS Award of Excellence for the Advancement of Research in Canadian Music. A Festschrift was published in her honour in 2010.

September 25, 2014
by nchana

Fall Quarter 2014 Schedule

Fall Quarter 2014 Schedule

We are pleased to announce our presenters for the autumn quarter.

October 9: Q & A with Beverley Diamond

October 23: Rehanna Kheshgi –  “Kasi Jun: Intimate Encounters with the Crescent Moon”

October 30: Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) presentations – William Buckingham, Danny Gough, and Lindsay Wright

November 6: SEM presentations – Meredith Aska McBride and Michael O’Toole

November 20: Thomas Hilder – “Sámi Musical Performance, Indigeneity, Cosmopolitanism”

December 11: Genevieve Dempsey  – “The Sacred Sound of Congado: A Revival of Afro-Brazilian Religiosity”


Unless otherwise noted, all workshop meetings are on Thursdays from 4:30-6pm in Room 205, Goodspeed Hall, University of Chicago campus.

September 3, 2014
by wdbuckingham

EthNoise! 2014-2015

Welcome to EthNoise!

EthNoise! is a student-run workshop based in the Department of Music which provides a forum for graduate students and guest speakers to present and discuss ongoing research. We meet on Thursday afternoons from 4:30-6pm approximately every other week during the quarter.

A few updates for 2014-2015:

Please note the new name of the workshop: EthNoise!: The Music, Language, and Culture Workshop.

The new student coordinators are Will Buckingham ( and Nadia Chana (

Please send us an email with any questions or interests regarding the workshop–especially if you’re interested in attending, presenting, or participating as a respondent to a paper.

The fall quarter schedule and additional details will be up shortly.