Category: Student News
PhD student Jeff Dyer’s article “A View from Cambodia: Reorienting the Monochord Zither” has just been published in Asian Music.
Volume 47, Issue 1, Winter/Spring 2016
Jeff Dyer, Ph.D student in Ethnomusicology, is currently running a kickstarter to raise funds in order to bring musicians from Cambodia to the US in April, for the Global Music Lunchtime Concert Series and several other local shows.
The kickstarter can be accessed here. (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1537999307/cambodian-musicians-to-tour-america)
PhD student Rachel Kurihara is presenting at the Sixteenth Century Society Conference in Vancouver this Sunday, 10/24. Her paper is entitled, “Juan Matías and Race Relations in the Oaxaca City Cathedral, 1655.”
PhD student Ian Coss publishes an article on the sound studies blog Sounding Out!
The article can be read at the following link:
PhD student in Ethnomusicology John Forrestal will be presenting two papers at conferences this Fall.
His paper, entitled, “Performativity, Dance, and the Third Sex in Uekrongtham’s Beautiful Boxer” will be presented at the 2015 New York Conference on Asian Studies at Vassar College (Oct 16–17, 2015).
His paper, entitled, “‘I Spill My Blood In Order to be Close to the King:’ Mimesis, Authenticity and Music in Thai Fighting Sports” will be presented at the 2015 Council on Thai Studies at Ohio University (Oct 23–24, 2015).
John is a second-year PhD student in Ethnomusicology researching the musical accompaniment to the Thai fighting sport, muay Thai. His work can be followed at his Academia.edu page.
PhD candidate in Musicology Jeannette Jones will be presenting a paper entitled, “‘Hearing Deafly’: Reshaping the Geography of Sound in the Body” at the American Musicological Society’s 2015 meeting in Louisville, KY (November 12–15, 2015).
Jeannette is a contributor to The Oxford Handbook of Music and Disability Studies (OUP, 2015). She can be followed at her Academia.edu page.
“The prospect of deaf hearing is a seeming oxymoron borne out of not only the hearing world’s assumption that deafness wholly prevents sound perception, but also the Deaf world’s insistence that sound itself is irrelevant. Former president of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) George Veditz’s famous 1910 proclamation that deaf people are “first, last and for all time, the people of the eye” remains an imperative in contemporary Deaf culture, a view that often dismisses the relevance of deaf musical expression.
This paper negotiates these conflicting ideals by theorizing what I term “hearing deafly,” a multi-sensory, embodied understanding of sound grounded in a deaf perspective. I draw on interviews with members of the Deaf rock band Beethoven’s Nightmare. While a non-deaf person may conceive of the auditory process as dwelling in the ear and auditory nerve, for a deaf person it shifts to the environment of the body. The members of Beethoven’s Nightmare credit their hearing loss with affording a greater sensibility to the vibrations of their musical experiences. One member describes sensing sound through an integration of seeing and feeling, creating what he calls “a sense of vibe to my body.” In the context of hearing deafly, an awareness of embodied vibration allows these deaf musicians to be conscious of the interconnections between people and sounds. I argue that such a sense informs our understanding of how music and sound create a sense of shared presence between the musicking participants, deaf or hearing.
Decentering the ears from the hearing process draws attention to certain assumptions surrounding hearing and sound that are rooted in our culturally conditioned aural-normativity, that is, the idea that sound experiences are ear-centered. Similarly, the primacy of vision in Deaf culture risks overshadowing deaf multi-sensory engagements with sound. Reshaping the geography of sound in the bodily environment expands the boundaries of musical perception, opening our understanding of musical experience that blurs the binaries between deaf and hearing. Hearing deafly cuts across cultural-linguistic and audiological divisions to articulate an aspect of musical experience that is available to all bodies.”
PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology Karl Haas will be presenting “‘To Be a Man Is Not Easy’: Music and Masculinity in Northern Ghana” at:
- The Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora 8th Biennial Conference in Charleston, SC
- The African Studies Association Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, where he is also chairing the panel on Masculine Identities
- The Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) Annual Meeting in Austin, TX (December 3–6, 2015)
Additionally, Karl will be giving a Walter Rodney Lecture at the BU African Studies Center on November 2, 2015, entitled “Music, masculinity, and grassroots cultural preservation in Northern Ghana.” The Walter Rodney Seminar lectures occur every Monday at noon in Room 505 of the African Studies Center.
PhD student Brian Barone writes in this month’s The Brooklyn Rail about the meaning(s) of President Obama’s rendition of “Amazing Grace” in Charleston, South Carolina earlier this year:
Ethnomusicology Ph.D student Ian Coss worked with Afropop Worldwide to produce a podcast based on his research of Internet Radio in Boston’s Ugandan community. The piece features DJ Paddy of Radio Uganda Boston, and you can hear it on the Afropop website. Follow Ian’s other projects @ iancoss.com, or on Twitter at @ian_coss.
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