Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Transformation of Local Music

Dr. Carol Babiracki will present the first lecture in the Music, Media and Culture series October 7, 7:30 p.m., MMaP Gallery. Her topic is “Transnational Tribals and the Transformation of Local Music in India.”

Carol Babiracki is an Associate Professor of Music, History and Culture in the Fine Arts Department of Syracuse University. Before joining Syracuse, she taught on the faculties of Brown and Harvard Universities, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has spent many years in India doing field research, with a focus on village expressive culture in the state of Jharkhand over a twenty-five year period. Her publications have appeared in the journal Asian Music and in the books Women's Voices Across Musical Worlds, Shadows in the Field: New Perspectives on Field Research in Ethnomusicology, Comparative Musicology and the Anthropology of Music, Ethnomusicology and Modern Music History, and The Western Impact on World Music. She is currently completing a monograph about the role of Mundari music history and performance in the autonomy movement that resulted in Jharkhand statehood in 2000.

Dr. Babiracki will also be making informal presentations in three classes this week. These classes have been opened to members of the university community and the public, although space is limited in some cases.

Tues., October 7, School of Music Video Conferencing Room, 9-11:30 am: Presentation in Problems and methods in ethnomusicology: on fieldwork issues in village India.

PUBLIC LECTURE: Tues.,October 7, 7:30-9:00 pm, Public lecture (MMaP Gallery). Reception to follow. “Transnational Tribals and the Transformation of Local Music in India“

Thurs., Oct. 9, Science building room 2101 at 10:30-11:45a.m., In Introduction to Folklore class “Studying traditional dance: Mundari dance, including a dance workshop & some flute tunes”

Thurs., Oct. 9, Education building room 4008 at .2:00-3:15, In Folklore Research Methods class. “Advocacy in Fieldwork. Defining ‘human rights’ in Jharkhand”

For further information, call 737-2051 or email kharriswalsh@mun.ca or bdiamond@mun.ca

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