Wednesday, October 7, 2009

MMaP lecture series to discuss Aboriginal Australian women

The latest installment of the Research Centre for Music, Media and Place’s lecture series will host a discussion surrounding the history and contemporary realities of indigenous Australian women.

Dr. Elizabeth MacKinlay will present on “Big Women from Borroloola: Approaching, applying and decolonising ethnomusicology in the context of Indigenous Australia” on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the MMaP Gallery, located on the second floor of the Arts and Culture Centre.

Dr. MacKinlay is senior lecturer in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, where she teaches indigenous studies, women’s studies and ethnomusicology at the University of Queensland. She will reflect on her time spent with women from the Aboriginal community at Borroloola in the South West of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory of Australia in 2008-09.

Currently undertaking research and publishing widely on a diverse range of topics such as Aboriginal women’s music, performance pedagogy, critical race theory and discourse, autoethnographic approaches and music and mothering, Dr.
MacKinlay is also the editor of the Music Education Research and Innovation (MERI) and co-editor of the Australian Journal of Music Education (AJIE).

The Canada Research Chair in Ethnomusicology, Dr. Beverley Diamond, in conjunction with the School of Music and the Department of Folklore, inaugurated this interdisciplinary lecture series in 2002-03.

Distinguished scholars from the academic community are featured in a series of presentations regarding historical and contemporary musical practices. Members of the general public, as well as the university community, are cordially invited.

For more information, please contact Kristin Harris Walsh,

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