Music and Gender
Seminar in Ethnomusicology. Deals with advanced theoretical and methodological problems in ethnomusicology, and with the relationship of ethnomusicology to allied disciplines. Prerequisite: graduate-student standing in ethnomusicology or permission of instructor.
Thinking about Islam and the Arts
This seminar explores theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of popular music from different parts of the world, including the Caribbean, South Africa, the United States, Indonesia, and the Middle East. Through close reading of scholarship on a variety of genres, such as calypso, rap, salsa, and dangdut, students will explore topics and issues of interest to scholars of popular music, including technology and agency, circulation, communities and scenes, youth culture, nationalism, transnationalism, fusion and hybridity, neo-liberalism, and audiences. Students will also think about how they might apply approaches from studies of popular music to their own work.