ANTHRCUL 546 - Introduction to Ethnomusicology
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
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This course is an introductory foray into the scholarly and sonic world of ethnomusicology. A relatively young field, since its inception ethnomusicology has strived to self-reflexively improve its approach and purview as a humanities discipline. This has led to a constant development of new themes and areas of study. Our course will focus on some of these. We will begin with a broad history of scholarship in ethnomusicology, and then move to a consideration of specific issues, such as: What is gained, and what lost, if we expand our consideration of music to the broader category of sound? How does attention to music as an affective practice elucidate the process of meaning and knowledge making? How have ethnomusicologists addressed issues relating to identity such as race, religion, nation, gender, and sexuality? Our discussions will be in relation to a variety of musical cultures from around the globe, emphasizing the discipline’s openness to repertories studied. Over the course of the semester, we will get a sense of ethnomusicology also as an inherently interdisciplinary and people-centric field of study.

This seminar is discussion based, and requires your active participation in each class. You are especially encouraged to bring your own musical, cultural, and scholarly interests and experiences to each meeting. True to the spirit of ethnomusicology, our seminar will aim to foster curiosity, diversity, and inclusivity. The collaborative mode of learning in this seminar invites you also to engage with each other with interest and empathy.


ANTHRCUL 546 - Introduction to Ethnomusicology
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 12:00PM - 1:30PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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