Recent Graduate Student Activities

Compiled by Kevin Miller



Juniper Hill

In addition to numerous other grants and awards, Juniper Hill was recently awarded the Fulbright Fellowship for Finland 2003-2004, where she plans to conduct her dissertation fieldwork.

publications:

In Press: "Musical Ironies in the Andes: Borrowing from the Other to Define the Self" in [volume on music and minorities from ICTM Music and Minorities Study Group -- title yet to be determined], edited by Ursula Hemetek. Oxford Scholars Press.

papers/presentations:

Paper: "Finnish Attitudes Towards New Folk Music: Multiculturalism, Nationalism, and Individualism." Paper Presented at the Society for Ethnomusicology Southern California Chapter, Los Angeles, CA. February 2003.

Paper: "Musical Ironies in the Andes: Borrowing from the Other to Define the Self." Paper presented at the Music and Minorities Study Group of the International Council of Traditional Music, Lublin, Poland, July 2002.

Paper: "Global Travel and the Return Home: Money, Creative Exploration, and Protecting the Indigenous Other in Andean Music." Paper presented at the International Council of Traditional Music, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. July 2001.



Kevin Miller

A recent MA graduate, Kevin Miller has been involved with the local South Asian community as a member of the music committee for the Artwallah Festival, an annual South Asian diaspora arts and music showcase.

papers/presentations:

“The Emerging Beat of India in America: The Fusion Hip Hop of Karmacy.” Presented at the 20th Anniversary Meeting of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Cleveland, OH. October 2002.

“Desi Sounds and Festival Grounds: Transnational Identity and Musical Syncretism at a South Asian-American Festival.” Presented at the 2003 Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Southern California Chapter, Los Angeles, CA. February 2003. Also presented at the Transnational Cultures Across Generations conference, Los Angeles, CA. April 2003.


Kathleen Noss

Ph.D student Kathleen Noss has been busy in the local music-loving community, serving as web-designer and music event promoter for "Radio Afrodicia" on KPFK 90.7, Los Angeles. She was also involved with promotion for the 2001 African Village Music Festival, Los Angeles.

publications:

Article: "Representing Scriptures through African Performing Arts." In Bible Translation and African Audiences, edited by Ernest Wendland and Jean-Claude Loba. Nairobi, Kenya: United Bible Societies. In press (2003)

Review: Review of CD-Rom Five Windows into Africa (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2000). In Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, 2002. 59(1):131-133.

papers/presentations:

Paper: "Communicating Scriptures through (African) Performing Arts." Society for Ethnomusicology Southern California Chapter annual meeting, 2003. Los Angeles, California.

Paper: "Artist as Performer." Presented in conjunction with performance workshops at "Bible and Media: Engaging the Audience through Art," a conference sponsored by United Bible Societies, 2002. Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Paper: "Artist as Interpreter." Presented in conjunction with performance workshops at "Bible and Media: Engaging the Audience through Art," a conference sponsored by United Bible Societies, 2002. Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Paper: "Musicians, Musics, and Metaphors in Flux: Exploring African Musicians' Perceptions and Uses of Music Across Spaces." African Literature Association annual meeting, 2002. San Diego, California.

Paper: "Clearing the Confusion, Fighting the Fight: Afro-Bolivian Expression in La Saya." Inter-American Conference on Black Music Research, 2001. Port of Spain, Trinidad.



Karin Patterson

In May of 2003, Ph.D. candidate Karin Patterson began work as the Director/Curator of the Le Florence Gallery in the Leimert Park district of Los Angeles. She writes: “My proposal was accepted with the goal of expanding the Gallery into a Cultural Center for an interdisciplinary approach to the exhibition and exploration of the arts of the African diaspora. It will be an extended development process to be undertaken in phases, but I am deeply encouraged by the prospect of participating in the fostering of this space for the Los Angeles community.”



Jonathan Ritter

Jonathan Ritter, a Ph.D. candidate, was awarded the 2002 Charles Seeger Prize at the Society for Ethnomusicology meeting in Estes Park, Colorado in October. The prize, honoring the best student paper given at the previous year's conference, was awarded for Ritter's paper entitled "'When Our People Wept Blood': Carnival Performance and the Politics of Memory in Post-War Ayacucho, Peru."

publications:

Article: "Siren Songs: Ritual and Revolution in the Peruvian Andes," in the British Journal of Ethnomusicology (11/i: 9-42).

Essay: “Articulating Blackness in Afro-Ecuadorian Marimba Performance” in Selected Reports in Ethnomusicology, Vol. 11: Musical Cultures of Latin America (2003: 143-53).



Amy Wooley

Having defended her dissertation "Conjuring Utopia: The Appalachian String Band Revival," Amy Wooley was recently hooded as Prof. Anthony Seeger’s first Ph.D. graduate. In Fall of 2002, she accepted the position of Visiting Assistant Professor at the College of William and Mary, a post she will hold through the 2003-2004 academic year.

papers/presentations:

Paper: "From Big Dreams to Big Hair: One Compromise Over the Line." Presented: 3rd Annual UCLA Graduate Student Conference: The Recording Industry, May 31, 2003.

Paper: "Murder, Escape and Punishment: Appalachian Balladry as Enforcement of Gender Roles." Presented: The Society for Ethnomusicology, Southern California Chapter, annual conference February 2001. Also presented at the Think Gender Conference, March 2001.

Film: “Joe Thompson: Roots of the Vine.” (2001). Producer, videographer, director. Presented: The Society for Ethnomusicology national conference in Detroit, 2001.

KPFK radio, Los Angeles: "Behind the Music" guest discussant: the music in "O Brother Where Art Thou," 2001.