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May 14, 2015

Musicologist Susan McClary Lecture

Lecture – Musicologist Susan McClary

Friday, May 22, 3:15 pm
Collier House
This is one of the School of Music’s premier academic lectures of the year, and it caps McClary’s week-long residency at the UO as a Trotter Visiting Professor.
For those unfamiliar with her work, Susan McClary’s book Feminine Endings: Music, Gender, and Sexuality (Minnesota, 1991) helped launch a wave of feminist music scholarship as well as related work on culture, identity, and politics that became known in the 1990s as “the new musicology.” A winner of the MacArthur foundation “genius grant” (1995), she has been a leader in the field of musicology for over two decades, and her work has been influential in many other disciplines. She’s a dynamic and brilliant speaker, so don’t miss this excellent lecture.
Musicologist Susan McClary
April 15, 2015

Folklore Graduate Colloquium



Nikki Silvestrini will deliver the second Folklore Graduate Colloquium address on April 23 at 6:00 pm in the Maple Room at the EMU.  Read More

March 17, 2015

Loren Kajikawa Releases New Book, “Sounding Race in Rap Songs”

Rap has cultivated a mainstream audience and become a multimillion-dollar industry by promoting highly visible and often controversial representations of blackness. Sounding Race in Rap Songs argues that rap music allows us not only to see but also to hear how mass-mediated culture engenders new understandings of race. The book traces the changing sounds of race across some of the best-known rap songs of the past thirty-five years, combining song-level analysis with historical contextualization to show how these representations of identity depend on specific artistic decisions, such as those related to how producers make beats. Each chapter explores the process behind the production of hit songs by musicians including Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, the Sugarhill Gang, Run-D.M.C., Public Enemy, N.W.A., Dr. Dre, and Eminem. This series of case studies highlights stylistic differences in sound, lyrics, and imagery, with musical examples and illustrations that help answer the core question: can we hear race in rap songs? Integrating theory from interdisciplinary areas, this book will resonate with students and scholars of popular music, race relations, urban culture, ethnomusicology, sound studies, and beyond.

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Loren Kajikawa is Assistant Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at the University of Oregon, where he teaches courses on a variety of twentieth- and twenty-first-century musical practices.

Lisa Gilman attends AFS Executive Board meeting

Lisa Gilman and AFS Board

Folklore Program Director Prof. Lisa Gilman recently returned from a meeting of the Executive Board of the American Folklore Society held in Columbus, OH, March 12-14, 2015. Photo, courtesy of Board Member Prof. Norma Cantu.

February 23, 2015

Archiving Project with Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Wins Award

Nathan and Emily at Warm Springs

Nathan Georgitis, Archivist for the Randall V. Mills Archives of Northwest Folklore, is working with the Oregon Folklife Network and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Culture & Heritage Department to digitize historical tribal sound recording for preservation and access.  Nathan installed an audio preservation workstation and trained a tribal archivist in preservation recording.  Tribal archivists Valerie Switzler and Dana Smith have now digitized approximately 250 analog cassettes dating from the 1950s to the 1980s.  The tapes contain documentation of the tribal languages of the Warm Springs, Wasco, and Paiute peoples, as well as pow wow songs, oral history interviews, stories and legends, and tribal council meetings.  Among the most important recordings to the tribes are those documenting Washaat religious services, the Warm Springs Sahaptin language, and contemporary and historical uses of natural resources in the Columbia River watershed.  The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department awarded the project an Excellence in Oregon Heritage Award in 2014.

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