Call and Response: SEM President’s Roundtable 2018, “Humanities’ Responses to the Anthropocene”
Timothy J. Cooley is Professor of Ethnomusicology and Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He teaches courses on vernacular and popular musics in Central European and the USA. His edited volume, Shadows in the Field: New Perspectives for Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology, edited with Greg Barz and now in its second edition, is a standard text for students of ethnomusicology. His second book, Making Music in the Polish Tatras: Tourists, Ethnographers, and Mountain Musicians, won the 2006 Orbis Prize for Polish Studies. Cooley’s second monography, Surfing about Music, considers how surfers musically express their ideas about surfing, and how surfing as a sport and lifestyle is represented in popular culture. Most recently he was the contributing editor of Cultural Sustainabilities. Currently he is serving as the President of SEM.
Aaron S. Allen is director of the Environment & Sustainability Program in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability, College of Arts and Sciences, and associate professor of musicology in the School of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts, at UNC Greensboro. A fellow of the American Academy in Rome, he earned a PhD from Harvard University with a dissertation on the nineteenth-century Italian reception of Beethoven. His BA in music and BS in ecological studies are from Tulane University. He is co-editor with Kevin Dawe of the collection Current Directions in Ecomusicology: Music, Culture, Nature (Routledge 2016), which was the 2018 recipient of the Ellen Koskoff Edited Volume Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology.
Ruth Hellier-Tinoco (PhD) is a scholar-creative artist and professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In the UK she followed successful careers as an actor, musician, performer, arts facilitator and Head of Music in the 1980s and early 1990s before undertaking long-term research in Mexico. She focuses on experimental performance-making, the politics-poetics of performance in Mexico and Europe, environmental and community arts and embodied vocality, engaging with the disciplines of performance studies, ethnomusicology and music studies, critical dance and theatre studies, history and feminist studies. She is editor of the multidisciplinary journal Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos (University of California Press). Her publications include: Embodying Mexico: Tourism, Nationalism, and Performance (Oxford University Press); Women Singers in Global Contexts: Music, Biography, Identity (University of Illinois Press); and Performing Palimpsest Bodies: Postmemory Theatre Experiments in Mexico (Intellect and University of Chicago Press).
Mark Pedelty is a Professor of Communication Studies and Anthropology at the University of Minnesota and Fellow at the Institute on the Environment. His two most recent books are Ecomusicology: Rock, Folk and the Environment (Temple University Press, 2012) and A Song to Save the Salish Sea: Musical Performance as Environmental Activism (Indiana University Press, 2016). Dr. Pedelty has conducted ethnographic field research in El Salvador, Mexico, British Columbia, and Washington State. He also directs music videos, composes, and performs for Ecosong.net. Pedelty teaches courses in environmental communication, research methods, and music.
Denise Von Glahn is the Curtis Mayes Orpheus Professor and Coordinator of the Musicology area at Florida State University where she also directs the Center for Music of the Americas. She has published two books on music and nature topics: The Sounds of Place: Music and the American Cultural Landscape, which won a 2004 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, and Music and the Skillful Listener: American Women Compose the Natural World, which won the Pauline Alderman Award of 2015. Her scholarship has appeared in JAMS, JSAM, and American Music, as well as journals and essay collections in the U.S. and abroad. In 2017 Von Glahn published Libby Larsen: Composing an American Life, a title in the Music in American Life series at University of Illinois Press.
Jeff Todd Titon is professor of music, emeritus, at Brown University where for 27 years he directed the PhD program in ethnomusicology. He is known for collaborative ethnographic field research based in reciprocity and friendship, and as a pioneer in establishing an applied ethnomusicology based in social responsibility. The first to propose that musical cultures could be understood as ecosystems, he is known for developing an ecological approach to cultural and musical sustainability. In 2012 he issued an appeal for a sound commons for all living creatures, part of his current project that theorizes a sound ecology. His most recent book, co-edited with Svanibor Pettan, is the Oxford Handbook of Applied Ethnomusicology (Oxford University Press, 2015). Toward a Sound Ecology: New and Selected Essays by Jeff Todd Titon (Indiana University Press) is forthcoming in 2020.
Jennifer C. Post specializes in research on Central and South Asian music and on musical instruments and their production. Her research in Mongolia with Kazakh pastoralists living in the Altai Mountain region addresses music in relation to homeland and place, new mobilities, well-being, and environmental change. Recent work in collaboration with ecologists explores music and sound in social-ecological systems in Mongolia and other locations. Publications on these topics have appeared in edited collections and in the journals Ethnomusicology Forum, Journal of Ethnobiology, MUSICultures, and Yearbook for Traditional Music. She is currently co-editing a volume on Mongolian music titled Mongolian Sound Worlds and completing a book on the impact of global environmental issues on musical instrument production (both University of Illinois Press). She currently teaches ethnomusicology at the University of Arizona.
Timothy Cooley, Aaron S. Allen, Ruth Hellier, Mark Pedelty, Denise Von Glahn, Jeff Todd Titon, Jennifer C. Post; Call and Response: SEM President’s Roundtable 2018, “Humanities’ Responses to the Anthropocene”. Ethnomusicology 1 January 2020; 64 (2): 301. doi: https://doi.org/10.5406/ethnomusicology.64.2.0301
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