Archive for June, 2011

Kitchener-Waterloo is Where It’s AT!

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Last night I attended the first “meetup” of people organizing or interested in the 140 Character Conference taking place in Kitchener on September 15, 2011. What is that, you ask? Well, it’s the first Canadian conference based on the 140conf held recently in New York. The 140 Character Conference explores the state of NOW, how the real-time internet is making an impact on how we communicate and how we do business.

The first Canadian conference will be held at The Tannery in Kitchener, a repurposed heritage building that now houses Google, Desire@Learn, Communitech, and numerous smaller start-ups in the region. It’s a happening place and a fitting place to hold this ground-breaking event. There is a Call for Speakers out now, and with 10-minute rule on talks it looks to be a day that moves as fast as your Twitter feed.

Not convinced yet? Follow the #140confON hashtag on Twitter and keep up to date on speakers and meetups as they happen. Me, I’ve got my ticket already and am looking forward to showing off what Waterloo Region is up to.

Native Women’s Discussion Group (Music Traditions, Cultures, and Contexts)

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

The Native Women’s Discussion Group included contributions from Anna Hoefnagels and Marcia Ostashewski in which they explore one of Bev’s influential articles, “Native American Contemporary Music: The Women” (2002). In particular, they examine how this piece influenced their own research on First Nations musical practices and, as is often the case with outstanding research, how it shaped their thinking about what initially might seem to be un-related musical Diasporas. By drawing examples from their own teaching settings, the authors also explain how this article became an important pedagogical tool in their own classrooms. Anna and Marcia invite readers to continue the discussion and explore how Bev’s ideas and intellectual output have shaped them as teachers, researchers and individuals.

Read the full discussion here and then return to this blog post to leave your comments.

Hegemony and Identity Discussion Group (Music Traditions, Culture, and Context)

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

The hegemony and identity discussion group (Dana Baitz, Charity Marsh, Marcia Ostashewski and Heather Sparling) engaged in a dialogue using as their starting point the introduction to Canadian Music: Issues of Hegemony and Identity (1994). In this piece and throughout her pedagogical work, Bev invites us to think about what it means to be ethnomusicologists who are inherently human. What of ourselves do we bring to our research? How do we negotiate our racialized, gendered and class-based selves as we approach this work? What does it mean to be part of an academic tradition that is symbolically attributed significant social power? What does it mean to work within the geo-political entity known as Canada? The group invites readers to continue with the ideas raised here or lead us into new discussions surrounding issues of music, hegemony and identity.

Read the full discussion here and then return to this blog post to leave your comments.

Gender Discussion Group (Musical Traditions, Cultures, and Contexts)

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

The gender discussion group (Dana Baitz, Virginia Caputo, Kip Pegley and Nino Tsitsishvili) explored several topics in their initial dialogues after which they moved into a discussion to which they are all committed: marginal gender identifications, particularly within vocal performance. They brought into the dialogue articles by a number of scholars on the topic, most notably by Bev Diamond and Suzanne Cusick to see how their writings inform one another and help the contributors to explore further these topics in their own work. They hope that readers will continue the dialogue and share their further thoughts on any aspect of music, gender and marginality.

Please see the full discussion here and then return to this blog post to leave your comments.

Fieldwork Discussion Group (Music Traditions, Cultures, and Contexts)

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

This piece documents online discussions between three of Bev’s students (Anna Hoefnagels, Sherry Johnson, and Judith Klassen) around ethnomusicological ideas and lessons that Bev taught them. In their exchanges it became very evident that each of them admired Bev as a scholar, mentor, and friend. Indeed, as with any student-mentor relationship, their individual relationships with Bev grew over the years (and continue to do so), and it is impossible for them to separate Bev the teacher from Bev the mentor, role model, and advocate, as her pedagogy and personhood are implicitly linked.  Bev’s impact on them extends beyond her “lessons of ethnomusicology” to include lessons, or modeling, of excellent teaching, interpersonal skills and research methodologies. The discussion, to which they hope readers contribute, is their attempt to communicate some of the wisdom Bev has shared with them about doing ethnomusicology, lessons that all students and ethnomusicologists can both learn from and value.

Read the full discussion here and return to this post for comments.