Two students in the ethnomusicology program have been awarded external field research fellowships for 2016-17. Brian Bond has been awarded dissertation-year fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and the American Institute of Pakistan Studies to research Sufi genres in India in the region of Kachchh. Brian’s research will focus on five devotional genres and their role as vehicles of ethical pedagogy within the context of Islamic revivalism. Elaine Sandoval has been awarded an IIE Fulbright fellowship to conduct research in Venezuela on the Alma Llanera program, a recent initiative of Venezuela’s national music education program, El Sistema. Elaine’s research will assess the ramifications of including instruction on a “national” folk genre within the El Sistema format, which otherwise foregrounds Western art music. Both Brian and Elaine presented their preliminary research findings at last year’s SEM meetings in Austin, Texas.
For more on Elaine’s project, see: http://www1.cuny.edu/mu/forum/2016/05/25/the-music-sounds-like-social-justice/