Books by Ethnomusicology Alumni Recognized by the British Forum for Ethnomusicology

The British Forum for Ethnomusicology, the national society for Great Britain, has awarded the BFE Book Prize for 2018 to alumna Noriko Manabe for her book, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music after Fukushima (Oxford Univ. Press, 2015). The prestigious prize, which is awarded biennially, recognizes “outstanding scholarship in ethnomusicology written in English.” Manabe’s book traces the various ways that music has been used by anti-nuclear protesters in Japan and in cyberspace following the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011. In their announcement, the selection committee commented that, “In this moment of heightened and anxious scrutiny of cyberspace as a forum for both activism and manipulation, Manabe’s book offers a thoughtful ethnographic look at a specific context for music and political action, in a variety of spaces both physical and virtual.” A second alumnus, David Garcia, received a Commendation for his book, Listening for Africa: Freedom, Modernity, and the Logic of Black Music’s African Origins (Duke Univ. Press, 2017). Garcia’s book examines efforts by scholars and performers between the 1930s and the 1950s to link Afro-diasporic performance forms to an African past, in ways that both intervened in and reinforced racializing constructs of the period. Manabe is currently Associate Professor of Music at Temple University; Garcia is Associate Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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