Beverley Diamond

ProfessorHonorary Research Professor

B. Mus. Honours (Toronto)
M.A. (Toronto)
Ph.D.  (Toronto)

Beverley Diamond is the Canada Research Chair in Ethnomusicology at Memorial University of Newfoundland where she established and directs the Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media, and Place (MMaP). The MMaP Centre works as an intermediary between university researchers and communities, often undertaking collaborative research production projects. The Centre runs an annual lecture series as well as symposia and conferences, and produces the Back on Track archival recording series as well as other print and AV material on relevant cultural issues in the province and beyond.

Diamond is known for her research on gender issues, Canadian historiography, and indigenous music cultures. Her research on indigenous music has ranged from studies of traditional Inuit and First Nations song traditions and Saami joik, to indigenous audio recording, traditional protocols for access and ownership, and, most recently, expressive culture in relation to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on residential schools in Canada. Most recently she co-edited Aboriginal Music in Contemporary Canada. Echoes and Exchanges (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2012) which received a Choice Academic Book award. Among her other publications are Native American Music in Eastern North America (OUP, 2008) and Music and Gender (co-edited, U Illinois P, 2000).

Active in the development of ethnomusicology in Canada at Queen’s University, York University as well as Memorial University, she has been recognized for moving Canadian music studies in new directions and mentoring a generation of scholars who have greatly expanded the histories of cultural diversity. Diamond will serve as the President of the Society for Ethnomusicology in 2013-15. She was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2008, named a Trudeau Fellow (2009-12), and a Member of the Order of Canada (2013). 

Selected Recent Publications

Books and Edited Collections:

Aboriginal Music in Contemporary Canada. Echoes and Exchanges. (co-edited with Anna Hoefnagels), McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012.

MusiCULTURES (Special Issue on Indigenous Modernities, co-edited with Kati Szego and Heather Sparling). 39/1, 2012.

Native American Music in Eastern North America. Oxford University Press, 2008.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

“’Re’ Thinking: Revitalization, Return and Reconciliation in Contemporary Indigenous Expressive Culture.”  Trudeau Lectures, 2010-11.  Montreal: Trudeau Foundation of Canada. 118-140, 2012.

“Recent Studies of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Music in Canada.” In Anna Hoefnagels and Beverley Diamond, eds.  Aboriginal Music in Contemporary Canada. Echoes and Exchanges. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012, 1-30..

“Native American Contemporary Music: The Women.” In Max Peter Baumann, ed. Readings in Ethnomusicology. (Reprint from The World of Music in a compilation of influential articles from the past decade.) Berlin: Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung, 2011.

“Decentring Opera: Early 21st-century Indigenous Production.” In Pamela Karantonis and Dylan Robinson, ed. Opera Indigene.  Aldershott: Ashgate. 2011, 31-56.

“Music of Modern Indigeneity: From Identity to Alliance Studies.” European Meetings in Ethnomusicology. The John Blacking Distinguished Lecture for 2006. 12: 169-190, 2007. Reprinted in Dan Lundberg and Gunnar Ternhag, eds. Yoik. Aspects of Performing, Collecting, Interpreting. Stockholm: Skrifter Utgivna av Avenskt Visarkiv, 2011, 9-36.

“’Allowing the Listener to Fly as They Want to’: Sámi Perspectives on Indigenous CD Production in Northern Europe.” Worlds of Music, Thematic issueon “Indigenous Peoples, Recording Techniques, and the Recording Industry.  Karl Neuenfeldt guest editor. 49/1: 23-49, 2007.

“Santu’s Song Revisited.”  Newfoundland and Labrador Studies. Music issue.  22/1: 229-259, Spring 2007.

“Local Logics and the Gendering of Music Technology: A Newfoundland Case Study.” Intersections: Canadian University Music Review. (Special Issue on Women and Music Technology, guest edited by Andra McCartney). 26/2: 49-62, 2007.

“Reconnecting: University Archives and the Communities of Newfoundland.” In Anna Hoefnagels and Gordon E. Smith, eds. Folk Music, Traditional Music, Ethnomusicology. Canadian Perspectives, Past and Present, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 3-12, 2007.

“Whither CSTM.” In Anna Hoefnagels and Gordon E. Smith, eds. Folk Music, Traditional Music, Ethnomusicology. Canadian Perspectives, Past and Present, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 231-36, 2007.

“Canadian Reflections on Palindromes, Inversions, and Other Challenges to Ethnomusicology's Coherence.” Invited plenary paper for the 50th anniversary conference of the Society for Ethnomusicology. In Ethnomusicology  49/3: 324-36, 2006.

“The Soundtracks of Indigenous Film,” In Diane Tye, Martin Lovelace, and Peter Narvaez, eds. From Bean Blossom to Bannerman: Festschrift for Neil Rosenberg. St. John’s: MUN Folklore Publications, 125-54, 2005.

“Media as Social Action:  Native American Musicians in the Recording Studio,” In Paul Greene & Thomas Porcello, eds. Wired for Sound: Engineering and Technology in Sonic Cultures. Hanover: Wesleyan University Press and the University Press of New England, 118-137, 2005.