Dr. Harris Berger
Canada Research Chair in Ethnomusicology
Director of the Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media, and Place (MMaP)
MMaP Research Centre, Room 149, Arts & Culture Centre
Phone: (709) 864-3701
Harris M. Berger is a scholar working in the fields of ethnomusicology, folklore studies, and popular music studies. His research focuses on American popular music, heavy metal music, and the theoretical foundations of ethnomusicology and folklore studies. Metal, Rock, and Jazz: Perception and the Phenomenology of Musical Experience (Wesleyan University Press, 1999) was his first book, and his articles have appeared in a range of journals that includes Ethnomusicology, Popular Music, the Journal of American Folklore, and the Journal of Folklore Research. He and Michael T. Carroll co-edited Global Pop, Local Language (University Press of Mississippi, 2003), a volume on the politics and aesthetics of language choice and dialect in popular musics around the world. He and Giovanna P. Del Negro are the authors of Identity and Everyday Life: Essays in the Study of Folklore, Music, and Popular Culture (Wesleyan University Press, 2004), a collection of original essays in social and cultural theory. His most recent work includes Stance: Ideas about Emotion, Style, and Meaning for the Study of Expressive Culture (Wesleyan University Press, 2009) and Metal Rules the Globe: Heavy Metal Music around the World (Jeremy Wallach, Berger, and Paul D. Greene, eds., Duke University Press, 2011).
In 2010, Berger and Del Negro completed a five-year term as the editors of the Journal of American Folklore. Alone or with one or two others, Berger served from 2005 to 2012 as series editor of Wesleyan University Press’s Music/Culture book series. In 1996, he founded the Popular Music Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology, which he chaired till 2004. He has served as president of the US Branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music and, most recently, as president of the Society for Ethnomusicology. In 2016, he was appointed director of the Research Centre for the study of Music, Media, and Place at Memorial University of Newfoundland.