Welcome to MMaP
Welcome to the Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media, and Place (MMaP) at Memorial University. MMaP engages in a wide range of research projects on music and culture, as well as applied ethnomusicology and outreach activities. Located in the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre, MMaP’s facilities are home to Memorial’s MA and PhD programs in ethnomusicology, visiting scholars, and postdoctoral research fellows.
MMaP Hosts Virtual Residency by Dr. Rumya Putcha
After a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MMaP is pleased to announce the return of our Scholar-in-Residence Series. From March 7–11, 2022, we’ll be joined by Dr. Rumya Putcha, assistant professor of women’s studies and music at the University of Georgia, for a week-long virtual residency including an exciting program of events. The highlight will take place on March 8, when Dr. Putcha will present “Somatic Orientalism and the Indian Body in Empire”—the latest in our Music & Culture Lecture Series. The following evening, MMaP and The Nexus Centre, together with other Memorial partners, will co-host an informal public talk entitled “Yoga and White Public Space.” Dr. Putcha will also lead seminars in two ethnomusicology graduate classes and meet individually with students to discuss their research. We’re delighted to welcome Dr. Putcha to MMaP!
The Cultures of Sound Network Expands
MMaP is thrilled to welcome the Centre for Sound Communities at Cape Breton University to the Cultures of Sound Network. Established in 2018 by MMaP, the Sound Studies Institute at the University of Alberta, the Canadian Museum of History, and Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage through its Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the goal of this unique international alliance is to develop new initiatives for creating, preserving, and disseminating knowledge about music and culture. Read more about the Network here.
MMaP Launches New Journal
MMaP is delighted to announce the launch of its new journal, Music Research Annual. Edited by Harris M. Berger and Jocelyne Guilbault, MRA is the first peer-reviewed, open-access journal devoted to publishing review essays from the full range of academic disciplines that study music. Each article explores the current state of scholarship on a key topic within a discipline or interdisciplinary juncture and charts ways forward to new research. Led by a group of renowned scholars, the journal seeks to forward academic inquiry into music and foster interdisciplinary dialog. Volume one includes articles by noted scholars Martin Stokes, Robin James, Stephen Davies, Blake Howe, and Hollis Taylor. New articles are published on the journal’s website throughout the year. To keep up with the journal, you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or sign up for email notifications on the journal’s landing page.
MMaP Hosts Virtual Album Launch: Doughboys and Molasses, Oh!
On November 26, 2020, MMaP hosted the virtual launch of our latest Back on Track series album: Doughboys and Molasses, Oh! Traditional Songs from the Gros Morne Region. The launch was screened on MMaP’s YouTube channel and featured performances of songs from the album by special guest musicians, as well as greetings from project partners. Watch the video to learn more about the musical heritage of this distinctive region of Newfoundland’s west coast.
MMaP Receives Major Award from the Society for Ethnomusicology
At the 2020 meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), MMaP received the Judith McCulloh Public Sector Award, which is given in alternating years to an individual or organization whose “work contributes significantly to public understandings of ethnomusicology.” With this award, SEM has acknowledged the work of all of those scholars and staff who have contributed to MMaP’s success since its inception, as well as numerous guest producers and student researchers. The award was presented by Dr. Nancy Groce, Senior Folklife Specialist from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. In her remarks, Dr. Groce observed that McCulloh Award was particularly competitive this year, with the committee considering 23 nominations from seven countries.
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