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.


Riedel Lecture Postponed

Friedlind Riedel’s November 15, 2022, Music and Culture lecture has been postponed due to illness. When a new date has been set, an announcement will be posted to here.

New Website Launches! Folk Songs of Atlantic Canada from the Collections of MacEdward Leach

Between 1949 and 1951, American folklorist MacEdward Leach recorded almost 700 songs from singers on the island of Newfoundland and in Gaelic-speaking areas of Nova Scotia. Folk Songs of Atlantic Canada from the Collections of MacEdward Leach is an online archive that make his recordings available. It is a major revision of the MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada website, which was published by MMaP in 2004. The new site offers complete recordings of songs from the Leach collection (rather than excerpts), carefully restored audio, new search capabilities, contemporary web design and functionality, and updated texts. We invite you to explore the collection!

MMaP Hosts Virtual Residency by Dr. Rumya Putcha

After a hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, MMaP is excited to announce the return of our scholar-in-residence series. From March 7 to 11, 2022, MMaP will host a virtual residency of Dr. Rumya Putcha, who is an assistant professor appointed in the Institute for Women’s Studies and the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. On March 8, Putcha will present an address in our Music & Culture Lecture Series titled “Somatic Orientalism and the Indian Body in Empire.” The following evening, MMaP, Memorial University’s Nexus Centre, and other Memorial partners will co-host an informal public talk entitled “Yoga and White Public Space.”  Putcha will also lead seminars in two ethnomusicology graduate classes and meet individually with students to discuss their research. Welcome to MMaP, Dr. Putcha!

The Cultures of Sound Network Expands

MMaP is delighted to welcome the Centre for Sound Communities at Cape Breton University to the Cultures of Sound Network. Established in 2018 by MMaP, the Canadian Museum of History, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and the Sound Studies Institute at the University of Alberta, this unique international alliance develops initiatives for the creation, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge about music, sound, and culture.

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 CD in our Back on Track Audio Publication Series, 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 the project’s 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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