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ETHN 304 - Decolonizing Ethnomusicology: Moving from Colonial Approaches of Extraction to Community Engagement

FC CNDP, DDHU CD
4 credits
What does it mean to decolonize ethnomusicology? This course moves from a consideration of colonial practices of extraction to models of community-engaged collaboration, repatriation and dissemination, while critically examining and engaging the discourse of “decolonization.” The first module employs a hands-on approach to history by engaging primary source materials from the late 19th and early 20th centuries focusing on colonial technologies (e.g. phonograph), institutions (e.g. archives, museums, educational institutions, recording industry, world’s fairs), and individuals. The second module shifts our attention to practices and methodologies necessary in any attempt to decolonize, including prioritization of BIPOC voices. The class is part intellectual history of the anthropological and ethnomusicological engagement with sound, part examination of how knowledge is produced and disseminated, and part methodology (how we could do research and disseminate it). Each student will work on personal contributions to the class Digital Humanities site in order to make knowledge publicly accessible.
Prerequisites & Notes: ETHN 100 or CMUS 103 suggested; and/or ETHN course @200 level.



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