[call for papers] Ecomusicologies

call4papersEcomusicologies 2012
30-31 October 2012, New Orleans
Pre-Conference (Live & Virtual) to the AMS/SEM/SMT 2012 Joint Annual Meeting Continue reading

Visiting Scholar [theory]: Prof. Steven Rings

Dear friends in musicology (this sounds much better than “friends in

Next week, we will be hosting Prof. Steven Rings (University of
Chicago). On Tuesday, he will be giving a public lecture on issues that
are central to his recent book (*Tonality and Transformation,* Oxford
Univ. Press, 2011), guest teaching my doctoral seminar, and leading a
Cawthon Colloquium. Prof. Rings’s work is centrally on transformational
theory, but he invariably blends this approach with others and his
analyses are often historically informed. In short, his work crosses
disciplinary and methodological boundaries (and he’s also a great
speaker and writer), so I wanted to invite you to cross any perceived
disciplinary boundaries and feel free to attend at least some of these

Tuesday, February 28:
10:00-11:00: Public lecture: “Quale and Chroma Revisited.” (KMU 240)
2:00-4:30: Doctoral Seminar (HMU 202). Visitors welcome. Prof. Rings’s
book is on reserve in the library under Buchler. It would be great if
interlopers could look through it/read as much as possible, especially
of chapters 1-2 and look at Schubert’s song “Erster Verlust” (op. 5, no. 4).
5:00-6:15 Happy hour with students and faculty at Fermentation Lounge.
6:30-7:20: Cawthon Colloquium (Cawthon Hall)

If any of you would like to meet individually with Prof. Rings, please
e-mail me with your Wednesday morning schedule, and I’ll do my best to
accommodate you.

With best regards,


Michael Buchler
Associate Professor of Music Theory
Florida State University

Visiting Scholar: Dr. Christina Rosa

Dear Musicologists,

As a reminder, Dr. Cristina Rosa from the FSU School of Dance will be visiting on Monday, February 20th. We have three events planned for Dr. Rosa:
Coffee Talk with Dr. Rosa-10:00 AM HMU Lounge
Samba dancing: A syncopated way of articulating ideas corporeally- 7:30 PM LON 201
Reception- Immediately following lecture, KMU Lounge
WORLD MUSIC INSTRUCTORS: Please consider offering your students extra credit for this event. It should be an enlightening lecture and it has been wonderful to have so much undergraduate participation in our lecture series.
I know that Monday will be a busy day for everyone considering our current faculty search. The SfM board has worked to make sure no events clash with these interviews. Dr. Rosa is very excited to discuss our research and build collaboration between music and dance studies. She is also only at FSU for one semester as a visiting professor. Do not miss this opportunity! I have included her abstract and bio below.
Carmen Miranda (1909 – 1955) is perhaps one of the most powerful, yet
controversial, symbols ever produced about Brazil. Beyond her charismatic voice and her
exotic costumes, the auspiciousness with which Miranda moved to the rhythm of Black
music has given international visibility to a particular kind of bodily syncopation that, in
Brazil, is commonly known as ginga. In this short presentation, I will trace the presence of
this sensual and off-beat way of moving in samba, paying close attention to the ideas it
mobilizes through action. First, I identify ginga as the foundational element within a system
of bodily organization and knowledge production – ginga aesthetic – anchored on aesthetic
principles common to the African diaspora, such as polycentrism and polyrhythm. I then
examine samba as an umbrella term, historically cultivated within territorialized black spaces
in Brazil. Whether performed inside a dancing circle, behind a marching band, on stage, or
for the camera, samba’s polycentric and polyrhythmic dialogues across bodily parts,
especially between hips and feet, provoke mis-alignments in space and syncopations in time.
Furthermore, samba dancers employ ginga aesthetic as a rhetorical strategy that mobilizes
implicit or explicit desire. Across my presentation, more importantly, I will argue that the
non-verbal discourses articulated through samba dancing provide us with concrete evidence
of the active role of Africans and their descendents in the modern construction of Brazil as an
imagined community.
Cristina Rosa is an interdisciplinary artist and a scholar in the field of dance studies.
Her areas of interest include Afro-Brazilian movement practices (e.g. dance forms and
martial arts) and contemporary dance forms. Rosa is a currently a Visiting Assistant
professor at FSU’s School of Dance. Previously, she taught at Universidade de Brasilia
(Brazil), California Institute of the Arts, and UCLA. Educated in both the United States
and Brazil, Rosa holds a PhD in Culture and Performance from University of California,
Los Angeles and a graduate certificate in Ethnic and Racial Studies and African Culture
from Universidade Federal da Bahia. Her recent research projects focus on the relationship
across embodiment, knowledge production, and processes of identification within colonial
and post-colonial contexts. With an emphasis on both historiography and movement
analysis, her forthcoming book “Swing Nation: Brazilian Bodies an their Choreographies of
Identification” examines the construction of identity in Brazil through movement.
I look forward to this event and the continuation of our spring lecture series. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.
Best wishes,

Megan MacDonald
(254) 855-6426
Visiting Scholars Coordinator, Society for Musicology

CV Writing Workshop!

Hello, Everyone!
We have another colloquium coming up this Friday 17, February at 7:30PM in HMU 125!  Dr. Von Glahn and Dean Beckman have both graciously offered to present their perspectives on how to write an excellent CV (Curriculum Vita).  Please take advantage of this opportunity to learn from representatives of our esteemed faculty and administration!
Ashley Geer
SfM Secretary