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Symposium: Gendering Africa: Musical Perspectives

General Programming

dateMarch 4, 2022 timeFriday, 10:00am EST locationVirtual Event
  • Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • The Committee on Equity and Diversity of the Columbia University School of Arts and Sciences
  • African American and African Diaspora Studies Department
  • Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
  • Institute of African Studies
  • The Italian Academy
  • Institute for the Study of Sexuality and Gender
  • Department of Art and Music Histories in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University
  • Center for Ethnomusicology
  • The Department of Music
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.
Event title, date, and headshots of presenters, performers, and panel chairs

Gendering Africa: Musical Perspectives is a day-long online symposium hosted by the Center for Ethnomusicology, in the Department of Music at Columbia University. It will feature presentations from African and African-descended women ethnomusicologists and performers who center sub-Saharan Africa in the ongoing conversation concerning gender and music. It is designed to locate, highlight and put in dialogue the perspectives and lived experiences of women of African descent in the discourse on gender and music in Africa. This focus resists both sub-Saharan Africa’s peripheral status within the discourse on gender and music and the neglect of gender perspectives within Africanist ethnomusicology on topics ranging from performance practices to musical instruments to music and identity. Topics covered also represent a broad geographical scope that clarify the depth and breadth of the African landscape in the conversation on music and gender.

View the full program here.

This event will be fully virtual. Registration is free but required.