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Course Name
Turkish Etnomüzikolojinin Temelleri
English Foundation of Ethnomusicology
Course Code
MYE 507E Credit Lecture
Semester -
3 3 - -
Course Language English
Course Coordinator Wıllıam Sumıts
Course Objectives 1, Through readings and discussion, to deepen students’ knowledge of the history of ethnomusicology,
2, To explore the theoretical approaches ethnomusicologists have used in the past and are using today,
3, By familiarizing themselves with the literature of ethnomusicology, to help students develop a personal view of the mediation of their research, emphasizing written texts and the importance of audio and video supplements,
Course Description Introduction to ethnomusicology, historical world views of early ethnomusicologists, transcription analysis, sound structure as social structure, ethnography, uses and functions of music, oral tradition, semiotics, relationship between music and society, concept of gender, historical and recent trends in ethnomusicology,
Course Outcomes On successful completion of this course students will gain the following knowledge, skills and competencies:
1. Knowledge of the history of ethnomusicology,
2. Knowledge of the current ethnomusicological theories,
3. Competency in critisizing published materials,
4. Competency in identifying hidden assumptions behind ethnomusicological research,
5. Knowledge of American, European, and Turkish ethnomusicological perspectives,
Required Facilities
Textbook Kunst, Jaap. Ethnomusicology: A study of its nature, its problem, methods and representative personalities to which is added a bibliography, 3rd ed. The Hague: Marinus Nijhoff, 1974 (1955).

Marinelli, Riccardo. “Melting Musics, Fusing Sounds: Stumpf, Hornbostel, and Comparative Musicology in Berlin”. In The Making of the Humanities, Volume III: The Modern Humanities, edited by Rens Bod, Jaap Maat, & Thijs Weststeijn, 391-401 (2014).

Racy, Ali Jihad. “Historical Worldviews of Early Ethnomusicologists: An East-West Encounter in Cairo, 1932.” In Ethnomusicology and Modern Music History, edited by Stephen Blum, et al, 278-308. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1991.

Merriam, Alan P. “Definitions of ‘Comparative Musicology’ and ‘Ethnomusicology’: An Historical-Theoretical Perspective.” Ethnomusicology 21, no. 2 (1977): 189-204.

Nettl, Bruno. “Paradigms in the History of Ethnomusicology.” College Music Symposium 19, no. 1 (1979): 66-77.

Gourlay, Kenneth. “Towards a Reassessment of the Ethnomusicologist’s Role in Research.” Ethnomusicology 22, no. 1 (1978): 1-35.

Stone, Ruth. Let the Inside Be Sweet: The Interpretation of Music Event among the Kpelle of Liberia. Bloomington: Trickster Press, 2010 (1982). (Chapters 1-3 only)

Feld, Steven. “Sound Structure as Social Structure.” Ethnomusicology 28, no. 3 (1984): 383-409.

Anderson, Benedict. “The Origins of National Consciousness.” In Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origins and Spread of Nationalism. 37-46 London: Verso, 1983.

Hobsbawn, Eric. “Introduction: Inventing Traditions.” In The Invention of Tradition, edited by Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger, 1-14. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Ranger, Terence. “The Invention of Tradition in Colonial Africa.” In The Invention of Tradition, edited by Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger, 211-262. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Rice, Timothy. “Toward the Remodeling of Ethnomusicology.” Ethnomusicology 31, no. 3 (1987): 469-488.

Appadurai, Arjun. “Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy.” Public Culture 2, no. 2 (1990): 295-310.

Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Barbara. “Theorizing Heritage.” Ethnomusicology 39, no. 2 (1995):367-380.

Lysloff, René. “Mozart in Mirrorshades: Ethnomusicology, Technology, and the Politics of Representation.” Ethnomusicology 41, no. 2 (1997): 206-219.

Schafer, Murray. “Music, the Soundscape and Changing Perceptions.” In Soundscapes: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World, 103-122. Rochester: Destiny Books, 1994.

Turino, Thomas. “Signs of Imagination, Identity, and Experience: A Peircian Semiotic Theory for Music.” Ethnomusicology 43, no. 2 (1999): 221-255.

Feld, Steven. “Acoustemology.” In Keywords in Sound, edited by David Novak and Matt Sakakeeny, 12-21. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015.

Feld, Steven. “A Rainforest Acoustemology.” In The Auditory Culture Reader, edited by Michael Bull and Les Back, 223-239. Oxford: Berg, 2003.

Clayton, Martin. “Toward an Ethnomusicology of Sound Experience.” In The New (Ethno)musicologies, edited by Henry Stobart, 135–169. Plymouth, UK: Scarecrow Press, 2008.
Fargion, Janet Topp. “For My Own Research Purposes?: Examining Ethnomusicology Field Methods for Sustainable Music.” The World of Music 51, no. 1 (2009): 75-93.

Titon, Jeff Todd. “Knowing Fieldwork.” In Shadows in the Field: New Perspectives for Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology, edited by Gregory Barz and Timothy J. Cooley, 25-41. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
Manuel, Peter. “North Indian Sufi Popular Music in the Age of Hindu and Muslim Fundamentalism.” Ethnomusicology 52, no. 3 (2008): 378-400.

Downey, Greg. “Listening to Capoeira: Phenomenology, Embodiment, and the Materiality of Music.” Ethnomusicology 46, no. 2 (2002): 487–509.
Neuman, Dard. “Pedagogy, Practice, and Embodied Creativity in Hindustani Music.” Ethnomusicology 56, no. 3 (2012): 426-449.

Shelemay, Kay Kaufmann. “Musical Communities: Rethinking the Collective in Music.” Journal of the American Musicological Society 64, no. 2 (2011): 349-390.

Bates, Eliot. “The Social Life of Musical Instruments.” Ethnomusicology 56, no. 3 (2012): 363-395.

Anderson, Benedict. “Globalization and Its Discontents.” Field Day Review 1 (2005): 177-188.

Stokes, Martin. “Music and the Global Order.” Annual Review of Anthropology 33 (2004): 47-72.

Taylor, Timothy D. “The Commodification of Music at the Dawn of the Era of ‘Mechanical Music’.” Ethnomusicology 51, no. 2 (2007): 281-305.

Wallach, Jeremy. “The Poetics of Electrosonic Presence: Recorded Music and the Materiality of Sound.” Jounral of Popular Music Studies (June 2003): 34-64.

Pettan, Svanibor. “Applied Ethnomusicology in the Global Arena.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Applied Ethnomusicology, edited by Svanibor Pettan and Jeff Todd Titon, 29-53. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Herbert, David G., and Jonathan McCollum. “Methodologies for Historical Ethnomusicology in the Twenty-First Century.” In Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicology, edited by Jonathan McCollum and David G. Herbert, 35-83. London: Lexington Books, 2014.

Titon, Jeff Todd. “The Nature of Ecomusicology.” Musica e Cultura: revista de ABET 8, no. 1 (2008): 8-18.

Cusick, Suzanne. “Musicology, Performativity, Acoustemology.” In Theorizing Sound Writing, edited by Deborah A. Kapchan, 25-45. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2017.

Giannattasio, Francesco. “Introduction.” In Perspectives on a 21st Century Comparative Musicology: Ethnomusicology or Transcultural Musicology?, edited by Francesco Giannattasio and Giovanni Giuriati, 10-29. Udine: Nota – Valter Colle, 2017.

Feld, Steven. “On Post-Ethnomusicology Alternatives: Acoustemology.” In Perspectives on a 21st Century Comparative Musicology: Ethnomusicology or Transcultural Musicology?, edited by Francesco Giannattasio and Giovanni Giuriati, 82-98. Udine: Nota – Valter Colle, 2017.

Grove Music Online, ,
Ethnomusicologists’ biographies, from Grove Music Online,
Feld, Steven, 1984, “Sound Structure as Social Structure,” Ethnomusicology 28,
Post, Jennifer C, 2006, ed,, Ethnomusicology: A Contemporary Reader, New York: Routledge,
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