This response defends ethnomusicology against Amico’s call for its end, even as the “ethno-” prefix has already become optional in certain contexts. Addressing Amico’s critiques of gender, repertoire, method, and colonialism, the response argues that ethnomusicologists are thinking creatively about the same set of issues raised by Amico and rejects the claim that abandoning ethnomusicology would repair the inequities of music scholarship and music departments. Rather than welcoming the end of ethnomusicology, the response looks toward a future in which music departments collectively embrace a decolonizing mission and discard the West/non-West binary.
Still an Ethnomusicologist (for Now)
Anna Schultz is associate professor of music at the University of Chicago, where she is also an associate member of the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations and a member of the Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies. The core issue animating her research in India and beyond is music’s power to activate profound religious experiences that in turn shape other identities. Her first book, Singing a Hindu Nation: Marathi Devotional Performance and Nationalism, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013; her second book, Songs of Translation: Bene Israel Gender and Textual Orality, is also under contract with Oxford.
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Anna Schultz; Still an Ethnomusicologist (for Now). Journal of Musicology 1 January 2020; 37 (1): 39–50. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jm.2020.37.1.39
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