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Faculty Profile

Ellen Gray

Associate Professor of Music (2016)

Contact Information

grayl@dickinson.edu

Weiss Center for the Arts Room 210
717.254.8718

Bio

Lila Ellen Gray holds a PhD in cultural anthropology (2005), a MA in music (2000), and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from Duke University and a BA in humanities from New College of Florida (1993). Her teaching and research interests include: urban ethnomusicology; sound studies; gender; peripheral early musics; vocality; Portugal; the Lusophone world; and Europe’s South. Her book, Fado Resounding: Affective Politics and Urban Life (2013 Duke University Press), is a musical ethnography of fado, Portugal’s most celebrated musical genre, and was the recipient of the 2014 Woody Guthrie Award of the International Association for Popular Music (IASPM-US). Her present work concerns European early music communities, amateur musicianship and mass tourism, and the labors of sound, heritage, and the senses in the context of multiple forms of precarity across Europe’s South. Publications include articles in Ethnomusicology, History and Anthropology, and Anthropology and Humanism. She has previously taught at Columbia University and at the University of Amsterdam. At Dickinson, she teaches in both the fields of early music and ethnomusicology. Her courses are informed by longstanding commitments to interdisciplinary scholarship and emphasize the role of sound and music in shaping socio-cultural life.

Education

  • B.A., New College of Florida, 1993
  • M.A., Duke University, 2000
  • Ph.D., 2005

2019-2020 Academic Year

Fall 2019

MUAC 101 History of Music
An introductory course for students with some previous music experience providing training in intelligent listening through chronological discussion and analysis of selected representative works from the Middle Ages to 1750.

ANTH 205 Music and Place
Cross-listed with MUAC 355-01.This course provides an introduction to contemporary work on music and place from an ethnomusicological perspective. It situates specific musical case studies within an interdisciplinary theoretical framework that draws from the fields of cultural anthropology and geography, cultural studies, and performance studies. Music often shapes deeply felt experiences of place, belonging and the local while simultaneously possessing a facile capability for travel, displacement and transformation. In the current political climate where nationalisms and regionalisms sometimes escalate in tension with senses of belonging and social solidarities formed via imagined communities and international coalitions, this course looks to sound and music as a lens into understanding how senses of place and displacement, longing and belonging are shaped, felt and experienced. In making an argument for the critical position of music to understanding relations between the “local” and the global, to understanding the role of the imagination, the body and feeling in shaping the experience of belonging and locality, this interdisciplinary course bridges the arts and the social sciences.

MUAC 355 Music and Place
Cross-listed with ANTH 205-01.This course provides an introduction to contemporary work on music and place from an ethnomusicological perspective. It situates specific musical case studies within an interdisciplinary theoretical framework that draws from the fields of cultural anthropology and geography, cultural studies, and performance studies. Music often shapes deeply felt experiences of place, belonging and the local while simultaneously possessing a facile capability for travel, displacement and transformation. In the current political climate where nationalisms and regionalisms sometimes escalate in tension with senses of belonging and social solidarities formed via imagined communities and international coalitions, this course looks to sound and music as a lens into understanding how senses of place and displacement, longing and belonging are shaped, felt and experienced. In making an argument for the critical position of music to understanding relations between the “local” and the global, to understanding the role of the imagination, the body and feeling in shaping the experience of belonging and locality, this interdisciplinary course bridges the arts and the social sciences.