• Image of poster for Symposium on Music, Sound, and Idigeneity
Thursday, Feburary 20th 
Multicultural Center Theater 
Please note the change in location for our keynote lecture, McCune Conference Center (6th Floor of HSSB).
Join us for a panel of visiting grad students and early career scholars talking about:
We will discuss the politics of archives for indigenous people, and ongoing issues of repatriation, ownership, accessibility, and indigenous notions of preservation.
Popular Music
We will also discuss the continued importance of indigenous popular musics, which have affected more mainstream genres and are also often important to indigenous political movements.
Indigenous methodologies and perspectives will be central to our conversations.
List of speakers: Susan Jacob, Sunaina Keonaona Kale, Alexander Karvelas, Jessica Margarita Gutierrez Masini, Heidi Senungetuk, and Renata Yazzie.
Keynote speaker Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman, Professor of American Culture at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, will present on Friday, February 21, 2:45-4 pm in the McCune Conference Center on the 6th floor of the Humanities and Social Science Building. The talk is entitled "Notes Toward Indigenizing Sound Studies: Thinking, for example, about Soundscapes and Sonic Intimacies Archived in Indigenous Bodies."
Organized by UCSB ethnomusicology grad students Sunaina Keonaona Kale and Alexander Karvelas
Generously co-sponsored by CISM, the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, the Graduate Division, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, the Multicultural Center, and the Department of Music.


  1. February 20, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
  2. February 21, 2020 - 2:45pm to 4:00pm
  • image of poster for Nagoski talk
Wednesday, October 30th
5:00-7 PM
UCSB Library Special Research Collections Seminar Room
UCSB Library presents a talk-and-record-listening event by researcher and record producer Ian Nagoski. At the height of immigration to the United States 100 years ago, a wave of people from the collapsing Ottoman Empire settled in the U.S. At the same time, the burgeoning record industry in and around New York City radically hastened the distribution of musical cultures and documented thousands of performances by performers from present-day Turkey, Syria, Armenia, Lebanon, Egypt, and Greece within the U.S. And then, for a half-century, those recordings were neglected. Who were these musicians? Where did they go? How did their work affect America? Nagoski illuminates a world-within-a-world of a musical culture as it developed over two generations, reveling in the specific and presenting little-heard masterpieces.   
Ian Nagoski is a music researcher and record producer based in Baltimore, Maryland. For more than a decade, he has produced dozens of reissues of early 20th century recordings in languages other than English for labels including Dust-to-Digital, Tompkins Square, his own Canary Records, and others. His enthusiastic talks have been hosted at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens Greece, the University of Chicago, and New York University, and he has presented his work in installation at the Museum fur Naturkunde in Berlin Germany, the Wellcome Center in London England, and the Peale Center in Baltimore Maryland. A fragment of his work is included on the MoonkArk, the first object to be permanently installed on the moon, in 2020.
"Nagoski is a Walter Benjamin visionary, using his collection of 78s to hallucinate a history that actually happened but which remains hidden beneath official dogma and nationalisms.” - Marcus Boon, the Wire

"Nagoski's approach is great, because he's got a DJ's ear, and he's got this historian's perspective. He's looking at these songs as somewhere between a poem and an autobiography." - Jace Clayton, DJ/rupture

"His work is so rare and important that it should almost be treated as a ritual object, a pathway to the past and a voice for ghosts of a forgotten part of American musical history." - Nate Wooley, SoundAmerican

Listen to the podcast recording here!
Co-sponsored with UCSB Library and the Center for Middle East Studies
  1. October 30, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
  • alexandra lippman talk poster
Wednesday, June 5th
3:30 - 5 PM (followed by reception and live DJ set)
MUS 1145
In anticipation of hosting the World Cup (2014) and the Olympics (2016), Rio de Janeiro intensified efforts to craft an auditory experience of the city that would convey the right impression to a global audience. Music and sound have long served as symbols of Brazil. I discuss how aurality becomes a political force through the emergence of two distinct forms of sonic politics around local popular music, funk carioca: criminalization and, what I call, culturalization. While criminalization mutes and controls an existing sensory world, culturalization creates an artificial or sanitized representation of sound and appeals to law to claim legitimacy as “culture.” Funk carioca’s criminalization in favelas and culturalization in the formal city reveals how different modes of governance are spatialized within the city. 
Alexandra Lippman is an Assistant Project Scientist in the Department of Anthropology at UCLA. Her manuscript, Opening Culture: Intellectual Property, Piracy, and Pacification in Brazil explores how alternative intellectual property practices impact creativity, technology, and music. She has published in Anthropology Today, Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society and Norient, has several book chapters published by MIT Press, and co-edited a volume, Gaming the Metrics: Misconduct and Manipulation in Academic Research (MIT Press, 2019). She also engages with multimodal scholarship through sound performance and curation, having founded the Sound Ethnography Project in 2010 and co-founded the music label and project Discos Rolas in 2018.
**Event to be followed by an end-of-year party and live DJ set by Dr. Lippman (aka Xandão) in the Music Bowl**
  1. June 5, 2019 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm