Dr. Timothy Cooley, alum of Northwestern University, took part in a workshop celebrating the recent opening of the new Ryan Center for the Musical Arts at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music on April 8, 2016. The event, entitled "Sounding Spaces: A Workshop on Music, Urban Space, Landscape, and Architecture," featured faculty from the Bienen School of Music and visiting scholars from UCLA, Princeton, and Tulane University. Each speaker discussed a particular aspect of sound and space, with topics cutting across centuries, geographies, and genres. Read Dr. Cooley's abstract for his talk, "Sound, Waves, and -Scapes," here, or learn more about the workshop here.
Dr. Cooley will next travel to the United Kingdom to present a research paper, “Singing, Surfing, and Colonial Legacy in Hawai?i,” and serve as a panelist on the Closing Plenary Session roundtable at the British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference on April 14-17, 2016. Read Dr. Cooley's abstract here, or learn more about the conference here.
On May 12th, Dr. Cooley will present the Valente Lecture at UC Davis. His talk is titled "Songs, Surfing, and Postcolonial Sustainability," and the abstract can be viewed here. For more about the Valente Lecture, please click here.
To conclude his spring tour, Dr. Cooley will serve as the External Examiner for a PhD student at the University of Limerick's Irish World Academy of Music and Dance on May 21st.
Dr. Cooley's research focuses on Eastern European folk music; American popular, vernacular and folk music; theories of ethnicity, nationalism, globalization, and tourism; fieldwork practice and epistemologies. He is the author of several books, including Surfing about Music (2014, University of California Press), Shadows in the Field: New Perspectives for Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology, 2nd Edition (2008, Oxford University Press/editor with Gregory F. Barz), Making Music in the Polish Tatras: Tourists, Ethnographers, and Mountain Musicians (2005, Indiana University Press/winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, 2006 Orbis Prize for Polish Studies), and Shadows in the Field: New Perspectives for Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology (1997, Oxford University Press/editor with Gregory F. Barz). Read more about Dr. Cooley's work here.