Hi! I am Rachel and love that you are in this space with me.
I hope the following information explains a bit more about the ethno/musicology I practice. I actively embrace newer trends in our field by employing transdisciplinary methodology in my research.
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Motti Regev 2013 writes via Serge Lacasse in (Re)generations of Popular Musicology:
"World culture is one complexly interconnected entity, in which social groupings of all types around the globe growingly share wide common grounds in their aesthetic perceptions, expressive forms, and cultural practices."
Beginning my academic career as a performer and later graduating with a degree in vocal performance & ethnic studies (Mills College, Oakland, CA) I had too many questions about globalization, the interaction between the local and the global, of musical diaspora and how it a/effected musical discourse. It seemed very central to the pieces I performed and the background of the artists/music makers I knew.
Living abroad and studying other cultures - I felt home while studying the forms of popular music in so-called ‘peripheral’ countries (who count for the vast majority of living human beings) and how they contribute to the academic discourse; the implications of historical roots in sociological discourse; and how local musicking practices as diaspora communities in the United States, developed syncretically.
Combining ethnographic fieldwork, musicology and interdisciplinary theory, I research historically undocumented BIPOC women in music and the inter/sectionality of sex, race, gender, and identity using a transdisciplinary approach
My research is about pleasure and philosophy. I can't find enough time (forgive me for bending your ear if we met in person) to talk about the ways we as humans interact with these two words
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Where have you studied? I have lived for a year or more in multiple countries and conducted research related to music in Latin America, China, the Middle East, Europe, and North and East Africa.
Why study women? Women who identify as she/her or they/them are historically underrepresented in history. This also applies to Popular Music Studies, Ethnomusicology and Musicology, etc.
What does BIPOC mean to you? My most recent work centers women of color in Oakland, CA. The Black Panthers and Berkeley/Oakland activism (previous long-time resident) have played a large role in my philosophy of "what a person of color" is in the context of the United States. Also, the "peripheral" countries (remember, most of the world's population) of the world are where I learned the place of my pleasure and philisophy related to the worlds of music.