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Matsushita, Elizabeth


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


I study constructions of modernity, identity, nationalism, race, and ethnicity during the colonial period in French North Africa and Egypt, with a focus on musical encounters and the study and representation of Arab and North African musical genres. My dissertation focuses on the development of musicology and ethnomusicology in both European colonial bodies and indigenous institutions, and the ways in which study and observation of indigenous music both mapped onto and intervened upon dominant discourses of race, nation, and modernity in French North Africa. I investigate major events such as the Cairo Congress of Arab Music in 1932 and the Fez Congress of Moroccan Music in 1939, as well as the work of prominent scholars from both Europe and North Africa, to better understand the impact of musicological study on colonial and national projects. My research focuses in particular on Morocco, and I have worked in the archives there as well as in Tunisia, France, Egypt, and Lebanon. My formal background in music means I introduce interdisciplinary methods from ethnomusicology and history into my work and utilize sound and musical notation in addition to traditional textual evidence.

DISCIPLINE
History
SUB AREAS
Identity/Representation   
19th-21st Centuries   
Nationalism   
Music   
Colonialism   
AREAS OF INTEREST
Maghreb   
Egypt   
Algeria   
Tunisia   
Morocco   
SPECIALTIES
Arab and North African Music   
Racial, Ethnic, and National Identity   
Colonialism and Nationalism   
LANGUAGES
Spanish (Advanced)   
French (Advanced)   
Arabic (Advanced)   
EDUCATION
MA2011HistorySan Francisco State University
BA2007Music, HistoryUniversity of California, Davis
ABSTRACTS ACCEPTED AT MESA MEETINGS SINCE 2009
Echoes of the Maghreb: Modernity, Empire, and the Fez Congress of Moroccan Music (2017)   
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Elizabeth Matsushita






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