Summertime! And the livin is…busy

Hello readers!

As you may have noticed, our posts haven’t been coming as fast and as furious as they used to. Summer time is usually considered “time off” for academics, but it can often be just as busy as the school year (if not busier). We are working, taking care of family, moving house, dissertating, and finishing major projects, some of which are related to this blog. So please bear with us through the summer months. We still have awesome posts for the parenthood and ethnomusicology series, Jennie and the WannaBeEthno bloggers will be contributing posts, and Ana is working hard to keep the News & Calls page updated.

As always, thank you for reading and for your support! If you have ideas for a post, would like to contribute to a series, or know of an event that should be added to News & Calls, please contact us at

Have a happy summer!

– Heather, Ana, Liza, and Jennie


In Discipline

Since Ana first initiated In Discipline, we at the SU blog have had some wonderful interactions and connections with our fellow ethnomusicology students. One thing this series has taught me is that international connections are vast and important. While this series’ focus has been on students from Europe, this week’s contributor demonstrates how far these connections reach and the impact they can have on us as students. Cara Stacy is a PhD student in the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town and SOAS, London. She got in contact with us through the British Forum for Ethnomusicology because, as she rightly noted, “it seems you don’t have any Africans who have contributed yet.” She discusses some similarities and differences between UK and South African institutions but mostly focuses on her experiences in South Africa. Thank you so much for your contribution, Cara!

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Parenthood and Ethnomusicology

This month Ana, Liza, and I are thrilled to start a new series that deals with the joys and challenges of becoming/being a parent while pursuing a graduate degree. We’ve asked fellow students and professors to share their experiences. For this inaugural post, we’d like to introduce Jen Hartmann. Jen is a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is currently writing her dissertation, which explores the occupational folklife of wedding string quartet musicians.  She is also co-editing a yet-untitled volume on music and motherhood,* slated for publication by Demeter Press in 2016. She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband, folklorist Nic, and her two daughters, rambunctious preschooler Mari and sweet baby Rosi. Thank you Jen for sharing your thoughts and insights with us!

– Heather

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