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Rebetiko Worlds: Ethnomusicology and Ethnography in the City


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Biography
Ethnomusicologist with a special interest in the anthropological study of music. She was born in Serres, in 1972. She graduated from the department of History and Archaeology (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) and continued her postgraduate studies in Ethnomusicology at Goldsmiths, University of London (U.K.). Her doctoral thesis was supervised by Pr. John Baily and was published under the title Rebetiko Worlds: Ethnomusicology and Ethnography in the City (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007). She also studied piano and music theory at the Contemporary Conservatory of Thessaloniki (Greece). She is currently editing a collection of essays entitled Singing Europe: Spectacle and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest, which will be published in the series Europea: Ethnomusicologies and Modernities by Scarecrow Press (series editors: Philip Bohlman and Martin Stokes). She is the author of entries for the Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World (Vol. VIII-XII: Genres, edited by John Sepherd and David Horn). Her research interests focus on the ethnographic representation of music, europeaness and the politics of spectacle, soundscapes and the senses. She is teaching courses on anthropology of music at the department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology (Univ. of Thessaly).
Courses

2000-2006. Lecturer at the department of Music Science and Art (Univ. of Macedonia, Thessaloniki). Courses taught: Ethnomusicology and Folklore, Musics of Oriental Cultures, Musics of the World, Introduction to the Study of Traditional Music, History of Greek Music, Folklore Studies.


2004-2011. Lecturer at the department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology, Univ. of Thessaly. Courses taught: Ethnomusicology, Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Music Culture, Music and Gender, Urban Anthropology, Anthropology of Performance, Music Cultures in Europe, Anthropology of Music, Anthropology of Sound, Music and History in the Greek city, Ethnography of Music, Music and Politics, City and Culture, Soundscapes and Culture.
Postgraduate courses: Music Cultures (2008-2009), Music and Europeaness (2010-2011).
Publications:


  1. Monographs / Edited volumes




  • Tragaki, Dafni, 2007. Rebetiko Worlds. Ethnomusicology and Ethnography in the City, London, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Edited version of the doctoral thesis. For further information visit http://www.c-s-p.org/Flyers/Rebetiko-Worlds.htm.

  • (forthcoming) Tragaki, Dafni (editor). Singing Europe: Spectacle and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest, Lanham, Maryland, Toronto, Oxford: Scarecrow Press. In the series, Europea: Ethnomusicology and Modernities.Series editors: Philip Bohlman και Martin Stokes.




  1. Chapters in edited volumes




  • 2005. «Humanizing themasses’: enlightened intellectuals and the music of thepeople’». In, The Mediterranean in Music: Critical Perspectives, Common Concerns, Cultural Differences. Editors: David Cooper and Kevin Dawe. Lanham, Maryland, Toronto, Oxford: Scarecrow Press., pp. 49-75.




  • «Rebetiko» and «Βouzouki music». Entries for the Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, Volumes VIII - XII: GENRES. Εditors: John Shepherd και David Horn. The Continuum International Publishing Group Limited (London, U.K.).




  • [forthcoming]. «Sounds of monstrosity. Spectacular ontologies of Europeaness». In, Singing Europe. Spectacle and Politics in the Eurovision Song Context. Editor: Dafni Tragaki. Lanham, Maryland, Toronto, Oxford: Scarecrow Press.




  • [forthcoming]. «Ιntroduction». Introductory chapter for Singing Europe. Spectacle and Politics in the Eurovision Song Context. Editor: Dafni Tragaki. Lanham, Maryland, Toronto, Oxford: Scarecrow Press.




  • 2010. «Εpistemological questions for the ethnographic study of music». In, Qualitative Methods in Social Sciences. Epistemological, Methodological and Moral Issues. Editors: M.. Dafermos and M. Pourkos. Αthens: Topos.




  1. Articles in periodicals

  • 2003. Introduction, critical discussion and translation in Greek of the article «Amin-e Diwaneh: the musician as madman» by John Baily (originally published in Popular Music, The South Asia/West Crossover, Paul Oliver and John Baily, eds., Cambridge Univ. Press, Vol. 7 (2), 1988: 133-146). Journal Μusikologia, January 2003, pp. 171-190.




  • 2006. «‘Other sounds’: music, heterotopia and orientalism in postcolonial worls». In, Music, Sound and Space. Tetradia (Νο 1), Publications of the School of Folk and Traditional Music, Hepirus, Arta, 2006, pp. 11-18.




  1. Conference proceedings

  • 2006. «Songs of the miserables: modern times and the music of the ‘collective sadness’». Proceedings of the conference Agricultural Society and Folk Culture, 25-27.05.2005. Organization: French Institute of Athens, Panteio University, Agricultural University of Athens.




  • «Byzantine music and ethnography: theoretical and methodological suggestions». In, Byzantine Music in the 21st c.: Problematics and Perspectives. Proceedings of the conference organized by the Univ. of Macedonia, Dept. of Music Science and Art.




  • [forthcoming]. «The ‘nearby us Orient’ in the digital world: sampling and hybridity». In, Folklore Studies in Greece and Turkey. Proceedings of the conference organized by Univ. of Thessaly.




  1. Film

Ethnomusicological research and soundtrack for the film «Αthanasios Athanasiou, and eternal life», Αthens: ΙΝΚΑΣ Film & TV Productions, 2000. (http://www.inkasfilms.com/documentaries.html). Screened at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival of (Μarch 2000), Kalamata International Documentary Film Festival (Οctober 2000), Festival Εureka Screening, Istanbul (2001), Music Documentary Festival, Rome (February 2005), 6th Annual Festival of Greek Cinema, San Francisco.
Research

  • 1997. Research in the region of Serres for the “Organization and Management of Cultural Programs” (Greek Ministry of Education/ Greek Ministry of Culture).




  • July-August 1999. Preliminary music research in Rodopi region (Greece, Bulgaria, Eastern Thrace) for the Research Institute on Music and Acoustics (Athens).




  • September 1999. Data taxonomy for the construction of the electronic database on Greek music for the Research Institute on Music and Acoustics (Athens).




  • 2001-2003. Ethnomusicological research and fieldwork trips to the city of Kavala and the island of Thasos for the research program “Macedonia” (Lilian Voudouri Library, Athens Concert Hall). Editing of the ethnographic data for the database of the research program.



  • 2006-2011. Research on the politics of the Eurovision Song Contest. Field trip to Belgrade, Μay 2008 / fieldtrip to Dusseldorf, May 2011.




  • Current research interests:

  • Filmic representation of music

  • City soundscapes, senses of the city and the representation of the city in sound.


Conferences / lectures /seminars

Conferences

Α. International

  • 2001. «Doing urban ethnomusicology at home: theoretical and methodological orientations for understanding rebetiko music culture today». Paper presented at the conference Researching Rebetiko: Present Projects and Future Prospects. Organization: Τhe Institute for Rebetology (Ed Emery). Hydra, 18-21 October 2001.




  • 2002. «The nostalgia for the lost innocence of Greek music: performing authenticity in the context of rebetiko song revival in Thessaloniki». Paper presented at the conference Ethnomusicology and Authenticity. Organization: British Forum for Ethnomusicology. Goldsmiths, Univ. of London, 9.11.2002.




  • 2004. «Conceptualizing home: the intangible ‘ours’». Paper presented at the annual conference of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology Ethnomusicology at Home - Transformed States. University of Aberdeen (U.K.), 15-18 April 2004.




  • 2005. «The songs of the miserables: modern times and the music of the ‘collective sadness’». Paper presented at the conference Agricultural Society and Folk Culture, 25-27.05.2005. Organization: French Institute of Athens, Panteio University, Agricultural Univ. of Athens.




  • 2008. «Sounds of monstrosity. Spectacular ontologies of Europeaness». Paper presented at the conference Singing Europe. Spectacle and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest. Univ. of Thessaly, Dept. of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology. Volos, 29.02 – 02.03 2008.




  • 2008. «The ‘depth’ of the ‘surface’, the ‘surface’ of the ‘depth’: re-visiting Blacking’s theory on structures». Joint paper (with Emilios Tsekenis, Univ. of Aegean) presented at the conference Music Structures. Organization: Fourth Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology (CIM 08), Dept. of Music Studies, Aristotle Univ., ESCOM (European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music), ESEM (European Society for Ethnomusicology) and ΙMS (International Musicological Society). Thessaloniki, 02-05 July 2008.




  • 2009. «Urban folk song research: past and present orientations». Paper presented at the conference Μusic and Society. Organization: Univ. of Cyprus, Cyprus Musicological Society. Nicosia: 21-22 March 2009.




  • 2009. «Rebetiko revival, heterotopia and cosmopolitanism». Paper presented at the annual conference of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology Μusic, Culture and Globalization. Organization: John Moores University, Liverpool, 16-19 April 2009.




  • 2010. «Τhe ‘great divide’, the ‘popular’ and ‘the expert’». Paper presented at the annual conference of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology Musical Knowledge. Organization: Oxford University (U.K.), 8-11 April 2010.




  • 2010. Chair for the panel «Μusic and State Socialism», at the annual conference of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology Musical Knowledge. Organization: Oxford University (U.K.), 8-11 April 2010.




  • 2010. «The music of ‘the nearby us Orient’ today». Paper presented at the conference Folklore Studies in Greece and Turkey. Organization: Univ. of Thessaly, Volos, 5-6 June 2010.




  • 2010. «‘Crossing the Bridge’. Filmic representations of the everyday in music». Paper presented at the international conference The Everyday. Organization: Greek Semiotic Society, Dept. of French Studies and Modern Languages, Univ. of Cyprus, Nicosia, 5-7 November 2010.


Β. In Greece

  • 2003. «The experience of music in field research as a way of being-in-the-world». Paper presented at the conference Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to the Research and Study of Music Culture in Greece, Univ. of Macedonia, 24.05.2003.




  • 2004. «Stathis Damianakos and the study of rebetiko». Paper presented at the conference Stathis Damianakos and the rebetiko song. Organization:Univ. of Thessaly, 05.05.2004.




  • 2005. «‘Other sounds’: music, heterotopia and orientalism in the postcolonial world». Paper presented at the conference Music, Sound and Place, School of Traditional and Folk Music, Hepirus, Arta, 19.06.2005.




  • 2006. «Digital sounds, ‘world music’, ‘world fusion’». Paper presented at the conference Technoculture: New Technologies, New Epistemologies. Univ. of Thessaly, 08.04.2006.




  • 2007. «Byzantine music and ethnography: theoretical and methodological suggestions». Paper presented at the conference Byzantine Music at the 21st Century, Univ. of Macedonia, 21.04.2007.


Lectures/seminars

  • January 1998. «Urban entertainment places and ideological disputes: an exploration of the pre-history of rebetiko music in Greek society at the end of 19th century». Research talk at the postgraduate course in Ethnomusicology, Goldsmiths, Univ. of London.




  • 26.04.99. «Dances and songs in the city: the musical physiognomy of Athenian society in postwar years». Lecture at the Research Institute for Music and Acoustics (Athens).




  • 17.07-7.08.2003. Panel discussant for «The Balkan Studies Seminars in Olympia». Organization: Univ. of Macedonia, Univ. of Patra, Kokkalis Foundation. Participants: Donna Buchanan (Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Sonia Seeman (Univ. of California, Santa Barbara), Svanibor Petan (University of Ljubljana).




  • 30.05.2005. «Performing authenticity today». Lecture at the dept. of English Studies, Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki.



  • 12.10.2006. «Rebetiko and the Greek Left». Lecture at the dept. of History and Anthropology, Univ. of Aegean.




  • 14.01.2011. «The sound of the city: filmic trajectories of the everyday in music». Lecture at the dept. of History and Archaeology (Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki), organized in association with the Univ. of Macedonia.


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