Lecture: "Ethnography across Time and Place: Musical Encounters in the Polish Tatras and Toronto"
This talk offers a reflection on ethnographic encounters with individuals around music over a period of more than 30 years. A series of small views, or moments, offer a lens into performative strategies of resilience, enunciations of personhood, opportunities for inclusion and ways of sounding local across diasporic divides. The Polish Tatras here provide the focal point for engaging with questions of identity and belonging during times of trouble and change.
Louise Wrazen, Ethnomusicology, York University
Room 130, 80 Queen's Park
Louise Wrazen is an ethnomusicologist with a background in musicology and education. Her research concerns music and dance in transnational contexts and global networks; music and gender; music, place and memory – with a focus on the Tatra mountain region of southern Poland. New research projects include music and (dis)ability; discourses of musical diversity in Toronto; humour and music of the Tatras in transitions to a new Europe. Professor Wrazen is currently working on a monograph on ethnographic and narrative interventions in music life stories. She co-edited the volume Performing Gender, Place, and Emotion (University of Rochester Press, 2013). Her articles have appeared in the journals Ethnomusicology, Yearbook for Traditional Music, Intersections, The Anthropology of East Europe Review, Canadian Journal for Traditional Music (now MUSICultures) and Asian Music, and she has contributed to the edited volume Women Singers in Global Contexts and The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, among others.