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Siv B. Lie Appointed Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology

Wed, Apr 19, 2017


The University of Maryland School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Siv B. Lie to its ethnomusicology faculty.

Lie will receive her Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the Department of Music at New York University. Her research in ethnomusicology and linguistic anthropology examines the cultural politics of expressive practices and minority rights with a focus on how Romani ("Gypsy") populations use music and language to serve their own social, political, and economic interests. Through ethnographic, performance-based, and archival research methods, her work takes an interdisciplinary approach to how expressive practices intersect with power dynamics among majority and minority groups. Her dissertation, "The Cultural Politics of Jazz Manouche and Romani Representation in France," asks how the genre of jazz manouche shapes contemporary interethnic relations, and more broadly, how music becomes political. This project has been supported by the Global Research Initiatives at NYU Paris, the Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Chateaubriand Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, the NYU Torch Prize Fellowship, and the NYU Andrew Sauter Fellowship for Predoctoral Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Siv has published in Popular Music and Society and Ethnic and Racial Studies and has a chapter forthcoming in the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice series from Duke University Press. She is co-founder and Principal Coordinator of the Initiative for Romani Music at New York University, an organization that brings together scholars, artists, and community members to raise awareness about Romani musics and cultures. She is also a violinist, violist, and vocalist in a variety of genres.