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1st Colloquium of the Year! Sept. 23 3:30-5

From Tango Bars to iPods on Memory Lane:
Doing Multimodal and Experiential Ethnomusicology through Film

Friday, September 23, 2016
3:30 - 5:00 pm Performance and Lecture Hall
800 N Indiana Ave

Dr. Jennie Gubner
Visiting Lecturer
Department of
Folklore & Ethnomusicology

This talk will begin with my experiences as a filmmaker, violinist, and community organizer in the late-night neighborhood tango music scenes of Buenos Aires and will end with a discussion of a collaborative project I developed with my students and the residents of the Alzheimer’s and dementia units of two nursing homes in Maine. I will use these contrasting field sites to frame a broader discussion about filmmaking as a critical
methodology for experiential ethnographic knowledge production in and out of the classroom.

Moving away from the common idea that audiovisual work should supplement ethnographic writing, I willargue that we need to spend more time developing vocabularies that speak specifically about the ways film does things differently than written words and the theoretical contributions these other approaches to knowledge making can bring to the field of ethnomusicology.


Biography: Jennie Gubner is a visiting Lecturer in Ethnomusicology in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at IU, Bloomington. She received her doctorate from UCLA in 2014 after completing a multimodal dissertation on the politics of neighborhood tango music scenes in Buenos Aires. She has been involved with tango culture in Buenos Aires as an ethnographer, filmmaker,violinist, and community activist since 2005. Last year, she worked as a Faculty Fellow in the Departments of Music and Latin American Studies at Colby College in Maine.

--- This announcement was posted September 12, 2016