Mason, Kaley

Kaley Mason

Kaley Mason

Kaley Mason, Assistant Professor in the Department of Music, co-organized a symposium with Philip V. Bohlman called “Sound Works: Musicians and Media in South Asian Cities.” In addition to bringing together diverse scholars from ethnomusicology, anthropology, and film studies, the event also featured a Hindustani sitar concert by visiting scholar and artist in residence, Prof. Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, from Rabindra Bharati University. Other activities this year included an invited talk on musicians and politics in South India for a musicology colloquium series at Northwestern University, as well as conference presentations on the social status of musicians in South Asia and the distribution of musical agency in the production of film songs for Malayalam commercial cinema.  He also contributed a review of Christine Guillebaud’s Le chant des serpents: Musiciens itinérants du Kerala (Paris : CNRS Éditions 2008) for the journal, Cahiers d’Ethnomusicologie. Currently, he is preparing an article on social capital and musicians in South India, a co-authored article on gender, text, and performance in Malayalam film songs, a chapter on music and labor in a forthcoming edited volume, and an edited volume proposal drawing on ideas presented at the Sound Works symposium.

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