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Siv B. Lie

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Assistant Professor, Musicology & Ethnomusicology

(301) 314-2007

3110B The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
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Education

Ph.D., Music, New York University

Research Expertise

Citizenship
Musicology & Ethnomusicology
Race/Ethnicity
Semiotics

Siv B. Lie (“seev bee lee”; she/her) is interested in relationships between cultural production, race and politics. Her research in ethnomusicology and linguistic anthropology examines how Romani (“Gypsy”) groups use music and language to advance their own sociopolitical and economic interests. Her current book project, "Django Generations: Hearing Ethnorace, Citizenship, and Jazz Manouche in France," shows how music and language shape ethnoracial and national belonging among French Manouche populations. Through ethnographic, performance-based and archival research methods, her work takes an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the politics of expressive practices and the commodification of culture. She has published in Ethnomusicology, The Journal of the American Musicological Society, Popular Music and Society, Ethnic and Racial Studies and Jazz and Culture. Lie 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 curator of the music section of RomArchive, the first digital archive of Romani arts and cultures led in large part by Roma. She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Music at New York University and is also a violinist, violist and vocalist in a variety of genres.

More information about Lie, including a list of publications, is available on www.sivblie.com. You can also find her on Twitter (@sivblie).

Lie’s teaching aligns closely with her research interests. She is committed to helping students develop critical viewpoints on the intersections between music, identity, language and politics. She also trains students to pursue ethically-grounded ethnographic research.

In addition to her primary appointment in the School of Music at UMD, Lie is affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology; affiliate faculty in the School of Theater, Dance, and Performances Studies; affiliate faculty in the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity; and affiliate faculty at the Center for Global Migration Studies.

Courses

Recent Courses Include:

MUSC220/ANTH298B: Selected Musical Cultures of the World

MUSC260: Music as Global Culture

MUSC438M: Sounds of the Mediterranean

MUSC438R: Roma in Europe

MUSC633: Field Methods in Ethnomusicology

MUSC679L/ANTH688L: Music and Language

Creative

Ethnomusicology Faculty Member Delivers Paper on the Racialization of Romanies

Siv B. Lie (ethnomusicology) delivered a paper at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in Boston on November 1.

School of Music

Lead: Siv B. Lie
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Siv B. Lie (ethnomusicology) delivered a paper at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in Boston on November 1. The paper, titled "Django in Paris: Curating Patrimony, Acoustic Territory, and Ethnoracial Marginality," explored the racialization of Romanies in a museum exhibition and was part of a panel called "The Guitar in History." She also participated in a roundtable titled "Ambivalent Populisms: Musical Politics and Policy in Contemporary Europe" at the annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology on November 7. Her contribution, "Cultural Activism's Living Legacies," explored the musical and activist history of a pro-Romani nonprofit in France.

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Ethnomusicology Faculty Member Delivers Paper on the Racialization of Romanies

Siv B. Lie (ethnomusicology) delivered a paper at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in Boston on November 1.

School of Music

Lead: Siv B. Lie
Dates:

Siv B. Lie (ethnomusicology) delivered a paper at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in Boston on November 1. The paper, titled "Django in Paris: Curating Patrimony, Acoustic Territory, and Ethnoracial Marginality," explored the racialization of Romanies in a museum exhibition and was part of a panel called "The Guitar in History." She also participated in a roundtable titled "Ambivalent Populisms: Musical Politics and Policy in Contemporary Europe" at the annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology on November 7. Her contribution, "Cultural Activism's Living Legacies," explored the musical and activist history of a pro-Romani nonprofit in France.