Faculty of Humanities Charles University in Prague, is announcing three ethnomusicology summer schools for local and international students:
Music and Youth Cultures: Between Global and Local/Czech
(June 6-17; prof. Garcia and prof. Verbuč; see the details here)
Ethnomusicological Method from the Ground-Up
(June 20-28; prof. Reyes; see the details here)
Contemporary Issues in Ethnomusicology
(June 20-28; prof. Reyes; see the details here)
The courses will be held in English.
All costs (transport, accommodation, meals) are covered by students themselves. The organizer will arrange accommodation at Charles University dorms upon request.
Participation fee for international students is 30 euros (free for Charles University and Erasmus+ students).
Students will have a possibility to obtain 3 ECTS credits for their participation.
Students can apply for one, two, or all three ethnomusicology summer courses.
Application: students who wish to participate in a particular summer school must send (all in English):
the application form (the text version / in Word, as well as the signed and scanned version / as PDF or image),
CV (curriculum vitae),
proof of current university enrolment.
by March 15, 2016 to the following email address: (for Music and Youth Cultures) or to (for Ethnomusicological Method from the Ground-Up or Contemporary Issues in Ethnomusicology).
Applicants will be notified about their acceptance within two weeks after the deadline.
For more information please contact David Verbuč or Zuzana Jurková .
For organizational issues, contact the International Office of the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague .
The purpose of the summer school Music and Youth Cultures: Between Global and Local/Czech is to study music youth cultures both globally and locally, through theory and ethnographic practice.
There will be classes held every morning on the working days, which will be taught by two ethnomusicologists: FHS faculty member David Verbuč (specialization in American DIY music venues and scenes), and a guest lecturer Luis-Manuel Garcia from the University of Birmingham (specialization in urban electronic dance music scenes). They will be joined by several local guests: scholars of, and participants from, various Czech youth music cultures, past and present.
The students will attend lectures, engage in discussions with our guests, watch selected movies, and explore and study Prague's vibrant and diverse music venues and scenes. They will be required to do a small amount of readings, and conduct a mini ethnographic research.
The lectures will focus on theoretical issues, and on selected case studies of Western and non-Western music youth cultures. However, the emphasis of the program will be to analyze and examine global music youth cultures in their Czech (and other local) manifestations (through lectures, readings, discussions and interviews with local participants, field trips, and participant-observation at music events).
Luis-Manuel Garcia is a Lecturer in Ethnomusicology and Popular Music Studies at the University of Birmingham (UK), with previous appointments at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Berlin) and the University of Groningen (Netherlands). His research focuses on urban electronic dance music scenes, with a particular focus on affect, intimacy, stranger-sociability, embodiment, sexuality, creative industries and musical migration. He is currently conducting a research project on ‘techno-tourism’ in Berlin while preparing a book manuscript, Together Somehow: Music, Affect, and Intimacy on the Dancefloor. More information available here.
See David Verbuč's biography here.
Both of these two courses will be taught by Prof. Adelaida Reyes. Contemporary Issues in Ethnomusicology classes will be held in the mornings, and Ethnomusicological Method from the Ground-Up classes in the afternoons.
Prof. Adelaida Reyes got her Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Columbia University, and has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Juilliard School of Music, and New Jersey City University. She is the author of Songs of the Caged and Songs of the Free. Music and the Vietnamese Refugee Experience (Temple University Press), Music in America (Oxford University Press), and numerous articles.
Reyes received fellowships from Columbia University, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright Specialist Program, Rockefeller Foundation, Oxford University, and Rockefeller Research Center at Bellagio.
She is a recipient of a lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Ethnomusicology (Mid-Atlantic Chapter), and has a lifetime membership from the European Seminar in Ethnomusicology.
The significance that ethnomusicology gives to the context from which music draws meaning requires due attention to global and local forces that affect the environment in which musical lives are lived. This course responds to that requirement by examining some of the most salient contemporary phenomena that shape those environments (e.g., migration, globalization, technology).
At the same time, the course will be attentive to theoretical approaches that shed light on the integration of music and such contemporary contexts. Case studies will provide illustrations as well as springboards for further discussion.
This course takes an interactive approach to methodology. Underscoring the value of the experiential, the course begins with observable field situations (with audiovisual materials to simulate reality) and the simple questions they initially raise. Emphasis will be placed on learning through an awareness of the step-by-step procedures by which those early questions are continually refined in the course of the search for understanding and explanation.
Supplementing the experiential will be readings from the literature on method in ethnomusicology as well as from related disciplines. Ultimately, the aim is to lay a methodological foundation that can support methods applicable to a wide range of ethnomusicological research.